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Where to Buy Limoges Porcelain in Limousin, France

Teapot - Limoges Porcelain from Maison de porcelain  Aix-sur-Vienne

Teapot - Limoges Porcelain from Maison de porcelain Aix-sur-Vienne

Limoges in South West France

Buy Limoges porcelain bargains in Limousin

Bag those Limoges porcelain bargains! Where better to find bargains than in the porcelain factory shops of Limoges and Limousin. This shopping guide will tell you where to find great porcelain buys.

Most people haven't heard of Limoges, but those who have often know it as a centre for fine porcelain. In the past Limoges was know as 'the red city' because the many porcelain kilns would be fired up twenty four hours a day colouring the night sky with their flames. The history of the porcelain industry goes back to 1766 when a very pure kaolin was found near Saint Yrieix-la-Perche, about 30 km away from Limoges and following this discovery the region enjoyed a golden age.

Today the Industry remains strong. There are so many outlets in and around Limoges that this article is in no way exhaustive. The factories and shops below are those that I visited when looking for local china for my Bed and Breakfast, now passed on and in other safe hands.

The shops do change their opening times and I might not know so please do check their web sites before your visit - I have given links to sites below.

Buying from porcelain factory outlets in Limousin

If you are shopping for that special present, you will have no trouble finding something to suite your taste and your pocket. You can buy beautiful vases three feet high, or tiny thimbles or ornaments barely measuring a centimeter. You can spend thousands, or a euro or two. You can buy one precious item, or buy by the kilo. You can buy from bijoux boutiques in the centre of Limoges or see if you can bag a bargain in one of the many factory outlets both in and around Limoges. In some of these factories you can watch the porcelain being made, visit kilns and see displays of materials and the history of porcelain.

Haviland Pavillon Limoges

Haviland Pavillon Limoges

You too can own a Haviland Limoges porcelain teapot

Haviland (Limoges)

Just off the A20 that bypasses Limoges you'll find the modern little pavilion selling Haviland porcelain. The day that I finally made it there they were closed for stocktaking - next time.

History

The Haviland porcelain business was begun by the American David Haviland. Dealing porcelain from New York he saw the business potential of porcelain in Limoges, and by 1842, he started shipping Limoges porcelain to the US. The business went from strength to strength - in 1873 a new decoration process was devised and Théodore Haviland, David Haviland's son, took over the business in 1890 and proceeded to build a large factory in Limoges. Innovation continued with new techniques for decoration and firing of the porcelain. Still a family business, Havilands is now run by great-grandson Theodore Haviland II.

Parking

Ample parking near the shop

Details

Opening times

Open Monday - Saturday 10h à 13h - 14h à 18h30

July and August every day 10h00 - 6H30

Address

25, rue Philippe-Lebon Z.I. Nord
87073 Limoges Cedex France

Contact

Tél : 33 (0)5 55 04 73 00
E-mail : accueil@haviland.fr

Lys Imperial (Porcelaine Faye) between Limoges and St Yrieix-La-Perche

Lys Imperial (Porcelaine Faye) between Limoges and St Yrieix-La-Perche

Lys Imperial (Porcelaine Faye) on the outskirts of Limoges

A local family run business where you can buy a range of porcelain goods including lamps, and collection boxes.

The factory and shop are situated 20km from St Yrieix-La-Perche where kaolin was first discovered.

Parking

Ample parking near the shop

Details

OPENING TIMES

Open every weekday from Monday to Friday, 8 am to 6 pm

Free Guided Tours

You can tour the shop and workshop

Address

3 rue des Lauriers 87800 ST MAURICE LES BROUSSES, Limoges

CONTACT

Tél : 33 (0)5 55 04 73 00
E-mail : accueil@haviland.fr

Phone : 05 55 35 62 19E-mail : porcelainefaye@gmail.com

Website : http://porcelaines-faye-limoges.com

Maison de la Porcelain: Aix-sur-Vienne

Situated about 15 minutes from Limoges, Aix-sur-Vienne is a pretty town built on the banks of the River Vienne. It consists of a factory which you can visit, and a shop where you can buy Limoges Porcelain.

The Shop

The porcelain factory shop windows have attractive displays, but it is only as you enter the shop that you can see just how large the shop is, and how extensive the range of pottery on show. They have over 100,000 articles on display in 1000m2 of shop floor arranged on three levels. There are over 200 complete dinner services from which to choose.

