Dating limoges plates
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.
One of the most well known manufacturers of Limoges china is Haviland China.
Although the company was originally founded in 1841 by David Haviland, there were actually four different Haviland companies that manufactured the beautiful translucent dinnerware.
By the beginning of the 1800s, the porcelain industry was no longer under control of the Royal family.
Limoges actually refers to the area in France where the fine porcelain pieces were produced.At one time there were just under fifty china factories operating in Limoges.The first pieces of Limoges dinnerware were made in the Serves porcelain factory and were marked with royal crests.Serves, the Royal porcelain factory at the time, was commissioned by the Royal Court of France to manufacture the fine porcelain dinnerware.The history of Limoges china begins in the late 1700s when kaolin was found in the soil near the city of Limoges in the region of France known as Limousin.
The discovery of the kaolin meant that French manufacturers could produce the fine white porcelain similar to the fine porcelain of China.