There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy’s life that he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure. – Mark Twain
The soil round Limoges was rich in kaolin and feldspar deposits, two clay minerals essential to producing porcelain. In 1665, a chemist’s wife living in Limoges, experimented with kaolin, hoping to improve her soap products. By 1771, Limoges, one of the oldest towns in the French kingdom, began constructing facilities with wood burning kilns for the production of fine porcelain. Hand painting was done by artists.
Limoges products are recognized as high quality porcelain, and greatly valued by collectors. True Quality Limoges pieces were produced between the late 1700’s and the 1930’s. Pieces produced post-1940 are less valuable.
I was not able to determine a production date for it, so though the saucer has yellowed slightly, I have don’t know if it’s a result of age or was simply designed to look old. My Dad picked up this Limoges tea cup and saucer at an auction. Perhaps he’s found a hidden treasure.