We were delighted when we found these six perfect antique porcelain side bread plates manufactured and decorated at the famed Jean Pouyat studio in Limoges, France at the turn of the 20th century. Measuring 6-1/4" in diameter, these beautifully translucent antique French porcelain plates are in nearly perfect condition after their first 100 years! Please examine our photographs at length, for we have taken great care to show you the details and condition of the etched and filigreed outer border and the medallions. Mind you, our Set Of 6 Antique French Porcelain Jean Pouyat Limoges Medallion Gilt Side Bread Plates are not absolutely pristene, for you can see a few faint knife marks across some of the medallions, but none so heavy that they obscure the patterns or the gilding. These elegant antique porcelain plates will pair beautifully with other sets of dinnerware, whether 'aged' or modern. Our last image depicts one of these gorgeous antique porcelain Jean Pouyat Limoges gilt medallion side bread plates in a table setting.
BRIEF HISTORY: The Pouyat family occupies a place of eminence in the history of French pottery and porcelain. Pierre Pouyat established a faience manufacturing company at Saint-Yrieix around 1760. His son Francois Pouyat (1752 - 1838), who owned clay deposits and clay works in the Haute-Vienne region, partnered with Laurentius Russinger in Manufacture de la Courtille, a hard paste manufaturing business at the Locre factory in Paris from 1795 to 1800. In 1800 Francois emerged as the sole owner of La Courtille, and his sons, Leonard and Jean-Baptiste joined him in operating the factory. In 1816 the two Pouyat brothers formed a partnership with the owner of a factory in Fours to produce porcelain for decoration in Paris. They bought the factory in 1820, and Leonard Pouyat directed operations until his death 1845. The Fours factory continued in production until 1865.
The Locre factory (in Paris) was sold in 1823, but Jean-Baptiste Pouyat remained in Paris for a time as head of sales. However, Pére Francois Pouyat was not yet finished in the porcelain business. He opened a small factory in Limoges in 1832, and then in 1835 he bought a clayworks and porcelain workshop established in Saint-Leonard, near Limoges. Jean-Baptiste joined his father at this operation and in 1840 succeeded him as head of operations. In 1844 Jean-Baptiste enlarged the Limoges factory, which was employing approximately 127 workers. This factory made porcelain of exceptional whiteness and even texture. The pieces decorated at the factory were renowned for their artistry and elegance. P. Comolera, a modeller, provided designs for Pouyat for over 20 years. Jean Baptiste Pouyat was succeeded by his sons Emile (1806-92), Louis (b 1809) and Leonard-Eugene (1817-76). Emil trained at the Locre factory (Paris) and was head of the Limoges factory from 1849 to 1883. William Guerin purchased the Pouyat Limoges factory in 1911.