During Victorian times, it was considered a symbol of status for a bride to own a Limoges wedding basket. Limoges is not a particular manufacturer but several manufacturers that are allowed to produce porcelain in the Limoges region of France. Each manufacturer produces baskets with Limoges’ hard paste porcelain and a style of decoration characteristic of their design house.
J Pouyat Limoges (JPL) Marking
J Pouyat Limoges was established by Pierre Pouyat around 1760 in Paris, but, was closed by J Pouyat almost one hundred years later. In 1841, the factory started production in the Limoges area. They produced the JPL Cabbage Rose Basket from 1881-1932. It has pink, yellow, and burgundy cabbage roses along the basket’s bottom curve. The basket’s scalloped edges has no gilding but a raised floral design along the edges and handle. The handle is tapered to resemble a vine and has a deep green enamel. The roses are surrounded by small detailed leaves in a soft mist of background colors in light green and deep yellow. The basket is signed on the bottom with the JPL France marking in green.
Tressemanes and Vogt Limoges produced high quality white-ware that was exported to the USA. In 1919, the company was bought by Martial Reynaud but continued to use the T&V marking. The Violet Brides Basket was produced from 1982-1907. It has a deep cup shape and rests on a pedestal base. The base has a scalloped bottom with heavy gilding. The violets are hand painted on the outside of the basket instead of the inside. The edges of the basket are scalloped and have a raised beaded pattern and gilding. The same raised design is located on the handles which are designed to look as though they overlap. The ends of the handles rest on the outside of the basket and have curled floral ends. The basket has the Tressemann and Vogt Limoges France marking on the bottom.
The A. Klingenberg Porcelain Factory and Decorating Studio started production in the Limoges region in 1880. Their Brides Basket with Roses dates from 1900-1910 and has a ring of hand painted delicate pink tea roses circling the inside of the basket. The inside of the basket has a soft mist of blues and greens bordering the roses. The roses are also painted on the scalloped handle which has a raised beaded detail. The basket has gilding along the opening and handles. Klingenberg also produced a basket with fruit instead of flowers. Their Luscious Berries, Blossoms and Gold Basket was produced from 1900-1910. The hand painted blackberries are surrounded by soft rose colored blossoms and lush green leaves. They are surrounded by a light blue mist of color. The opening of the basket has large scalloped edges and a raised beaded design. Both baskets have the Klingenberg Limoges France Mark 9 on the bottom.
The manufacturers in Limoges produced wedding baskets with colors unique to the region and decorations of delicate gilding and raised beading. Because of their coloring and delicate design they are as collectible today as they were 100 years ago.