19C Limoges Brooch or Pendant

PRESENTING A LOVELY 19C Limoges Brooch or Pendant.

French, circa 1890.

Ormolu brass mount with hand-painted porcelain medallion of flowers.

Signed “Limoges” on the rear.

Can be used as a brooch, if a pin was attached or a pendant necklace by use of a chain.

Yellow, magents, blue, purple, green and orange flowers on a Sky Blue background.

Limoges porcelain is hard-paste porcelain produced by factories in and around the city of LimogesFrance beginning in the late 18th century, but does not refer to a particular manufacturer. By about 1830 Limoges, which was close to the areas where suitable clay was found, had replaced Paris as the main centre for private porcelain factories, although the state-owned Sèvres porcelain near Paris remained dominant at the very top of the market. Limoges has maintained this position to the present day.

Limoges had strong antecedents in the production of decorative objects. The city was the most famous European centre of vitreous enamel production in the 12th century, and Limoges enamel was known as Opus de Limogia or Labor Limogiae.[1]

Limoges had also been the site of a minor industry producing plain faience earthenware since the 1730s.

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 and Haviland & Co.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limoges_porcelain

19C Limoges Brooch or Pendant Necklace.

Provenance: From a Private Dallas Collection.

Condition: Excellent original condition.

Dimensions: 3 inches long, 2.25 inches wide and 1/8 of an inch deep.

PRICE Now: $260

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