The building itself has been beautifully restored and it is a pleasure in itself to admire the magnificent fireplace, the polished wooden doors and floors, the natural materials that complement the pottery so well. In the basement you will find white ware and 'seconds', although it is often difficult to see the faults. On the ground floor the displays are arranged in groups of different colours, designs and styles; every taste is catered for. There are traditionally decorated items and services of course, but there are also very contemporary designs. You will also see glass ware and other kitchen and dining room accessories. Pick up a hand-woven basket and enjoy browsing and choosing, but make sure you set aside plenty of time.

The factory

You can see the porcelain being made and meet the staff on a guided tour of the factory. You will be told of its history and the techniques are explained. The factory is run today in much the same way as in the last century. Everything is still made entirely by hand.

Parking

There is parking behind the shop and on the opposite side

Details

The shop

Opening times

Open all the year round 9.30am - 7pm. Open Sundays in December.

April 1st - September 30th Open 7 days a week including public holidays. Sundays and public holidays open 10am - 1pm and 3pm - 7pm

Closed May 1st, November 1st, December 25th and January 1st.

Factory

Times of guided tours

Free guided tours of the factory all the year round. Monday - Friday 10am and 3pm

July and August additional visits at 11am, 4pm and 5pm

Prior group bookings necessary.

Closed Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

Contact

+33 (0)5 55 70 14 68 e-mail: info@maisonporcelaine.com www.maisonporcelaine.com

La Vie en Rose, Saint Junien

La Vie En Rose factory shop is situated on the banks of the River Glane very near the favourite painting spot of the celebrated French artist Camille Corot. One glance at this remarkable river with steep wooded riverbanks, huge, picturesque boulders and level riverside walk and you can see why Corot found it so inspirational.

This makes a visit to the porcelain shop doubly attractive as you can stroll along the river, see Corot's little cabin, recently restored, picnic at one of the many picnic tables and have a pleasant swim. You can then walk back along a path at the top of the banks, arrive back at the start of the walk and then take your car back along the road to Saint Junien, calling in at the porcelain shop on your way back; a perfect day out.

The Shop

When you enter the shop you walk into a dimly lit room at the foot of the stairs leading into the main display area, and you will be charmed to see a number of lamps made from translucent white porcelain. The porcelain is crafted in such a way that light shines through the thinner areas of the pot and a pattern is revealed. In other lamps the pattern is cut into the clay creating a porcelain lace of light.

From here you walk up the stairs and you arrive in the enormous showrooms filled with a wide selection of porcelain including hand painted Limoges boxes, dinner services, ceramic jewellery and apothecary jars. There is also attractive display of water colour paintings of the river by local artist Patrick Rougier.

Parking

There is ample parking opposite the shop, however little parking further down near the river and the Site de Corot.

Details

Opening times

10am - 6.00pm Monday - Friday

During summer, 1 July - 31 August open every day

Please phone them to confirm opening times

Contact

33 (0)5 55 02 36 37 e-mail: lavieenrose@cegetel.net

www.lavieenrose-limoges.com


Piegut-Pluviers has a wonderful Wednesday market

Porcelaine St Mathieu (moving to Piegut-Pluviers)

This is a much smaller factory than the others featured here and, at the time of writing in 2010 was on the point of moving to Piegut-Pluviers in the Dordogne, so I have given details of the Porcelain Land site in Piegut in the details below.

The factory is utilitarian and the display basic but the porcelain itself is just as pretty and sold at factory prices. I was lucky enough to be given a guided tour of the factory area where the porcelain was being painted by hand.

St Mathieu is an attractive small town with a particularly good swimming lake. You can walk all around the lake, swim, camp at the municipal site and enjoy a small beach or eat in the excellent restaurant there. The autumn colours are especially spectacular.

Parking

Good parking in front of the shop.

Piegut is a bustling small town famous for its huge and colourful Wednesday market which should not be missed.

Details

Opening times

8am - 4pm Tuesday - Friday

Contact

Tel: +00 33 (0)5 55 00 38 26 (No e-mail or website)

Porcelain Land

Opening times

10.30 - 12.30am and 14.30 - 7pm Tuesday - Friday (No e-mail or website)

Bellevue
24360 PIEGUT PLUVIERS
Tel : 05 53 56 41 76

Royal Limoges: Limoges

Established since 1797, Royal Limoges is one of the oldest manufacturers of porcelain in Limoges. The factory was established at Faubourg des Cassaux (today named rue Donzelot) in 1816 and it still occupies its original site on the banks of the river Vienne. The river was used to transport the wood for its kilns. The factory still makes its own clay.

