Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Royal Week ~ Limoges Porcelain Fit for Royalty

It’s Royal Wedding Week

Excitement and guessing about what the bride's dress will look like are all part of what is being shared this week surrounding the upcoming Saturday nuptials at
St. George's Cathedral, Windsor Castle, England of
HRH Prince Harry of England and Ms. Meghan Markle 
a fairy tale being played out much like one 62 years ago where another American actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in April of 1956.

Today's post then is sharing some beautiful china
fit for royalty! 

This sweet Art Deco creamer with it's zeppelin ridged style is lovely used as a flower vase.

Lovely Limoges  

Porcelain tableware from the late 1800's through the 1940's from European countries such as Austria, Germany, 
Selisia {modern day Poland} and especially France capture the heart
like no other ceramicware.

Beautiful, lightweight and durable with hand-painted gold details and decorated with roses and sweet garden flowers ~

Limoges and the ceramics from this time period are just as fashionable today as when these pieces

were first made. 

Variety of uses

In today's modern setting ~ vintage and antique Limoge can be used for their original purpose as placesettings for dining or just decoratively as I tend to use many of these pieces here.

Antique china tends to have small chips often along its edges called flea bites and small crazing all over if not down and out cracks and repaired breaks which someone lovingly repaired long ago.
Other than drops, much of this is probably due to the stresses of weather and time as well as from being boxed away and stored when not in use or in fashion. 

Here I've repurposed this antique Irish soup tureen to display a candle ~ lovely!


Even if a piece doesn't have any cracks or crazing ~ hot foods can cause any lead to leak out becoming poisonous so only use antique and vintage tableware with cold foods or place a clear plate between any food and your beautiful piece. 

This O and EG Royal Austria plate was manufactured somewhere between 1898 - 1918.  I hadn't realized it was that old!

Too beautiful to just throw away past owners kept these 
ethereal pieces until it was decided to let someone else
enjoy their beauty...

This cake plate (above photograph, lower left) is really a Victorian or Edwardian era soup dish with flatter sides as was popular for
dinner parties at the turn of the last century.
This porcelain soup bowl was made by a pottery manufacturing company called O and E. G. ~ then owned by brothers
Oscar and Edgar Gutherz. 

This little antique creamer with its zeppelin shape charmingly holds some posies.

According to a site called The Porcelain Zone Oscar Gutherz
began the firm with Maximilan Marx decorating porcelain. Gutherz' brother Edgar joined the firm after Edgar bought out Marx's interest in the company.
The company was commonly called Royal Austria Factory, according to the Porcelain Zone.
From there, the brothers went on the produce porcelain themselves. 

Here are the years of production to help date a piece of their tableware if you have or find one: 

1876 - 1898: Marx and Gutherz
1898 - 1918:  Oscar and Edgar Gutherz
1918 - 1920:  OEPIAG - Österreichische Porzellan-Industrie AG
1920 - 1945:  EPIAG - Erste Porzellan-Industrie AG / Karlsbad
1945 - 1958:  EPIAG / Starorolsky Porcelán

This gilded Haviland deviled egg serving dish
has held berries on the table and does
double duty as a decorative soap holder
in our bathroom.

A collection of O and E G plates mixed with Haviland Limoges and other European tableware.

Practical uses
A practical way to use many of these pieces is by mixing them in with today's modern tableware.

My favorite thing to do is use reproduction cups and saucers that

I know can be safely used for tea or coffee and the plates themselves can be used for cold foods like

finger sandwiches, cold fruit and desserts.

If there is any doubt about using a dinner plate or salad plate
for dining then a way to use them safely is by adding a
clear glass or plastic plate over top.

My friend Gloria did this whenever she used her antique
carnival glass for our tea luncheons ~  although it
may have been safe to use "as is" since it's glass.

The extra glass plate on top doesn't detract from the look

of the table either as it is almost invisible to the eye.


Another tip

The acid in citrus fruits can also pull lead out of pieces of porcelain.
Place a paper doily under your fruit salad when serving
oranges and mixed fruit salads.

Little bits of love in a stamp...

The history of Limoges

Often we call all of these pretty porcelain pieces Limoges
but that would be a misnomer.  Limoges is a city in France where the base clay called kaoline used in this very
white porcelain was found.

David Haviland already had a thriving china shop in New York when in 1840 he went to France to find a manufacturer out of the

many in the area who would create pieces of porcelain that he could then sell to the American public.

Haviland eventually moved to the city of Limoges so he could oversee production of his tableware.

The city's name became synonymous with Haviland's china

production and hence the name Limoges stuck.

These pieces were always hand-gilded and sometimes sold as blanks to be hand-painted by women in cottage industries.
This was particularly popular at the beginning of the 20th century with American women.

Manufacturer's used a newly invented process of transferring a

lithograph onto a piece when decorating a plate or china piece in
house ~ a process of placing a pre-inked tissue stamped by copper
plates which was then "transferred" by hand by a worker
onto each china blank.
The pieces were then fired at a low temperature to fuse the
beautiful prints into the clay. 

An interesting book published by the Haviland Collectors International Foundation (HCIF) called
Celebrating 150 Years of Haviland China: 1842-1992
catalogues the history of the Haviland family and
an amazing amount of tableware pieces. 

A couple of years ago I shared my story of meeting
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York
and I thought I had shared about Royal Winton potteries as
I have a book in storage about their manufacturing facilities
and their process but perhaps not.


This book shares many photographs of the artists and young women at work applying transfers to pieces of china and hand painting ~ really interesting if you like
studying this sort of thing!


Sets of china

Monogrammed china available as souvenirs is always created for royal newlyweds and though the new Duke and Duchess won't have their official new titles bestowed upon them until
after the wedding ceremony you can bet their actual family china will be spectacular. 

For other wonderful royalty posts check out my friend
Laura Ingalls Gunn's wedding week posts on her blog
Decor to Adore.
She shares many posts on tiaras and all things royal.

A favorite photograph from this year's Valentine's post.

Sharing with
 Dishing It and Digging It
Thursday Favorite Things
Feathered Nest Friday
Sweet Inspiration
Inspire Me Monday
Friday Features
Hearth and Soul
Create Bake Grow and Gather
Tablescape Thursday
Best of the Weekend ~ Pender and Peony
Tuesday Cup of Tea ~ Antiques and Teacups
Tea in the Garden ~ Bernadine's

If you've enjoyed this post here are several others
on all things royal:

Tea with the Duchess
Add Sweet Vintage Candy Boxes to your Decor
Royal Week: Keep Calm and Drink Tea!

Three cheers for love,

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