Antiques and beautiful, Two pedestal cups Limoges Porcelain.

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Antiques and beautiful, Two pedestal cups Limoges Porcelain.

hand-painted purple and green grapes, green leaves, gold rim. Signed M.E. Clare.

Size cup : 7.5 cm H x 9.5 cm diameter

Issued: 1910

Manufacturer: J.P.L.

Country of Origin: France

Condition: Age related wear.

The manufacturing of hard-paste porcelain at Limoges was established by Turgot in 1771 following the discovery of local supplies of kaolin and a material similar to petuntse in the economically distressed area at Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, near Limoges. The materials, which were quarried beginning in 1768, were used to produce hard-paste porcelain similar to Chinese porcelain.

A manufactory at Limoges was placed under the patronage of the comte d’Artois, brother of Louis XVI, and was later purchased by the King in 1784, apparently with the idea of producing hard-paste bodies for decoration at Sèvres, although this never happened.

After the French Revolution a number of private factories were established at Limoges, including Bernardaud, Haviland & Co. and Royal Limoges.