You just bought a limoges tea pot...it all began as you walked around Paris and wandered down the small cobblestone streets. It was in a store window, you loved it, but didn't know much about it.
The store owner was happy to talk to you about the limoges that you bought and you were intrigued and set out to learn more.
It's all in the paste...the kind of hard paste porcelain pottery, made in or around Limoges, France. It does’t refer to one particular maker of ceramic pieces.
When local supplies of kaolin clay, and a material similar to "petuntse" an important ingredient in porcelain, were discovered nearby that porcelain making came to Limoges around the late 1700s and continues today.
Hermees Coffee/Tea Pot
You can find limoges products grouped into three areas:
You will find absolutely elegant and good quality limoges today. But it will be somewhat different naturally as compared to the antique pieces of years past. Things were just done differently.
According to the manufacture's directions I have seen on most new Limoges tea pot set, you can put them in the dishwasher. Nice if you are having a large party for quick clean up but I still think I would prefer to wash them by hand.
I found a nice limoges tea pot at michaelcfina.com, www.salliehome.com and some on Amazon.com. The prices for these pieces range from around $25.00 to sets of $2,500 and more.
Check ahead if you are planning to go to a local department store to buy. Some may carry the pieces, some don't, or only carry a small selection.
Haviland Company Helps Bring Limoges to America
This company was a popular maker of Limoges geared to the American public.
There is a story that I love in her book, Haviland China, Volume One by Gertrude Tatnall Jacobson. It goes something like this. In 1839 a women stopped by the store of David Haviland and was hoping to have her broken piece of dinnerware replaced.
They couldn't replace it and this started David Haviland on his journey of discovering more about this piece. He knew it was made of porcelain and by looking at its qualities that it was French.
Havilland Coffee/Tea Pot
So off to France he went and found the factory that did make his customer’s dinner piece. (I am not sure from my research if he ever brought back the piece to the women in the U.S.A. or was able to replace it for her).
Me too!!! The period of mid 1800s to around 1930 is a popular period among Haviland Limoges collectors. The really old Limoges made prior to the mid 1800s is usually in museums so you may not be able to buy it but you can go see it!!
Collectors take into account the following when looking at antique Limoges:
In the end I would recommend an official appraiser to check over your piece for its worth.
As a note.....If you have a plate or cup by Sinclair or Faberge they are known to have produced limited editions of Limoges and are rare.
Be careful of fakes which may be stamped Limoges, France but next to it has another stamp, such a made in China.
Most likely not! Not all Limoges pieces are worth tons of money but they are still fine pieces to have. The worth depends on the condition of the piece, the amount of detail that went into the piece and the artist who did the work.
Again, check with an appraise if you think you may have “hit the jackpot” and have a rare Limoges.
I personally would be thrilled to find a limoges in my attic instead of spiders.
Most likely they were the results of smaller sets being made for a child’s tea. Another theory is that the miniature sets were carried around by salesmen of the time to show clients…so the set was made small enough to carry. (Source: Haviland China, Volume 1, Gertrude T. Jacobson).
Replacements.com is a place that I have come across online (I have not dealt with them as of yet) but they do seem to have fabulous regular and miniatures limoges.
What make this place so special? This town located in the countryside in France has been famous for its high quality porcelain ware since the late eighteenth century.
You can hop on the high speed train in Paris and be in this beautiful place in around 3 hours.
It still maintains its reputation for fine ceramics and is a great place to find distinctive, beautiful, well made tea pots and other ceramic items.
Take a look at the Musee National Adrien Duboche. It is the show place for its collection of Limoges porcelain http://www.musee-adriendubouche.fr
King Louis XVI had a factory and was interested in making ceramic decorations for one of his properties but something known as the French Revolution got in his way! He most likely was not a happy King at this point!!
After the Revolution private factories were established. These included Bernardaud, as well as Haviland and Company.
Throughout the nineteenth century, the limoges tea pot and other pieces were in high demand throughout France and the rest of the world.
Wow! Can you feel the history and gorgeous work?