Limoges Fine Art~ Porcelain Antique Dealer

Dr. Rachel L.T. Kulberg, Hillsborough, NC   

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Specializing in 19th & 20th Century European HP Porcelain. "Cerca Trova"- He Who Seeks, Shall Find!

About Limoges Fine Art~ Porcelain Antique Dealer

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'Have nothing in your house you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful'..... WILLIAM MORRIS 1834-1896

If you want to purchase something special for a friend or love one........or if you just like to surround yourself with beautiful things.......

Please Shop in our Online Store and Explore our Rich Collection of Limoges Art Ware!

You will find that all of my pieces are sold at reasonable reserves and submission of "best offers" are always welcome.
Don't be fooled by Reproductions!! My items are 100% Fully Authentic and represented as accurately as possible. Buy with confidence- your satisfaction is guaranteed. Please click the category 'Terms of Sale' for additional information.

My inventory changes regularly so stop by frequently to take a peek at my large selection of EYE CANDY!!

Thank you for your interest and patronage,

Rachel L.T. Kulberg, Ph.D.

A great man is formed not only by the gifts of nature, but also by the sight of beautiful Art.... Count de Caylus

Did you know?
China painting is considered the most involved and difficult to master of all the brush-painted art forms, as it requires a very slow painting process of a successive thin coats of vitrified mineral paint which, when painted, has a different color than what it develops into after firing. Therefore, the artist must have great experience and understanding of the colored pigments in order to predict what the finished Art work will look like!
Each hand painted original piece offered in our collection required many hours of patient design. Successive thinly layered coats of china paint were applied between multiple kiln firings (up to 4-6 times,) to achieve the correct depths of color. The art form had to be fired at different temperatures between paint coats, which allowed the paint to be absorbed and fused into the glass over-glaze finish upon the porcelain (the paint does not remain on top of the glaze, but once fired the paint actually becomes part of the glass glaze). To complicate the china process even further, different kiln temperatures were required for different colors and for different length of times, which required great oversight, practical knowledge and technical experience by the china artist. (Tip: Don't be fooled, reproduction will lack this level of depth of artistry and color!).
In the end, at least 3-4 days of artistic labor and careful management of a gas kiln by its artist was required to create each original work of art that is currently being offered! The great French impressionist Renoir once studied china painting, as he considered it to be the most beautiful of all the brush painted art-forms due to the reflective inner highlights of the glazed finish which neither watercolors nor oils on canvas possess. But Renoir finally gave up in frustration his attempt to master china painting, due to its great difficulty and the knowledge and wide scope skills required for the mastery of painting on porcelain, which takes many years of experience and trial and error to learn and perfect this fine art!

A Note on Pricing:
I have had many people contact me through the years in reference to the market price of Limoges porcelain pieces. There are many factors that influence my decision on how to set the selling price of each item and in all honesty my decision usually favors the buyer. I mainly use on-line auctions as the marketplace to set the price of a piece instead of using the upper-end retail antique shops, auction houses, or retail gallery marketplaces. By determining on average what similar objects have sold for on-line, I can set a very fair market price for my on-line items, which in turn insures that the investment for the buyer is sound. As a rule of thumb, more common pieces are priced at a lower range and rare pieces command a higher price.

Of course, market comparison is not always an accurate way of determining the value of a piece of Limoges art porcelain. When determining the value of an item, I also take into consideration whether the piece is decorated by a French factory listed artist, amateur, unknown, or professional studio American artist. Some collectors favor French professional artist over an amateur, although some unknown artist's work is so unique and exquisite that it becomes an invaluable one-of-a kind piece to own. Not surprisingly, pieces that are signed and/or dated, by a professional or unknown artist, are usually more desirable to the collector. Hand-painted pieces are usually more collectible than a transfer or a mix of the two (mixtion) as well. The size of the piece, age, condition, and uniqueness of the white-ware mold are also important criteria for setting the value of a porcelain piece. Obviously, the beauty of the artwork itself is probably the most important pricing factor, as well as the regional or seasonal demand. I do whole-heartedly suggest that before investing heavily into any antique porcelain piece, you consult a field Price Guide. For Limoges Porcelain we suggest either the Debby DuBay's Antique Trader Limoges Price Guide, Mary Gaston's Collector's Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain, or Alan Reed's Collector's Encyclopedia of Pickard China. With this information at hand, you can buy what you love and feel emotional secure about the investment!

If you would like to inquire about the history of a particular item in more detail, or if you are interested in negotiating a price on a certain piece, please don't hesitate to Email me! Being an avid collector myself, I am passionate about keeping as much Limoges as my cabinets, shelves, and walls can hold. It is also very gratifying for me to find & sell some of these lovely pieces to true collectors who, as I, can fully appreciate these porcelain masterpieces!


