Spectacular Limoges France Hand Painted Porcelain Chocolate Set Complete ~Peonies~
This complete set is as follows:
Tray Marked with the Guerin Mark 16" x 13"
Pot is 11" tall and is Limoges Coiffe Marked
6 Dessert Plates 6"
6 Saucers 5"
6 Cups 1 3/4" x 2 3/4" Creamer 3" x 4 1/2"
Sugar 4" x 5 1/4"
William Guerin (1838-1912) was born near Limoges and trained in porcelain techniques. After military service, he rented a porcelain decorating workshop in the Faubourg Montjovis (Limoges) in 1836, doing export.
About 1872 Guerin took over the porcelain workshop of Lebron & Cie. Then in 1877 he bought the porcelain factory that had been established by Jouhanneaud and Dubois in Rue du Petit-Tour (Limoges), and which had been bought in 1867 by the Utzschneider Company of Saurregemines and run by Leopold Dubois. This enlarged company produced a wide range of wares, selling a lot of whiteware and also continuing decoration.
Guerin's sons William and Andre joined the company in 1903. In 1911 W. Guerin & Cie merged with the nearby Pouyat factory, buying 3/4 of Pouyat; the new firm became Guerin & Cie. Possibly both company marks were continued; in any case WWI greatly decreased output.
In 1920 or 1921 by Bawo & Dotter Ltd., owner of Elite name, bought Guerin & Cie and became Guerin Pouyat Elite, with Carl Bawo as technical director from 1923. The marks of all 3 firms continued to be used. The factory closed in 1932 and was demolished in 1933
L. and E. Coiffe Limoges porcelain factory operated from the mid 1870s to the mid 1920s and was a prolific producer of quality whiteware. Coiffe might also have done some decoration, but almost all of their porcelain was decorated by others.
L. Coiffe operated from the mid 1870s, E. Coiffe (the younger) took over in 1887, using the same marks.
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