When the little girl grew into a very curious adult and traveled abroad, the china obsession was further fed by close and unlimited access to fancy department stores, manufacturing facilities, and international museums. What began as a beautiful adventure became more intensely engaging as she peered at and gushed over early aristocratic gilded porcelain and enameling. Palaces are the perfect places to inspect magnificent imperial sets commissioned by kings and queens for their royal households—their extravagance knew no bounds!
During these excursions, it became apparent that Limoges was simply a small medieval city with a complex history on the banks of the river Vienne, and rather than one porcelain company known as “Limoges,” there were approximately 48 companies that identified themselves by their company name and the factory stamp that included Limoges as the origin rather than the facility.
Ancienne Manufacture Royale de Limoges (AMR) was established in 1737 under the protection of the Comte d’Artois, the future Charles X. He was the first to debut expensive fanciful pieces at the French court and also the first to use the Limoges back stamp. Elaborate chocolate pots, ice buckets, and flute chillers found their way onto royal tables under the patronage of the glittering House of Bourbon.