There is a large open factory shop area on one floor with a good selection of fine porcelain and white porcelain.

The shop also has a small exhibition and an area where you can see a short film about the fabrication of the porcelain. You can also join the factory tour.

Royal Limoges is situated right in the heart of the city of Limoges so from here you are well placed to see all the sites this historic city has to offer.

Parking

There is ample parking in front of the shop

Details

The shop

Opening times

Open all the year round 10am - 6.00pm Monday - Saturday.

Open Sunday (groups only by reservation)

Factory tour

Admission for groups by reservation every day (except Saturday and Sunday) from 10:00 am to 12:00 am and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Contact

Tel: +33 (0) 555 33 27 30 e-mail magasin.usine@royal-limoges.fr

www.royal-limoges.fr


Kiln of Casseaux

Kiln of Casseaux

Ancient porcelain Kiln of Casseaux

Tucked in behind the Royal Limoges shop is one of the old porcelain kilns dating from 1904. You can visit the kiln which is spectacular, and there is an interesting exhibition which explains the background and history of porcelain production. You can even go inside the kiln, which has two chambers, one at ground level and one on the level above. Buy tickets in the Royal Limoges shop.

Opening times

Open all the year round 11am - 6pm Monday - Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays

Guided tours

Paying visit with video from 10:00 am to 12:00 am and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Guided tours 4 euros (1 hour) Groups of 20+ 3 euros. School children 2 euros

Visit without tour 2.50 euros.


Porcelaines des Pallou St Yrieix-la-Perche

'La Village de la Porcelaine' is situated just outside St Yrieix-la-Perche where the 'white gold', or Kaolin clay that is an essential ingredient in the manufacture of porcelain was first discovered. The main buildings are an old mill on the banks of a small stream near the lake of Arfeuille. The finest porcelain is on display in the main shop as well as crystal glasses and cutlery. There is a small museum with a collection of rare pieces of porcelain from many periods. White porcelain and 'seconds' are found stacked high in a large warehouse next to the museum where you can buy china by the kilo.

The quaint buildings and picturesque setting make this ideal for a day out and a picnic. Afterwards you can explore the town of St Yrieix which has several interesting historical monuments to see as well as other porcelain shops and factories.

Parking

Ample parking within the grounds

Details

Opening times

Monday - Saturday 9am - 12am and 2pm - 6pm Closed Sundays and holidays

Open every day July and August 9am - 12am and 2pm - 6pm

Contact

+33 (0)5 55 75 10 38 e-mail jpm@villagedelaporcelain.com


Other factory shops in and around Limoges

There are other important factory shops that I have not yet had time to photograph, one of my favourites being Deshouilliers

Deshoulières (Limoges Centre)

77 bis, rue Armand Dutreix
87000 Limoges
Tel : 05 55 50 33 43
Open Monday - Saturday 9h30-12h30 13h30-18h30

Bernardaud


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Samie Limoges Porcelain factory shop at Saint Yrieix-la-Perche

Samie Limoges Porcelain factory shop at Saint Yrieix-la-Perche

Where to find Samie Limoges porcelain factory shops at Saint Yrieix-la-Perche

Samie Limoges Porcelain factory shops at Saint Yrieix-la-Perche

.This is a fabulous shop right in the heart of the historic town of Saint Yrieix-la-Perche. It is a warren of large and small rooms, stairs and tiny corridores all stuffed full of porcelain.

It's a great place to grab a bargain too.

Parking

Park in the town. Limited parking outside the shop on the roadside

Details

Opening times

Tuesday to Saturday:

10am- 12 and 2pm - 7pm

Contact

Telephone : 05.55.75.99.61
Fax : 05.55.75.17.03

Adresse : 26-28-30 rue du Marché ,87500, Saint-Yrieix La Perche

Website: www.porcelainesmpsamie.fr

Email: porcelaines-mp-samie@wanadoo.fr


Samie also has a factory shop in the industrial zone, Z. Gabillou, just outside Saint Yrieix-la-Perche.

Details

Opening times

Tuesday - Saturday
10am- 12 and 2pm - 7pm

Sunday and Monday 2pm - 6.30

Contact

Telephone : 05.55.75.11.74
Fax : 05.55.75.98.01

Adresse : Route de Limoges, 87500, Saint-Yrieix La Perche

Symphonie Artisanat at Aigignac

This lovely little studio and shop is run by Martine Florentin, who has lived in Augignac for some thirty years. She was previously employed selling porcelain in Porcelaine Land at Piégut-Pluviers and she has now set up her own business decorating and selling porcelain - her main passion in life.

