French Porcelain

Royal Limoges: The Art of French Porcelain

J.M. Towers

One of the most renowned porcelain manufacturers in the world, their current and exclusive designs continue a tradition that began in 1797.

With a history that started over two centuries ago, Royal Limoges continues to impress us with their masterful porcelain creations. The legendary French house recently presented six exquisite collections: Le Blanc, Les Bucoliques, Les Contemporains, Les Incrustations, Les Traditionnels, and Les Collectors, made for costumers who love art and carefully designed objects of desire.

Royal Limoges

Founded in 1797, Royal Limoges is the oldest porcelain factory in the city of Limoges, France. The story of its renowned tableware began in 1768, when massive deposits of kaolin were discovered in Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, near Limoges. Kaolin is a rock that contains a fine white clay used to manufacture high-quality porcelain, very similar to the Chinese, considered the best in the world.

Thus began a new ceramics industry in Europe. By edict of King Louis XVI, the town of Limoges was given the sole right to produce porcelain for the kingdom of France. In 1816, the company settled on Rue Donzelot, near the Vienne River, from where they could transport the vast amount of wood needed to fuel their furnaces. The company continues to prepare its kaolin in their factory using secret techniques. This tradition of more than two centuries, together with the most advanced technology, has turned Royal Limoges into an emblematic family business in the ever-challenging world of fine porcelain.

Royal Limoges

Currently, the brand’s different designs are all unique and designed by real artists. A highly sophisticated production plant located in Le Dorat adds the latest technology to safeguard the labor and the distinctive traditional techniques of Royal Limoges.

The tableware, accessories and gift items from Royal Limoges are also a huge success outside France, and many of its pieces were created exclusively for renowned hotels such as the new Fouquet’s Barrière and Le Meurice, both in Paris, and El Djazair in Algiers, Algeria. Even the Häagen-Dazs cafes around the world have a new vintage collection expressly made by Royal Limoges.

There are still dining establishments that retain their original Royal Limoges dinnerware as if it were a treasure. An excellent example is the famous Brasserie La Coupole, a jewel of the Parisian art deco and iconic symbol of the Montparnasse district, which has a full set of dishes manufactured in 1927 and continues to use them on special occasions.  ■

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