Vintage / Antique Generously 24ct Gold Gilded Hand Painted & Hand Decorated French Limoges 9/23cm Vase / Urn In Perfect Condition. The vase is in good order without any damage whatsoever. The gold gilding is perfectly intact and there are no chips nor cracks whatsoever.
Please browse all 12 pictures for size, weight and condition as they are self explanatory. Limoges is a world renowned porcelain company.
Marco Polo was credited with the discovery of the ceramic substance called "Porcelain" during his famous voyage to China. China was the only means of import for porcelain until the end of the 17th century.
In the early 18th century Marquise de Pompadour began importing from china and manufacturing porcelain in France. Manufacture De Sevres' began near Paris and became the largest porcelain distributor in Europe. Originally the white substance used to make the fine porcelain referred to as Limoges was discovered by a chemist's wife in 1765 in hopes of being used as a soap. Yrieixin a town near Limoges France the substance was identified as a pure form of Kaolin.
The soil of the area surrounding Limoges is rich in deposits of kaolin and feldspar, the essential ingredients for hard paste porcelain. In 1771 Limoges, one of the oldest towns in the French kingdom rapidly began constructing manufacturing facilities with wood burning kilns for the production of fine porcelain. The name of the city of Limoges has become synonymous with the high quality porcelain products manufactured by those early companies.
The hand painting and decorating of Limoges porcelains was done by factory approved hired artists as well as other professional and unprofessional artists. The porcelain was used to create useful pieces and tableware such as plates, bowls, trays & pitchers. Pieces for entertaining guests, such as punch bowls, finial handled trays for treats, and tea sets.
In addition fancy decorative pieces were produced such as dresser sets, plaques & vases. Haviland is one of the most popular manufactures of Limoges found within the United States.
Since Haviland did clever marketing research based on contemporary design preferences with the United States, collectors find that many of the Limoges tableware passed down from grandmothers and great grandmothers in the states were produced by Haviland. If you are looking for any specific types of pieces you can search our inventory or let us know what you are looking for by adding watched items. True Quality Limoges pieces were produced between the late 1700's until the 1930's. Production of Limoges continued after 1930 but the quality hand painted objects changed due to global economics.
The styles became much more basic also. When looking for hand painted Limoges porcelains, collectors concern themselves with artistically pleasing pieces in very good condition.
Antique Limoges porcelain is considered the finest hard paste porcelain in the world because of three very specific characteristics. The first being the essential ingredients used in creating Limoges porcelain are all local natural ingredients, kaolin, feldspar & quartz.Then the intense firing process that forms the superb glaze that cannot be penetrated by the elements and gives Limoges porcelain that exquisite translucence. Finally, an abundance of skilled artists and the French flair for aristic design set a standard that other Europeans and American porcelain producers struggle to emulate.
Cobalt blue is a blue pigment made by sintering cobalt oxide with alumina at 1200 °C. It is extremely stable and has historically been used as a coloring agent in ceramics (especially Chinese porcelain), jewelry, and paint.Transparent glasses are tinted with the silica-based cobalt pigment smalt. Cobalt glassknown as "smalt" when ground as a pigmentis a deep blue colored glass prepared by including a cobalt compound, typically cobalt oxide or cobalt carbonate, in a glass melt. Cobalt is a very intense glass colorant and very little is required to show a noticeable amount of color. Cobalt blue glass is also used as an optical filter in flame tests to filter out the yellow flame caused by the contamination of sodium, and expand the ability to see violet and blue hues. Cobalt glass is popular with collectors and is appreciated for its attractive color. The item "Vintage Generously Gold Gilded Hand Decorated French Limoges 9/23cm Vase / Urn" is in sale since Thursday, August 30, 2018. This item is in the category "Pottery, Porcelain & Glass\Porcelain/China\Limoges". The seller is "santoor-uk" and is located in Ladywell (Near Eccles), Greater Manchester. This item can be shipped worldwide.