Dear Rachel, THANK YOU!! I am delighted!! The beautiful vase and wonderful chargers are fantastic in our dining room!! They are very special and we will be thrilled to add this gorgeous charger to our little collection. "Thank You!!" for everything that you have done..You have gone many extra miles for me and I appreciate it so very much!! Aug 1 2011:Delicate & Feminine Classic 'Pink, Yellow, & Red Tea Rose Bouquet' Hand Painted on French Limoges Porcelain Charger 'Plaque Plate' and signed by the talented Late 19th Century Artist 'M Dennis 1900'. Exceptionally Romantic Limoges Antique Vase ~ A 'Portrait of Roses" with hand painted Red, Pink, Yellow, and White Lavender Heirloom Victorian Roses enveloping the surface of this exquisite French Porcelain Vase!

Rachel,Just a note to let you know I received my gorgeous items in pristine condition this afternoon. I am thrilled with both. Thanks so much for such prompt delivery and delightful service.Best wishes and much thanks! 31 Jul 2011 10:29:1907 ANTIQUE Limoges Violets Biscuit (Cookie/ Bonbon) Jar Elegant Hand Painted Victorian Heirloom~ Masterpiece China Painting;Rarely Seen Hand Painted Limoges Large Bonbon Basket by the Renown Artist 'Emile Pouyat' featuring the Old Rose 'Madame Plantier'

I picked up my vase at the local post office today, and I'm very happy with it. This is my first piece of antique porcelain.Should I feel the need to get another Limoges piece (probably just a matter of time), I'll know who to order it from! Jul 13 2011:Pretty Limoges France Porcelain Squat Ewer Vase w/ Hand Painted 'African Lavender Violets'

Dear Rachel, We received the beautiful berry bowl set and I must say it is like a step up into another world of beauty. Nothing we have is as lovely to look at, I have always loved Limoges but the hand painted, well done , is something is proudly displayed on our table now. thanks! May 19, 2011 2:17 AM:Glorious Limoges France Antique Master Fruit / Berry Bowl Set w/ 6 Individual Matching Bowls (7 pc set) Featuring Hand Painted Summer Fruit- Blackberries, Strawberries, Currants, Blueberries, Raspberries,& Cherries!

Hello Rachel, I have just received the candlesticks, and am well pleased with them, particularly the chamberstick, which I think is delightful. I hope we can do further business at some future date. Regards! May 17, 2011 10:43 PM:Fine Antique Limoges Chamberstick (Candle Holder/ Candlestick) Lavender (Flo Flow Blue) w/ Gold Enamel Paste Irises;Antique Large Candlestick Centerpiece with Delicate Pink Roses & Gold Copper / Bronze Finish w/ a Dash of Art Deco Flair : Candle Stick Holder

Hi Rachel,I received the vase today. It is lovely!!! With thanks.May 17, 2011 10:56 PM:Beautiful and Large Limoges Porcelain Vase w/ Expertly Painted 'Naturalistic Orange Poppies'

Dr. Rachel , got my lamp in one pc. Thanks so much! I love it.Next time again.Have a Happy Holidays!Friday, November 12, 2010 7:51 PM:Rare Antique Limoges France Hand Painted 20" Tall Victorian Pedestal Early Electrified Oil Lamp Decorated with Garlands of Roses, a Goddess, and Cherubs (Angels/Cupid)- Oil Hurricane Lamp Signed by the Very Talented Artist 'E. M. Gibson, 1898

Dear Rachel, The Limoges plates are quite lovely. I am right now trying to find the best place in the house to display them. Thanks! Monday, November 8, 2010 11:51 AM: Amazingly Delicate "Pink Clovers & Gold Scrolls" by the Turn-of-the-Century Artist 'A C Kroes' hand painted on Limoges Porcelain & Delightful Limoges France Nut Dish or Oyster Shooter Decorated with Multi-Colored Roses.

Hi, just received the package, lovely piece, hope to do business with you again in the near future, thanks for the careful packing. Monday, October 25, 2010 3:27 PM:Limoges France Porcelain Humidor Tobacco Jar Decorated with 'Bright Orange Poppies'.

Hi Rachel, The gorgeous pitcher arrived and it is breath-taking! I love it and it will be on display in my bedroom where I can always enjoy looking at it. Hope all is well with you and yours.Thursday, October 7, 2010 12:30 PM: Romantic 'Rose & Baby Breath Bouquet of Flowers' Hand Painted on an Antique Limoges Porcelain Lemonade Cider Pitcher

Love these items-100% satisfied with everything! Aug 26, 2010 10:52pm: Antique Porcelain Limoges Leaf-Shaped Nappy Bonbon Dish, Thin Eggshell Porcelain Limoges Mums Jewlery Jar Casket, & Limoges France Lemon Bonbon Server Nappy Tray Roses.

