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Limoges China



Limoges, France
Around 1765, in Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, a French village near the city of Limoges (pronounced li-mozh), a surgeon's wife used a white substance as soap to do her washing. Her husband, impressed with the results, wanted to commercialize her discovery. The couple sought help from Villaris, a pharmacist from Bordeaux, who identified the kaolin and sold his discovery to the Manufacture of S�vres.

After 1768, kaolin was mined regularly from Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, supplying Parisian manufacturers. In 1771, the production of porcelain began in the Limousin region and especially its city of Limoges. To this day, Limoges is famous for its magnificent porcelain. Only porcelain made in and around Limoges, France can be called Limoges.

Chinese imports began to decline as European companies set the style for fine tableware, although some European-made porcelain was still shipped to China for decorating. The demand for these traditional designs faded as European designs became more popular, in particular the intricate floral patterns developed in Dresden.