Limoges porcelain marks can vary depending on the manufacturer, but share common elements that help identify authentic pieces.
Authentic factory marks are placed directly on the unfinished porcelain, under any paint or glaze.
hotographs in this table of marks, unless otherwise noted, are those that were made by us from actual pieces we currently own or have owned in the past; this table also includes photographs that have been contributed to us by our many viewers.
Found on back of a 19th Century French Pastel Portrait by M. Kimball, a documented American Artist who exhibited a portrait drawing in a Paris Salon in 1886. This is a modern-day mark, probably a decorating mark, and is said to have been used after 1993.
The factory was in business 1803-1945 under a variety of names, the last of which was the above name beginning in 1902.
Therefore, Limoges porcelain is one of the safest antiques to collect.
Charles Ahrenfeldt started decorating porcelain in French Limoges in 1884. Earlier he gained experience in 1840s decorating porcelain in Paris and managing a firm exporting porcelain. Ahrenfeldt took over the business in 1894 and built another factory in Montjovis near Limoges.
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from a wealthy couple in Brentwood, California, for whom she worked.
Factory marks on Limoges porcelain help the buyer determine authenticity, country and factory of origin, age and other relevant information.
Authentic pieces with marks containing the word "France" were manufactured after 1891, when the United States passed a law requiring that country of origin be marked on all imported products.
Please remember that all of our items are Antique and Vintage and may or may not have the usual minimal utensil marks or slight wear from normal use.
Anything of significance is duly noted in our descriptions and photographed if possible.
Perhaps the painter was just trying to identify it on his/her own as having done the work for appears to have been a brand name used for marketing and exporting china.