Very Pretty, Quick Shipment..Great Communication..THANK YOU...Aug 3,2010 10:42am: Antique Limoges France Porcelain Azaleas Flower Vase

Very beautiful limoges plate! Very satisfied with this seller!A+ Jul 30, 2110 9:08am: 16" Limoges Plaque Charger Chop Plate Hunting Dog Bird

An honest and thoughtful dealer, a pleasure to do business with. AAA+ Jul 24, 2010:T&V France Limoges Holly Xmas 5-Well Clam Oyster Plate

THIS WAS A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE. I WOULD SHOP HERE AGAIN! Jul 22,2010 5:41pm: Haviland Limoges France Ocean Seashells Platter Tray

Good morning Rachel. Received the package yesterday. Really appreciate the great job of packing you did... In fantastic shape considering its age and looks even better in person (so to speak) than the pictures on your site showed... Would not hesitate to do business with you in the future as the caliber of your merchandise is beyond reproach. Tuesday, May 18, 2010 12:27 PM:Stouffer Decorated Rare Mold- Limoges France Mustache Cup & Shaving Mug Tankard Stein w/ Porcelain Removable Insert Decorated w/ 'Delicate Blue Forget-Me-Nots' and Signed by the Renown Artist 'Blaha'.

The piece arrived in excellent condition yesterday. I'm very happy with it. Wednesday, March 10, 2010 3:10 PM:Rare Bavarian Loaf Sugar Tray Hand Painted and signed by the Victorian Porcelain Artist 'P. Beecher' ca1900!

It arrived today in good shape. This vase is an odd little fellow but ingratiating all the same. Please keep me apprised of any other Amphora and Wahliss that comes your way. February 17, 2010 3:51 AM:Stunning Art Nouveau Antique Porcelain Ewer ( Pitcher, Jug) with Eagle-shaped spout featuring Gold outlined Roses- Ernst Wahliss Turn-Teplitz Alexandria Porcelain Works - Bohemia (1899-1918).

Hi, Rachel! The plate is so lovely. Thanks so much for the exchange. I love to see what's new at your shop! Think I'll have a peek now. Take care! January 20, 2010 2:52 PM: Victorian Pointon's Stoke-on-Trent England Platinum & Gold Enamel Hand-Decorated Rose Plate ca1891

