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Vintage Limoges Fish Service For 12

Vintage Limoges Fish Service For 12

$395.00

The tradition of serving and eating fish and seafood on specially designed plates dates all the way back to ancient Greece. As early as the 5th century B.C., plates were being decorated with images of fish. This tradition has continued through the centuries and, given the rich culinary heritage of France, it is no surprise that china dedicated only to serving fish is a distinct part of their tableware tradition.  

Case in point: this elegant Vintage Fish Service produced by the famed Limoges potters of France. Specifically designed for presenting a glorious fish course, each piece is beautifully decorated with richly detailed transferware images of fish.

Found at market during a visit to the Basque region of France, we are so pleased to offer this gorgeous Vintage Fish Service. The impressive service includes 12 dinner plates and a very generous serving platter. Each piece beautifully decorated with colorful transferware images of fish, the set features soft scalloped edges around each piece, adding to the unique fashion of this special service.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In excellent vintage condition. Hand washing recommended. Plates are 9 3/8" in diameter; Platter is 21 1/4" x 8 7/8".

Learn More about Limoges Porcelain

Limoges porcelain designates hard-paste porcelain produced near the city of Limoges, France. This exquisite porcelain has been produced in Limoges since the late 18th century. 

The manufacturing of hard-paste porcelain at Limoges was first established in 1771 following the discovery of local supplies of kaolin and feldspar rock. These materials were used to produce hard-paste porcelain similar to Chinese porcelain which was very popular during that time.

The beautiful porcelain produced in the factories at Limoges caught the eye of the French Count of Artois. The Count was the brother of the French King Louis XVI, who later purchased those factories in 1784, making them royal manufacturers to the King.

After the French Revolution a number of private factories were established at Limoges, including the venerable Bernardaud and Haviland & Co. factories. To this day, Limoges continues to maintain the position it established in the 19th century as the premier manufacturing city of porcelain in France.

But what is Hard-Paste Porcelain?

Hard-paste porcelain is porcelain that is made from a compound of feldspathic rock and kaolin fired at very high temperatures. It was first made in China around the 9th century. The secret of hard-paste porcelain's manufacture was not known in Europe until 1707, when Johann Friedrich Böttger of Meissen, Germany discovered the formula. As the recipe was kept a trade secret by Böttger for his company, experiments continued elsewhere throughout Europe until 1712, when a French priest living and working in China discovered the Chinese technique and described the process in letters back to France.

Hard-paste porcelain is differentiated from soft-paste porcelain mainly by the firing temperature, with the former being higher, to around 2,550°F, and the latter to around 2,200°F. Depending on the raw materials and firing methods used, hard-paste porcelain can also resemble stoneware or earthenware. Hard-paste porcelain can also be utilized to make porcelain bisque, a type of porcelain. It is a translucent, bright, white ceramic. With it being almost impermeable to water it is unnecessary to glaze porcelain bisque.

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