If the mark was applied on top of the glaze, that's the work of a retailer, importer or decorator, and it may or may not affect the value of the piece. customs law required country of origin to be marked on porcelain -- so a piece that says "France" dates from after that time and was made for export. One of the earliest Limoges factory marks is "AE." The Allund factory made Limoges with AE marks from 1797 to 1868, and then the company changed hands and the mark changed.
Under-glaze marks are clearer and less worn than retailer, importer or decorator marks. From 1868 to 1898, the former Allund factory, now Haviland-owned, used the marks "CHF," "CHF/GDM" and "CH Field Haviland, Limoges." As the Haviland factories in Limoges expanded to meet American demand, so did their marks.
There is usually two marks- the Manufacturers mark and the Decorator mark.
If there is only one mark (and it is the Manufacturers mark), the item was decorated elsewhere, either sold as whiteware and painted by the owner, or by a hand painting artist/ studio such as Stouffer or Pickard.
Serious collectors know that Limoges specialise in trinket boxes and that those little boxes are worth more than almost anything that could fit inside them.
Antique Limoges porcelain is considered the finest hard paste porcelain in the world because of three very specific characteristics.
Backmarks (1) are the mark on the Underside of a plate or item.There are always exceptions, especially with Charles Field Haviland!The number usually found under a casserole (Covered Vegetable lid or on a sugar/creamer) is called the Factory number.The mark "CHF" appears on pieces from the same factory after Haviland and Company became the new owners. Independent artisans and smaller companies tended to omit the word "Limoges" and mark their pieces with names such as A. Some pieces bear a combination of pictures and words that require a magnifying glass for identification.One example of this is a bird holding a flowing ribbon, which indicates a piece from the factory of Martin Freres and Brothers.Some of the Factory numbers have been identified in the later Schleiger books to a Schleiger Pattern.Antiques collectors have known for a very long time that Limoges is the definition of quality porcelain.Items that bear the mark "AE" are some of the oldest pieces.These date from 1797 to 1868 from the Allund factory. Red marks usually indicate a piece dating from 1900 to 1914, while green marks often indicate pieces dating from 1920 to 1932.Finding them is easy with our totally FREE Limoges dating service.Sign up today to browse the FREE personal ads of available Limousin singles, and hook up online using our completely free Limoges online dating service! Limoges Chat Rooms | Limoges Men | Limoges Women | Limoges Christian Dating | Limoges Black Singles | Limoges Asian Women Limoges Mature Women | Limoges Latin Singles | Limoges Mature Singles | Limoges Cougars | Limoges BBW | Limoges Singles Limoges Black Women | Limoges Latina Women | Limoges Christian Women | Limoges Muslim Women | Limoges Jewish Women Seeking an intelligent woman to be my second half and with whom I can discuss interesting subjects, as my equal, or even better!