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Limoges china is the term given to porcelain made in Limoges, France. This fine china was first produced in factories in Limoges in the late 1700s.
Many people think that Limoges is the name of a company but this is not true. The name Limoges can be used on any piece that is made with the kaolin clay and designated as hard-paste porcelain produced by factories around the city of Limoges, France from the late 1700s until around 1930. In fact, this is the only French law there is regarding markings on the porcelain pieces, anything else can be put on a piece. Unfortunately, this can make it difficult for a collector to identify the different pieces or manufacturers. Production did not cease in 1930, however. This arbitrary cut off date simply denotes a change in the global economy when the styles of Limoges wares notably changed from very elaborate to more basic in design. At one point in the 1920s as many as 48 companies were producing wares marked Limoges, according to ceramics expert Mary Frank Gaston in The Collector's Encyclopedia of Limoges. These pieces weren't only marked Limoges denoting their origin, however. Many pieces had factory marks and even marks showing who decorated each piece. It's important to understand, however, that the factories operating in the Limoges region primarily produced elaborately molded white wares. These undecorated pieces, also known as "blanks," were taken to decorating studios away from the factory or exported without decoration. The blanks exported to American soil often ended up in the hands of eager china painting students, with this being a popular hobby for ladies during the
Valuing Limoges Is the decor top-notch in terms of quality? Does it have finely detailed hand painting? Is it signed by the artist? Is it decorated with transfers? Naturally, with some of the Limoges pieces being decorated by amateurs, collectors sometimes notice a variation in the quality of the décor. When valuing Limoges pieces, this should be taken into consideration. High quality hand painting holds more value than the work of an unskilled porcelain painter. And if a skillfully decorated piece is signed by the artist, it can be worth even more. Some pieces of Limoges porcelain were decorated with transfers as well. These transfers were decals of sorts that mimicked hand decorating and were often combined with techniques executed by hand. Even a beautifully transferred piece will hold more value than a poorly executed hand-decorated item. Generally, however, collectors prefer hand decorated pieces and will pay premium prices to procure a nice exampl
Limoges in America
The Limoges porcelain found most often by collectors in antique malls and shops these days largely represents the American version of early Limoges, with Haviland being a prominent name. In fact, status-conscious brides often chose Haviland dinnerware sets as their wedding china in the late Victorian period, according to Gaston (The Collector's Encyclopedia of Limoges). Clever marketers for the Haviland company did research in the U.S. noting the popular designs, colors and types of tableware used in this country, which differed greatly from European preferences. From the mid-19th century to the beginning of the Great Depression, Americans extensively used Haviland Limoges dinnerware on well-set tables. This accounts for so many sets that have been passed down from grandmothers and great-grandmothers to their lucky families.
Haviland Limoges, A History of Elegance
by Deidre Woollard
The Haviland Limoges story began in 1842 when David Haviland, enthralled with the fine china coming from Limoges, France moved across the Atlantic to begin his own factory. Haviland was an importer working in New York. A customer brought in a broken tea cup looking for a match. Haviland's search for a match eventually led him to Limoges. The pure white kaolin clay found in the region produced a uniquely delicate eggshell porcelain. Not content to import the designs of others he set up his own operation. Unlike other dishware factories in the area Haviland China did not send its products to Paris for decoration. Instead Haviland set up a studio in his factory in order to create patterns that would appeal to American shoppers.
Along his sons Charles-Edward and Théodore, David Haviland grew the company and Haviland Limoges provided the state dining service for several American presidents including Abraham Lincoln, Rutherford B. Hayes and Theodore Roosevelt. The work of Impressionist artists also influenced Haviland's floral designs which went on to become wildly popular in the United States.
Today the company also sells silver, crystal and giftware but remains famous for its dishes. It is estimated that there are as many as 60,000 Haviland china patterns. Haviland Limoges produces some older designs as well as coming out with new collections to appeal to both modern clients and traditionalists. For over a century Haviland china has remained a standard for elegant tables.
Strong Manufacturing Company Originally opened in Bellaire, Ohio, Oliver and Orville Sebring convinced Thomas L. Strong to move his plant to Sebring, Ohio as there were no saloons here, which he disliked. The company manufactured enameled cooking utensils and light reflectors from 1903-1930. It was built on West California avenue in 1912, with 75,000 square feet of floor space. About 40 families moved from Bellaire to Sebring. They also enameled stove parts and Made General Electric and Westinghouse lines. It employed about 175 people at this stage. In 1921, O.H. Sebring determined that the Strong Manufacturing Company should product aluminum kitchen utensils. He bought a plant in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and moved the equipment to Sebring. The competition was tough, and he ended the line. Oliver H. Sebring bought Strong's shares in 1921, and renamed the business Sebring Manufacturing Company by combining Strong's, French China and Saxon China in 1929. It was reorganized in 1932 and given the same name. Closed in the early 1950's leaving 1,100 unemployed.
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