Meet Our Dealers
Twenty five years ago, Gerry and Debbie Kenney began attending auctions in Ohio. They thaought it would be a good way to furnish their home. It was a good plan and eventually their home was decorated with primitives. Alnog the way, they began to acquire boxlots of glassware and pottery, and a second interest formed.
Recently they moved to Florida, bringing with them a basement's worth of boxes filled with Fenton and other good name glassware, along with pottery by Hull, Weller and other American manufacturers. Their wares are displayed in two of our showcases. Visit them soon.
The name Limoges evokes visions of beautiful fine china. It is a common misconception that the name Limoges is the name of a single manufacturer. Actually, it is the name of a town in France where the white clay, Kaolin, was discovered in the late 1700's. The hard paste white porcelain produced in the area caught the attention of the King of France, who purchased the factory. Items produced there were sent to be decorated at Sevres.
After the French Revolution, numerous factories sprang up - Alluraud, Aignow, Gibus et Cie, Pouyat, and Tharaud. These manufacturers were primarily French owned and enjoyed great popularity in Europe and England. In 1842 an American, David Haviland, set up a factory there, and nothing was ever the same. Haviland aimed his china primarily at the American middle class housewife, however it was also used by several American presidents, including Lincoln. It is estimated that the very prolific Haviland factories produced upwards of 20,000 patterns.
Like Haviland, the other factories of Limoges produced wares for a wide range of price points. High end firms such as, Meissen and Sevres commissioned decorative pieces, which were sent to them for painting. Another niche market developed when china painting became popular. Blank pieces were produced in droves, and sent to amateur painters, often with patterns and instruction manuals. These pieces are easy to find, and as might be expected, come in varing levels of painting skill.