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What French porcelain should I buy?

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Bernardaud (Limoges)
 

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Originally Posted by gdl203
Bernardaud (Limoges)

This and Haviland are the two I am familiar with.

Is there a Limoges hierarchy?
 

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Originally Posted by Manton
Is there a Limoges hierarchy?
I wouldn't know... I actually have no interest in "table arts" but I just know that the Bernardaud stuff we got as wedding presents is really nice - the decorations and patterns are subtle and tasteful.
 

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I wanted Limoges, but I got this Russian stuff instead. It's OK, but the teapot looks like the Great Pumpkin.
 

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Originally Posted by Manton
This and Haviland are the two I am familiar with. Is there a Limoges hierarchy?
There are a lot of Limoges producers. All are very good. Haviland, Haviland & Parlon, Bernadaud and Raynaud are among the best known and all produce both wonderful and not so sonderful stuff, depending on what you are looking for. I think Puiforcat probably makes the nicest, and their silver is also the finest I have seen, at least from France. Not for the faint of pocketbook. There is great stuff from Germany as well. We use some Danish porcelain that somebody in my family bought at some point. I like it. It is decorated with acorns. Were money no object, I would get this:
 

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Whatever you buy, keep in mind that not all patterns are made forever. If you aren't getting a long-lived classic, make sure to overbuy so you will be able to deal with eventual breakage.

Our pattern, which is a Ceralene/Raynaud pattern was discontinued some years ago and I spent a good deal of time hunting down old stock as insurance so that we would always have 12 place settings, even after the inevitable breakage.
 

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Originally Posted by dopey
The Raymond Loewy designs, in particular.
Rosenthal's headquarters has an interesting Modernist section, I recall alongside the traditional architecture. Another very good German porcelain is Meissen. Antique Meissen is particularly nice.
 

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Originally Posted by iammatt
About $1000 for a 5-piece setting.
Cheer up, with some luck, it's about a fourth of that second-hand. Very nice, though, the Meissen "Red Dragon" or "Court Dragon" pattern is one of the oldest still made. It was originally reserved for the Saxon royals.
 

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