Drop into the shop and see Martine decorating the white porcelain which she buys from the factory. You can also take children to the studio where they can learn about the craft, decorate their own porcelain and take it home after firing.

Parking

Ample parking near the shop

Details

Opening times

Wednesday - Saturday 2pm - 7pm

Contact

+33 (0)5 53 56 86 54. e-mail symphoniea@orange.fr

A film about Porcelain set in Limoges

My B&B Limoges porcelain

Porcelain in the garden. This set was snipped up from a factory shop in Limoges

Porcelain in the garden. This set was snipped up from a factory shop in Limoges

The main porcelain shop locations

Learn more about collecting Limoges porcelain

Further information about Limoges porcelain

  • Limoges porcelain lamps
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  • Best Limoges porcelain boxes
    Beautiful decorative eggs at La Vie en Rose Porcelain factory in Saint Junien, S W France make the perfect gift. French Limoges porcelain boxes are very collectable and each is a veritable little gem.
  • Lampe Berger or Berger Lamps
    Lampe Berger or Berger Lamps are charming collectables with a history and even more attractive when made from the famous Limoges porcelain. The Berger lamp today is prized as an object of beauty and curiosity as usful to freshen and pefume the air. A
  • White Plates of Limoges, Princess of Porcelain
    The beautiful French city of Limoges in Limousin, South West France is famous for its porcelain production. You can still buy this lovely china through its factory shops in Limoges, Saint Junien, Aix-sur-Vienne and the many exclusive boutiques in Lim

Other shops and boutiques

MARECHAL PORCELAIN PARIS Authentic French Limoges Boxes Porcelain

Marechal, 232, RUE DE RIVOLI, 75001 PARIS FRANCE

PHONE : +33 (0) 1 42 60 71 83 FAX : +33 (0) 1 42 60 33 76 METRO : TUILERIES

info@limogesmarechal.com


© 2010 Les Trois Chenes

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Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on November 20, 2015:

Hi Nurlan - not sure what you mean. Can you expand?

Nurlan on November 19, 2015:

Hello!Antique porcelain tray,factory Haviland Limoges,please help to rate?

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on June 09, 2013:

Thank you so much for coming back to leave this message, Mary. This is wonderful. So much better to pass these cherished objects on to our loved ones..

Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 04, 2013:

I have good news about my collection of Limoges! One of my daughters has decided to keep them in the family. I am happy about that. They are so beautiful.

Thanks for your added comment, Mary

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on June 04, 2013:

Hi Mary, I wold love to look at your cups, but I'm not an expert in Limoges porcelain. I live here and love visiting the factories and outlets, and I'm trying to learn more. How about sending the pictures to some of the factories in this article? I'm sure they'll have English speaking staff. Let me know how you get on.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 31, 2013:

Thank you for your generous offer and help. I have about 50 of these cups and saucers. If I take photos of them, how would I email them to you?

I have ordered a book for collectors of Limoges, but have not received it. When I get that, I may have a better idea of their worth. Thanks.

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on May 24, 2013:

Hi Mary,

So sorry to hear about the foreclosure. If you have any pictures of your porcelain I'll put them on my articles with a contact (in whatever form) to you if it would help. If not, do get back to me and tell me how the sales went. Such a shame to part with much-loved objects.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 24, 2013:

It's easy to see why this Hub was awarded HOTD! I am in the process of downsizing my house in preparation for a foreclosure, I'm sad to say. ( I wrote Hub about that).

I have been a collector for many years, and among my treasures are many Limoges cups and saucers that were left to me by my Mother. Since on one in my family are really interested in these, I will probably put them on eBay to sell. I have no idea of their worth. I'll have to do some research.

Voted this UP and will share.

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on October 12, 2011:

Los Angeles Party Bus: A limousine in Limousin!

Los Angeles Party Bus on October 12, 2011:

The pictures are nice. It will be very pleasure to use the Limousin service while travelling as a group and enjoy with friends.

http://www.gemstarlimo.com/

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on August 10, 2011:

tirelesstraveler, thank you for your message and kind words. Limousin doesn't really manage (or try) to promote itself and there are many wonderful things here and little about them available, especially in languages other than French.

Judy Specht from California on August 09, 2011:

This Hub is truly a masterpiece. I did some research on Limoges porcelain about 10 years ago and there was nothing. I rejoice at this beautiful and informative article.

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on July 21, 2011:

Many thanks for dropping by Peter, and for your congratulations. Always very much appreciated.

