19th c. Limoges T&V Tressemanes & Vogt 18" Porcelain Floral Tea Service Tray
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Earthenware ceramics, called faience, was manufactured in Limoges dating back to the 1730s. Similar to Chinese export porcelain, hard paste porcelain or the material that most of us refer to today as Limoges porcelain, was first established in Limoges in 1771 after the discovery of the necessary ingredient called kaolin in nearby Saint Yrieix la Perche, France. Considered the finest hard paste porcelain in the world and named for the region in which it is made (and not for a specific porcelain maker or manufacturer), Limoges is synonymous with quality, good taste, and beauty in fine ceramics. Hand painted decorations on Limoges porcelains were executed by professional artists working as ceramic artists. Limoges porcelain certainly set the standard with its pristine porcelain body and translucent glaze. (CC: drloriv)