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City of the Famous Limoges Porcelain

Limoges, Limousin province, is a city, situated about 250 miles southwest of Paris in the Vienne Valley with a population around 140,000. It's famous for its ceramics industry; the city's porcelain workshops employ more than 10,000 people.

It was this world renown porcelain that made Limoges a stop during our trip through France. The shops there are like art museums, with a variety of porcelain dishes, dainty little boxes and statues, each one intrically and beautifully done - works of art.

History of Limoges

The 12th century Limoges was a seat of the viscounty of Limoges and in 1589 was the capital of Limousin province. It has a history of war, pestilence, and famine; in 1370, Edward the Black Prince burned the city and massacred its inhabitants. The famous Limoges enamel industry was fully developed by this time thanks to the work of Léonard Limousin. Due to the devastation during the Wars of Religion, the industry did declined, however the ruler Turgot, brought back Limoges’ prosperity in 1771 by introducing the china manufactures.

In 1768, Macquer, a Limoges chemist, had found a kind of white clay called "kaolin". By 1830, there were 30 porcelain factories. David Haviland, an American merchant, arrived in Limoges and founded his own factory. In 1880, when Haviland was awarded an International Exhibition, Limoges was the most appreciated porcelain factory in Europe and in America.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A town with sooo much beautiful porcelain
  • Cons:Not enought money to buy everything you want
  • In a nutshell:If you're a Limoge lover, this is the place for you
  • Last visit to Limoges: Aug 1998
  • Intro Updated Jun 25, 2004
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  • fabrice's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2006 at 4:07 AM

    "être limogé" in french means to be fired ; because in the past, unwanted people were sent to limoges as a punishment ; even nowadays , we love to laugh at people living in limoges, because we think it must be so boring to live there

  • birchy99's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2005 at 4:51 PM

    Very, very informative pages. Any way of telling the real porcelain from knockoffs? Probably evident at a glance, eh?

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2005 at 8:13 AM

    Very good tips especially that one on The Making of Limoges Porcelain!


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