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on July 21, 2011:

Thanks for drawing my attention to RS Prussia porcelain manthy. It has a very different flavour to Limoges porcelain and some of it looks fantastic. I'm certainly going to keep my eyes open for this as I search through the 'vide greniers' here (literally "empty your attics").

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on July 21, 2011:

How nice to know that my hub is spreading the word about Limoges and the porcelain, Hui (?). This is a little-known part of France but one well worth a visit. On top of that it is quiet, friendly and much better value than the crowded south and coastal resorts.

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on July 21, 2011:

Thelma Alberts, J.S.Matthew and mohin28, many thanks for your congratulations. I must say I was honoured and pleased.

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on July 21, 2011:

Hi marellen and _that's_a_bingo. The teapot is lovely. I was so pleased to find such a photogenic piece. It would be a delight to welcome you here, marellen, as soon as you get those bags packed!

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on July 21, 2011:

Angélique Demarty, It is so nice to hear from a fellow Limousonian. I'm looking forward to seeing how the porcelain is made. I almost managed to fit in a factory visit yesterday but we had a sudden deluge of B&B guests. Perhaps a bit later in the season.

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on July 21, 2011:

Thank you for your kind comments, RTalloni and applecsmith. I'd love to extend the hub as there are so many more shops and factories here.

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on July 21, 2011:

Derdriu, Lovely to hear from you and pleased that you enjoyed the hub. The river Glane is an exceptional site and so under-exploited! No car parking etc but at least they have put lots of picnic tables along the riverside so it's ideal for our painting holidays.

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on July 21, 2011:

Paradise7, La Vie en Rose is a veritable mine of beautiful things, all displayed in a massive warehouse space. Hard to resist! Thanks for stopping by.

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on July 21, 2011:

carriethomson, adeaugustus, many thanks for your kind comments. Was thrilled that this was chosen as Hub of the Day.

PETER LUMETTA from KENAI, ALAKSA on July 20, 2011:

Beautifully done as is your style, very informative and full of useful facts and information. Bravo and congratulations on HUB of the day!

Peter

Mark from Alabama,USA on July 20, 2011:

Nice - I like Limoges but I LOVE RS Prussia

aybe you can do a hub on it ;0)

Hui (蕙) on July 20, 2011:

This is the first time I know about Limoges and Limoges porcelain. Great Hub, useful information!

JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on July 20, 2011:

Congratulations on being the Hub of the Day!

What a useful and informative Hub! I'll be voting and sharing. Great job!

JSMatthew~

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on July 20, 2011:

Congratulation! Wonderful hub and lovely porcelain teapot.Voted Up and Useful!

_thats_a_bingo on July 20, 2011:

This a very very interesting article and I'm absolutely in love with the teapot that's in that picture! It's so very pretty!

marellen on July 20, 2011:

Your teapot pic got me hooked....I love them. Wonderful and informative hub. I'm packing my bags now.

Angélique Demarty on July 20, 2011:

Very good Hub! Voted Up ! I'm from Limoges, the porcelain is amazing, I already visited the old factory with a really good guide, it was great, I learned a lot !

Carrie Smith from Dallas, Texas on July 20, 2011:

Congrats on Hub of the Day! What a beautiful article, with amazing pictures. Thank you for sharing! Voted up and beautiful.

RTalloni on July 20, 2011:

Fabulous hub! No wonder it is hub of the day! Congrats.

Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting, and bookmarked in my travel folder. Thanks!

Derdriu on July 20, 2011:

Les Trois Chenes: The time and effort which were devoted to this clear, informative hub are obvious and much appreciated. Lovely photos. Amidst the pretty photos of photogenic porcelain, I could not help but admire the photo of the River Glane with its magnificent boulders for your coverage of La Vie en Rose. It is understandable why that area was one of Camille Corot's favorite painting spots, although France is indeed replete with such spots! Voted up + useful + interesting

Paradise7 from Upstate New York on July 20, 2011:

I would've loved to go there with you. That La Vie En Rose is EXQUISITE! Happy shopping.

carriethomson from United Kingdom on July 20, 2011:

hey great info.. detailed hub.. and congratulations for the well deserved win..:-)

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on November 28, 2010:

screation, Limoges is a lovely city and so little known in general. More people should discover it as you have obviously done.

screation on November 28, 2010:

If so many people from all around desire to come and linger a while in Limoges, it's not just because of the services provided by this beautiful town, but also because of the quality of life it offers, which is no longer found in the big cities.

