Limoges porcelain lamps

Maison de la Porcelain Aixe-sur-Vienne A very pretty pink Limoges porcelain oil lamp
Maison de la Porcelain Aixe-sur-Vienne A very pretty pink Limoges porcelain oil lamp | Source
Limoges porcelain lamp from Deshoulieres factory outlet, Limoges
Limoges porcelain lamp from Deshoulieres factory outlet, Limoges | Source

Limoges Porcelain is perfect for lamps

Limoges is famed for its fabulous beef cattle, its enamel work and its porcelain. The history of Limoges and porcelain goes back to 1766 when a very pure form of kaolin was found near Saint Yrieix-la-Perche, about 30 km away from Limoges. Following this discovery the region enjoyed a golden age of prosperity, but that is another story. (See White Plates of Limoges)

One of the most interesting aspects of Limoges porcelain, is the way that it enabled objects of beauty to be mass-produced and so brought them to the mass market for everyone to enjoy.

The lamps that I've found in Limoges porcelain are oil lamps, Berger lamps and modern electric lamps. I have also included Limoges Porcelain boxes in the shape of lamps. If you know of any others, do feel free to leave a comment in the box at the end of this article, I'd be delighted to add them to this article.

If you're thinking about a shopping holiday in Limoges, (if not why not?), then have a look at this article: Where to buy Limoges porcelain in Limousin, France. You'll find so many wonderful shops like the Maison de Porcelaine at Aixe-sur-Vienne, and La Vie en Rose at Saint Junien.

Limoges porcelain makes beautiful lamps

Modern electric lamps from La Vie en Rose, Saint Junien
Modern electric lamps from La Vie en Rose, Saint Junien | Source

Where is Limoges?

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Limoges

Limoges is a beautiful, but not well known, city situated in south west France. The surrounding countryside is second to none and Limoges has carefully avoided sprawling suburbs so that the centre of the city passes quickly into fields and woodland.

Running through the centre of Limoges is the spectacular River Vienne bringing nature to the heart of the city and the river together with superb historic bridges make a very pretty picture indeed.

The city of Limoges has a long and colourful history that is reflected in the buildings of the city and today it's still famed for its porcelain, beef cattle, enamel work and stone building techniques.

My own porcelain oil lamp

Madame Bess's oil lamp - don't hink it's Limoges porcealin though
Madame Bess's oil lamp - don't hink it's Limoges porcealin though | Source

Limoges Porcelain Oil Lamps

When I bought our house in France, I inherited barn loads of "stuff", and amongst the turn-of-the-century school books, the farm implements and embroidered bed linen, I found this little lamp. I must admit that until now I've used it as an ornament only, but after carrying out a bit of research for this article, I'm raring to try it out.

Electricity is great, of course it is, but not always 100% reliable even in the most sophisticated parts of Europe. I'm old enough to remember the power cuts in England during the miner's strikes and up to this day I keep a stock of candles in the house for just such an emergency. But if it does come to that, how much better it would be to have a couple of oil lamps to hand?

If I never need to use them they won't be wasted as they look so charming I'll always be happy to give them shelf-life.

Limoges Porcelain Lampes Berger

The Berger Lamp, or Lampe Berger , originated in France and was the invention of the Frenchman, Maurice Berger. Initially a scientific invention used in hospitals, today the Berger Lamp is prized as an object of beauty to delight the eye and create an ambiance through the sense of smell.

Perfumed oils are poured into the body of the lamp, which is made from fine porcelain, earthenware, satin glass or crystal. The lamps have beauty and romance, making them sought-after objects and some Lampe Berger vessels have appreciated in value over the years making them highly collectible objects and unique gifts.

Lampe Berger Lamp - 4 Seasons Mucha
Lampe Berger Lamp - 4 Seasons Mucha

This porcelain Lampe Berger is so very turn-of-the-century French with it's Mucha like Art Nouveau decoration.

This lamp is presented in a bautiful gift box, and has a decorative shade, a catalytic burner, a solid snuffer cap and a filling funnel. There are full user instructions so you can't go wrong.

 

Modern electric Limoges porcelain lamps

Limoges porcelain lends itself both to painted decorations and to simple white lights where the drama is created through exploiting its translucent qualities.

These lamps and the lamps from La Vie en Rose are pierced and carved so that the light shines through in twinkles, or glows through thin porcelain. These lamps are simple, beautiful, elegant and timeless with all the advantages of modern electricity!

As you can see below, Limoges porcelain also lends itself to providing bases to the traditional style of table lamp.

Limousin has many bargain porcelain factory shops

La Vie en Rose porcelain factory shop in Saint Junien, Limoges, France
La Vie en Rose porcelain factory shop in Saint Junien, Limoges, France | Source

Limoges porcelain boxes and ornaments

Limoges boxes were originally used as snuff boxes, containers for sweets, or scent. They also served as cane heads and small carrying cases. Among these it was the snuff box that became an immediate success.

The snuff was wrapped in small linen bags and placed in leather pouches or silver, gold, wooden and ivory boxes, all difficult and expensive materials to decorate. This is where porcelain came into it's own as it was so much more adaptable. Soon thousands of different shapes of Tabatieres were being produced including this charming little lamp box.

Visit the porcelain museum at Limoges

National Porcelain Museum in Limoges - Musée national de la porcelaine Adrien Dubouche (Photo B L Walton)
National Porcelain Museum in Limoges - Musée national de la porcelaine Adrien Dubouche (Photo B L Walton) | Source

How to find our bed and breakfast in Limousin

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Les Trois Chenes holiday accommodation and painting holidays. Our bed and breakfast near Rochechouart is deep in the heart of the French countryside.

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Pie birds are cute and collectable. They make wonderful gifts for cooks. You can find Limoges porcelain pie birds too.
Pie birds are cute and collectable. They make wonderful gifts for cooks. You can find Limoges porcelain pie birds too. | Source
Limoges porcelain  is tough, translucent and beautiful
Limoges porcelain is tough, translucent and beautiful | Source

Learn more about Limoges porcelain

Collectors Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain, 3rd Edition
Collectors Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain, 3rd Edition

A hand book that will help you to learn more about Limoges porcelain - great for Limoges porcelain collectors and would-be collectors

 

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Les Trois Chenes 2 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a message, syhled. I'm pleased you enjpyed these lamps. They really are works of art!


syhled 2 years ago from Shenzhen

Very impresive hupage, enjoy your description so much. Your lamp is like one piece of aesthetical work.


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Les Trois Chenes 3 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Hi Aster. Start by reading my other articles about Limoges porcelain (links above) as they will give you a general, quick and easy overview. I'll include a link to a book or two that might be useful. Come back and share anything you find out about your Mom's lamp.


Aster 3 years ago

I have a tablelamp, I don't know anything about his history. It was from my mom. It was good to read about Limoges, but I want to know more. Van you help me? Good day.


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Les Trois Chenes 6 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Thanks cookingdiva. I love finding out about all these things and then taking the photos. It gives me a push to get out and see things in the region.


cookingdiva 6 years ago

Great and informative hub! I liked the beautiful images with it!


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Les Trois Chenes 6 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

katrinasui Many thanks for your kind comments. The lamps are very beautiful, and I found out a lot about them whilst researching for the article.


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katrinasui 6 years ago

These are beautiful lamps. i really enjoyed reading your hub. I didn't know about Limoges porcelain lamps. It is always good to know about new things.

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