Dating limoges porcelin
The discovery of the kaolin meant that French manufacturers could produce the fine white porcelain similar to the fine porcelain of China.
The first pieces of Limoges dinnerware were made in the Serves porcelain factory and were marked with royal crests.
These pieces are not especially collectible today, but many are lovely, which means a handsome collection can be put together rather inexpensively.
Because of the vast number of pieces manufactured, there are many antique Limoges pieces available and finding them is part of the joy of collecting.It was successful enough that the King of France purchased the plant in 1784 so it could exclusively make white porcelain to be decorated at the royal porcelain factory at Sèvres outside of Paris.During the 19th century, particularly during the Victorian era, a number of famous porcelain factories established themselves, including Alluaud, Baignol, Gibus et Cie., Pouyat, and Tharaud.Antique Limoges bonbonnières from the 19th century are quite collectible, and they made a reputation for Limoges firms.That’s probably one reason why in postwar France, just about every gift shop catering to tourists did a respectable business selling novelty Limoges miniatures.