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on October 05, 2010:

RedElf,Thanks for your kind words. Sometimes the Hubs just seem to write themselves (very occasionally, don't they?. The map capsule is a godsend for me and I'm slowly going back over all my old hubs to update them with a map.

RedElf from Canada on October 05, 2010:

Congratulations on winning - this is such a great example of what a well-written travel hub can be! Flow, format, first-hand photos - flawless! (Sorry, the "maps capsules" didn't fit my alliterative flow, but they are excellent, as well.) :D

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on October 05, 2010:

LPStarr, Amie, steve, akirchner, frogdropping, WannaB Writer and soni2006, thank you so much for all your comments and votes. I'm just back from York UK and was amazed and thrilled to know that I had won the contest. I've also read some of the other wonderful entries and know that the competition was very high indeed and I'm looking forward to looking at more of them and gaining more tips and ideas for the future. So many Hubs, so little time!

Rajinder Soni from New Delhi, India on October 05, 2010:

Congrats from me too.

Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA on October 04, 2010:

Congratulations on winning the grand prize. It is well deserved.

Andria on October 04, 2010:

A wonderful hub - worthy winner and huge congratulations Les Trois :):)

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on October 04, 2010:

Congratulations and well done!

steve-bc-ca from West Kelowna, BC, Canada on October 04, 2010:

Congratulations! Vote up and follow!

Amie Warren on October 04, 2010:

Congratulations! Wonderful article.

LPStarr from near my computer :P on September 21, 2010:

FANTASTIC! Job well done.

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on September 19, 2010:

Tankadin,Purple perl and Amy, thank you so much for your comments! It is always gratifying to get a bargain, especially if you can have lots of fun doing it.

Road Trip Amy from Philadelphia, PA on September 18, 2010:

Congrats on your double win!

Esther Shamsunder from Bangalore,India on September 17, 2010:

Congratulations! This is simply a wonderful guide,thanks.

Tankadin on September 17, 2010:

Great Hub, I love Lemoges and will go anywhere to get it at a bargain. Love the picutres

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on September 17, 2010:

Many thanks for your comments, Princessa, pastella13, RK Sangha and rmcrayne. I live in the Limousin and have spent time researching this area so I'm afraid I don't know about Porcelain in America. If you do come here on a porcelain trip, though, make sure you allow at least a week so that you can get around all the shops and outlets and see the fab museums and tour the factories. I'm slowly getting around them and having fun with the photos. Lots more to to see.

rmcrayne from San Antonio Texas on September 16, 2010:

Nice concise format. Fabulous photos.

RK Sangha from USA on September 16, 2010:

Thanks. As I am a seller in Porcelain also, I find the information useful and saved in Bookmarks. Can you tell me about Porcelain manufacturers and history in USA ?

pastella13 on September 16, 2010:

What a great hub and so informative.

Wendy Iturrizaga from France on September 15, 2010:

Excellent resource, I have not done yet the "porcelaine tour" in Limoges, I have always been to the fashion shops instead. I have had the chance to admire Limoges porcelain, now is time to go and do a special trip just to look for it :-)

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on September 15, 2010:

Om Paramapoonya and Patty Inglish Li;oges porcelain is so lovely it is great to have a reason to visit all these superb shops - and to pick up a bargain or two. Rating up much appreciated.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on September 15, 2010:

This is a totally lovely and well put-together Hub. Photos and maps are exquisite. Rated up!

Om Paramapoonya on September 15, 2010:

Lots of interesting info and lovely pictures here. Congrats on the win. Well-deserved! :)

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on September 15, 2010:

Many thanks James, for your continued support.

James Mark from York, England on September 15, 2010:

Rich and informative, to quote the Hubpages criteria for good articles. Best wishes for the rest of the season.

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on September 15, 2010:

@SimoneSmith @stephhicks68 Thank you.You would , of course, be most welcome. This will be a good guide for me if nothing else as all these opening times, especially the ones that change with the seasons, defeat me. I'd like to visit and add the others in my area to the guide, always a good excuse to go shopping.

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on September 14, 2010:

Gorgeous photos - the very first one hooked me right into the article. I love porcelain, and I love France. Boy, I am ready to pack my bags now...

What a useful, unique guide for any traveler.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on September 14, 2010:

This is a fantastic guide! I love the original photos, the easy-to-follow guide, the maps throughout the hub, and your helpful notes on each place, parking, hours, factory stores, etc...

I imagine many of your Bed & Breakfast guests will enjoy this guide very much- it's a useful tool to have on vacation!

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