How to Identify Porcelain D'art Limoges From France

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How to Identify Porcelain D'art Limoges From France
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Porcelain D'art Limoges is a hand-painted porcelain art form produced in Limoges, France. One of the more common items is the Limoges porcelain pill box that is made using over 25 hand-crafting production steps. These items can be quite expensive and are a much sought after collector's item. Be aware however, that there are many fake and knock off reproductions of real Porcelain D'art Limoges items. Prior to making a purchase, follow these steps to verify the item's authenticity.

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    Evaluate the price of the item, especially if it is to be purchased over the Internet. If the piece is selling for something like £19, then it probably is not an authentic Limoges piece. These items generally run in the £65 to £520 range. If possible, ask to see a certificate of authenticity. These usually come with real pieces that are sold through certified Limoges dealers such as La Boutique de la Porcelaine de Limoges.

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    Inspect the item for a signature. Every Limoges porcelain is signed with the name of the manufacturer or workshop that made the piece. It should also say Peint Main (which means hand-painted), and Limoges, France. Any signature that does not contain one of these elements is not a real Limoges porcelain item.

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    Check to make sure the country of origin listed in the signature is France. Any signature bearing another location (other than Limoges, France) is a fake rendition of a Limoges piece. These porcelain items are only produced in this area of France, and nowhere else.

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    Check the spelling of Limoges and the nature in which it is presented. Items presented as Limoges style or faux Limoges are copies not real pieces. Also, knock-off versions of these art forms may contain different spellings of Limoges such as Lamoges or Lumoges. An authentic piece will always have it spelt Limoges.

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