Limoges actually refers to the area in France where the fine porcelain pieces were produced.At one time there were just under fifty china factories operating in Limoges.The smaller size is most common and the very largest size is most rare.A few may have been produced in the last years of the Qing dynasty, and a few were produced during the first part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC 1949-present).
The odds for these patterns to be coincidental are so small we can be sure we have found the ultimate mathematical proof that ancient civilizations were scattered and decimated by earth crust displacements.Commencing in 1929 the year mark is replaced by the last two digits of the year, 30 standing for 1930. In 1871 Wedgwood adopted pattern numbers with the code letter prefixes.Some assistance in resolving the ambiguity in the two series is provided by the month letter. After 1891 the word ENGLAND is added to the WEDGWOOD mark continuing until 1908 when the words MADE IN ENGLAND replace it in all cases.Some of them have inscriptions which provide information regarding their makers, dating, and commendations as a gift. ) will show, in no particular order, the range of patterns and marks to be found on these lidded serving bowls.As a whole they give a good representation of the ‘daily use’ porcelain of the Republic Period – in fact there are images of Chiang Kai Shek and Madame Chiang Kai Shek eating from these wares! I will note where possible if an example has a date, but otherwise this is just a visual report to feast the eyes and elucidate the considerable variation in enamelling and painting during this period.