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Arts of Fire

The Limousin region’s enamels established Limoges’ reputation in medieval Europe, and the town has been renowned throughout the world for its porcelain masterpieces since the 19th century. The quality of its products, the magnificence of its articles and the refinement and transparency of the materials still maintain the reputation of its factories, some of which - such as Bernardaud, Haviland and Royal Limoges - are today international luxury brands.


Enamel

Porcelain

Stained glass

Enamel

During the Middle Ages, the Abbey of Saint-Martial was a famous stopping place on the pilgrimage route to Compostela. Strong demand for religious souvenirs and the worship of relics contributed to the development of arts and crafts, with the goldsmith’s art followed by copper champlevé enamel. The large-scale production of Limousin enamel spread throughout the entire Christian western world(...)

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Stained glass

Stained glass emerged with the development of religious buildings and Gothic art in the Middle Ages, and later benefited from the advent of new technologies during the Renaissance (grisaille, painting) and from the innovations of Art Nouveau and Art Deco (...)

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Porcelain

Limoges porcelain came into being in 1771, thanks to the presence in the area of the necessary natural resources for its manufacture (water, granite minerals, kaolin, wood used as fuel) and the will of Intendant Turgot. The industry had its heyday and saw incredible artistic expansion in the 19th century with the advent of the first prestigious factories: Haviland, Guérin, Pouyat, Bernardaud, Tharaud, Alluaud, Lanternier, GDA…

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