Rachel, I received the box today and it is beautiful. Thank you again for allowing me to purchase this through layaway. January 20, 2010 1:16 PM:Large & Magnificent Limoges Roses and Gold Covered Bonbon Box (Powder, Puff, Jewel, Dresser or Vanity Jar, Jewelry Casket) Fine French Porcelain!
I just want to say thank you for these sweet babies! Now I REALLY can't wait for Christmas! Blessings and regards. November 09, 2009 1:26 PM.Received the hat pin holder today. i love it!!!! thank you so much. i'll treasure it. kind regards. November 06, 2009 7:48 PM.Just to let you know this fabulous vase and plate arrived safely. The are both gorgeous and I am thrilled to pieces. Thank you so much for the lay-a-way option. I truly appreciate everything! October 13, 2009 10:00 PM.Thank you Rachel, the set is beautiful! October 03, 2009 9:20 PM Layaway.I was thrilled and amazed when the vase arrived today! Perfection!!! Thank you for this treasure. Even my husband liked the vase, and he never notices anything! October 03, 2009 3:53 PM.Hi Rachel,Sorry for the delay in letting you know the coffee pot arrived and it is a perfect match with a creamer, sugar and tray that I had previously purchased -- I am so excited! September 06, 2009 12:21 PM.Hi, Rachel. I received a tea set. They are gorgeous! Everything is perfect! Thanks again!! Best.September 02, 2009 1:35 PM.Hi, Dr. Rachel! I just received my fantastic little vase. I just adore it. I'm spoiled now and only want top notch! August 27, 2009 2:13 PM.Hello Rachael....Thank you so much for the large box of treasures you sent. Everything was beautifully packed and all arrived safely. thanks so much for all you efforts in getting my purchases to me so nicely.August 17, 2009 7:11 PM.The deligthful E. Miler set arrived and it is truly wonderful. I hope you come across other of her pieces. Best Wishes!July 28, 2009 6:35 PM.Dr. Kulberg, I just wanted you to know the lovely porcelain box arrived safely. It is amazing and looks beautiful on my dresser. Thank you so much. July 22, 2009 5:31 PM.The Roses Candlestick arrived with today's mail. It is an sweet and attractive piece in excellent condition. Thanks for everything. July 07, 2009 1:29 AM.I am writing to reconfirm that your cup and saucer arrived (quite a while ago) - it is a little gem and absolutely delightful - even more than the photos show! Thank you so very much for making it available. With very kindest regards! July 6, 2009 4:03am.Thank you, Rachel. The charger has arrived safely and is exquisite! July 2,2009 11:05pm.The Wild Roses Hat Pin Holder arrived in perfect order with today's mail. Sherratt is one of my favorite artists. Thank you so very much for everything. May 8, 2009 12:48PM.The mug arrived today. I can't find the words to describe it.Every detail is immaculate... In all honesty, if I had a piece such as this, I don't know if I could have parted with it. However, I am glad you did because we are now blessed with a masterpiece that looks like only the angels could have created. Many times our children or friends will look at some of the items in our curio cabinet and ask "what did you pay for that" or "what is that worth?" With this mug, all I will be able to tell them is that in life there are a few things that a person can not put a price tag or a value on. This mug is one of them. April 23, 2009 3:41 PM.Hi Rachel, The vase arrived safe and sound. It is gorgeous. I just love it... the vibrant colors... OMG beautiful. thank you so much!!!!!! April 22, 2009 4:21PM.Just received my purchases today. I'm not sure which limoges pieces I like better. Everything was packed so well and they all arrived in excellent condition. Thank you. April 10, 2009 2:50PM.Hello, Received beautiful limoges basket, everything fine.Thank You, April 7,2009 4:03PM.Rachel, I love the spit cup. It arrived safely and it works beautifully with my Limoges collection. Thanks. April , 2009 3:30PM.Dear Rachel, I received the mayonnaise set and love it. March 12, 2009 9:04 PM.I received the package with Miler chicks bowl and the plates. I must tell you that I love them. I do not exaggerate when I write that I sat with the bowl in my lap, admiring it, for about an hour! Thank you! March 09, 2009 7:14 AM.Hello and thank you so much for the beautiful packaging of my limoges piece. I will be anxious to shop with you again. It has been a pleasure...February 26,2009 10:45PM..The beautiful E. Miler Cider Pitcher has arrived safe and sound...great packing job, too! Thank-you so much for making this lovely piece available at such a reasonable price. February 19th,2009 3:36PM..Thank you, Rachel. The "show stopper" pansy plate arrived safely. WOW, what can I say about this piece? Guess the only other word I can add is magnificent. February 16,2009 3:00PM.Just wanted to touch base back with you and let you know how pleased I am with this purchase. I love the dog portrait- it is incredible. I have already made space in my special cabinet for this treasure! It has been nice dealing with you. Many thanks. February 5, 2009 11:46PM
Oh my gosh, Rachel, what a fantastic delivery and the tray and plate are exceptional. December 04, 2008 6:35 PM:The fabulous daisy plate arrived safely. What amazing packaging. Thank you, you're the best!! December 02, 2008 7:11 PM Just a short message to let you know that the Tray has been received in perfect condition.What a beautiful piece of Limoges.Very pleased with my purchase. November 17, 2008 2:28 PM Stunning. Worth the wait. That particular piece transcends time. French elegance (the mold) without being frumpy. Thanks so much. October 23, 2008 7:45 PM:Rare Monumental Limoges France Double-sided Jardiniere 'Cascading Victorian Red Tea Roses' with Scrolled Feet & Heart-Shaped Handles circa1900 I received the porcelain pieces and that I am very pleased with them. MY Best. October 04, 2008 3:52 PM My goodness! The story of the harbor plate will be marked as one of my favorites. What a treasure chest of imagination you have bestowed upon me! Please accept my sincerest thanks for the beautiful set of plates! September 18, 2008 6:34 PM Thank you, Rachel, the very elegant cake plate arrived safely in today's mail. I also appreciate the discount. Always a pleasure to deal with you! September 15, 2008 6:55 PM Thank you. The lovely items arrived safely and I do appreciate the extra care spent in packaging them. I am totally in love with the portrait. September 01, 2008 1:10 PM I am very happy with the vase I purchased from you.Thanks so much and hope you have continued success with your shop. August 28, 2008 10:19 AMI am very happy with the piece. Thank you kindly and best wishes. August 27, 2008 1:58 PM The beautiful dresser jar arrived safe & sound and I'm exceptionally pleased! Thank you very much, and I'll be back. August 16, 2008 3:54 PM I just love it. It is absolutely beautiful. I am sure I will find something else I love. Thanks again. It was great doing business with you. I couldn't believe how well you wrapped the package. Thanks for that, too. July 21, 2008 2:14 Gorgeous piece! Easy transaction----definite asset! objet,conforme à la description.Emballage très soigné .A recommander & Parfait:objet très joli ,conforme.Emballage très soigné. May-03-08 08:09Just beautiful as described! Thanks for the quick shipping! Apr-09-08 17:35 A true work of art- very happy with my purchase!" I got the vase and Love it. Thanks so much" March 02, 2008
Dr. Rachel L.T. Kulberg
Limoges Fine Art
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Tel: (919) 928-6491
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