I will be in Limoges, France in October and am wondering if anyone has experience with purchasing Limoges porcelain there, specifically the cute boxes? Any suggestions of stores would be great. Thanks!
You'll have a great time spending Euros. Limoges is the name of the town and not a specific line of porcelain. There are dozens of porcelain manufacturers (all with their own sale/outlet rooms) in the town - each with patterns ranging from plain to highly decorated. On the outskirts of town look for the Porcelain Pavillion, which has a small museum and sale room. They have an extensive sale room and lots of "seconds." Look for the stacks of "seconds" in each of the stores/outlets in the town - You may get some good buys on a favored pattern. In the Bernadaud store, we purchased a set of 12 chargers and were able to "bargain" the sale price down even more. Your eyes will glaze over (Ha Ha - just a little pun!) as you go from store to store. The "I" has a street map which shows locations of all the stores/outlets.
Thank you for your reply. I was referring to the little boxes (originally made for snuff) that are made in that region and generally known as "Limoges boxes". I know that there are many manufacturers in Limoges, Artoria being one of the better and well-known ones. Did you see any of these boxes for sale? My daugter and I are both collectors and have purchased many boxes in France, but never in Limoges where they are made. Any other suggestions about restaurants or other must see things in the area much appreciated. Thanks again for replying!
We saw those small boxes for sale in most of the porcelain stores. I remember that the Pavillion had an extensive group for sale in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Anything you're looking for in porcelain you'll be able to find in the town. When you pick up your town map at the "I" ask which store has the most boxes.
Will you have a car? We drove to the various stores. The Pavillion was on the edge of the town.
Also don't miss the beautiful cathedral On the street perpendicular from the cathedral front door there are small fondue "cafes." We were surprised that when we had smeared out all the tasty cheese that we could, the waiter came over and broke an egg into the fondue pot and scrambled it - to use what remained of the fondue. Yummy - save a little bread for this last treat!
The fondue sounds wonderful!!! Yum!!! So glad to hear that I will be able to find our beloved boxes.
You mentioned the the "I". Are you referring to the information kiosk or center in the town?
The "I" is an office in the town center that has a very helpful map of the town and outlets. The porcelain is so beautiful in each outlet - You'll have fun! We can only cover 4-5 each day before getting overwhelmed. So we just have to go back again - and again!