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This is a “tête-à-tête” coffee set, and consisting of five pieces; one coffee pot, one creamer, two saucers and serving tray, each one finely hand painted with applied leaves and grains of coffee. This lovely little set was manufactured by William Guerin and Co., Limoges, France and designed exclusively to Gath & Chaves, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The mark indicates that it was made sometime between 1900 and 1932.

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I put on the table a beautiful old piece of French cotton lace. This midnight blue lace has an exquisite pattern with oak leaves and acorns. The mighty oak is a symbol of strength, refuge, longevity and resilience.

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Limoges & Guerin

Limoges has become the generic name of hard paste porcelain that was produced during the 18th, 19th and into the 20th century in one of the many factories in Limoges, a French town situated about 250 miles southwest of Paris in the Vienne valley. Each factory used a unique factory back stamp or underglaze mark. Each piece of Limoges was produced using the same formula of feldspar, kaolin and quartz. Each piece was subjected to the same intense firing process of about 900 degrees for 16 hours, followed by the glazing process, and yet another firing at approximately 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit for eight more hours.


Limoges in the early 1800s was making the finest, purest white porcelain in the world. By the 1830s, there were at least 35 porcelain factories and 62 decorating studios operating in the Limoges region.

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William Guerin (1838-1912) was born near Limoges and trained in porcelain techniques. In 1836, he rented a porcelain decorating workshop in the Faubourg Montjovis (Limoges), doing export.

About 1872, Guerin took over the porcelain workshop of Lebron & Cie. Then in 1877 he bought the porcelain factory that had been established by Jouhanneaud and Dubois in Rue du Petit-Tour (Limoges), and which had been bought in 1867 by the Utzschneider Company of Sarregemines. This enlarged company produced a wide range of wares, selling a lot of white ware and also continuing decoration.

Guerin’s sons William and Andre joined the company in 1903. In 1911 W. Guerin & Cie. merged with the nearby Pouyat factory. Possibly both company marks were continued; in any case WWI greatly decreased output.

In 1920 or 1921 by Bawo & Dotter Ltd., owner of Elite name, bought Guerin & Cie and became Guerin Pouyat Elite, with Carl Bawo as technical director from 1923. The factory closed in 1932 and was demolished in 1933.

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Guerin and HuebkenGuerin -Dulin and Martinguerin mark 1891L

Guerin mark 1896Guerin markGuerin and Marriott


One characteristic phenomenon of the Biedermeier period (1815–1850s) was the emphasis on the private sphere. Interiors became comfortable, reception rooms evolved into living rooms, and the decorative arts concentrated on items of personal delight. The tête-à-tête (French, face to face) is a prime example. It is a small coffee, tea or chocolate service for two persons. Usually, such sets were made out of porcelain or silver.

wedgwood Bone china late 19thCapo di Monte style 20th

1930 en Czechoslovakie bMeissen

Samson of ParisSt. Petersburg 1752-96

tête à tête Couleuvre 1950Limoges Cobalt 1922-28

breakfast set kimberly patterncoffee service portrait of a womanDéjeuner Culture et Récolte du Cacao Sevres 1836

French porcelain 20thGermany porcelainLimoges breakfast set

KMP Berlin 1914-18Italian 20thKMP Berlin

limoges coffee setLimoges Robert Hessler 20thMeissen style

Limoges Guerin PouyatLimoges Soudana & Touze 1920-42Manufacture Pouyat, Limoges 1862 blanc de Limoges

Milton 20thNymphenburgRoyal Berlin 1840

Royal Vienna 1815Service À Café - Thé - Porcelaine De LimogesVieux Paris  Louis-Philippe 1840

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William Guerin 1863-1881

William Guerin 1863-1881

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This is a very pretty Limoges porcelain centerpiece with floral décor and gilded. It stands on an ormolu (1) pedestal with two dolphins (2).

(1) A gilded metal alloy of copper, zinc, and tin used in France since the 17th Century for candelabra, clocks, and other decorative luxury objects, and for mounting elaborate furniture. It was adopted more sparingly in England from the mid 18th Century.

(2) The Dolphins of the Triton Fountain: This fountain Finished in 1643 and situated at piazza Piazza Barberini, Rome, Italy is one of Bernini’s more famous works. It is positioned in the center of the piazza, and its main figure is Glaucus – half fish half man – rising from an open seashell and below him four dolphins, which keeps his seat afloat.

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Absolutely beautiful hand painted porcelain gilt bronze-mounted inkwell. Double ink pots, pen holder, beautifully painted flowers and trimmed in gold. Marked Limoges, France.

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Another examples of Limoges inkwells


This Limoges ink well with feather quill was given by Princess Diana as a Christmas gift to one of her bridesmaids, Sarah Jane Gaselee.

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This ornate Pair of French porcelain plates is decorated with delicate hand painted floral bouquets on a white background framed in gilt scrollwork.

Signed: J.Roux and J.Ripat

The Limoges Porcelain

Limoges porcelain designates hard-paste porcelain produced by factories round the city of Limoges, France from the late 1700s until around 1930.

The manufacturing of hard-paste porcelain at Limoges, following the discovery of local supplies of kaolin, was established by Turgot in 1771 and placed under the patronage of the comte d’Artois, brother of Louis XVI. Limoges had been the site of a minor industry producing plain faience earthenwares since the 1730s, but the first identified French source of kaolin and a material similar to petuntse, the ingredients used for the production of hard-paste porcelain similar to Chinese porcelain, were discovered at Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, near Limoges, in an economically distressed area, and began to be quarried in 1768. The manufactory was purchased by the king in 1784, apparently with the idea of producing hard-paste bodies for decoration at Sèvres, a venture that did not work out.

After the Revolution a number of private factories were established at Limoges, the chief of which was and remains Haviland. “Limoges porcelain” is a generic term for porcelain produced in Limoges rather than the production of a specific factory. Limoges maintains the position it established in the nineteenth century as the premier manufacturing city of porcelain in France.

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