Vintage American Limoges Luncheon Plates New Princess Candle Light - Set of Two
It's always wonderful when a vintage dishware pattern is found that can effortlessly transition through each season of the calendar year without feeling out of place. Such is the case with this beauty called New Princess by American Limoges for their Candle Light series.
Containing the shades of mustard, beige, tomato red, butterscotch, sky blue, spring green and rosy pink, this pair of vintage luncheon plates has a lot to offer in the variety department when it comes to tablescape decorating.
Fresh and bright, they feature a cross-hatch design, two sets of stripes and a wide floral border, making them a pretty option as underplates as well as solo stars of the table.
Inspired by the delicate porcelain of Limoges, France this U.S.-based pottery was founded in 1900 in Sebring, Ohio, and was originally known as the Limoges China Company. They specialized in thin-walled china for the American market with a belief that American porcelain-style dishware could be just as attractive as the French equivalent.
But when a fire broke out and destroyed everything the pottery had built, including formulas and designs, they changed gears and started making more durable earthenware dishes with the delicate designs often found in porcelain patterns. Again, the Limoges China Company had something to prove.
This time, it was that American earthenware was just as superior as esteemed English earthenware. Beautifully designed and successful in distribution, the Limoges Company (of America) was bustling by the 1930s. Creating not only artistic designs full of elegant patterns and beautiful color palettes, they were also at the forefront of innovation when it came to manufacturing processes within the pottery plant.
After the French Limoge pottery in France caught wind of the great success, the designs, and similar name, The Limoges China Company had to change names in order to avoid a lawsuit. Again they evolved and became the American Limoges Company which was a name change sufficient enough to calm everyone down in the industry. By the 1950s, unfortunately, this evolution was not as successful as the last. The American Limoges Company went bankrupt and closed its doors.
Luckily, these beautiful plates outlasted the pottery and continue to add beauty and cheer to mealtimes year-round.
- Matching set of two
- Luncheon size
- Stamped on back with marker's mark and pattern name
In lovely vintage condition. There are no cracks or crazing. There is one small age-old chip about the size of a pencil point in the floral section on one plate (please see photos). There is a slight bit of rubbing around the mustard stripe on the rim due to age. Both plates are very shiny and the florals bright, crisp and clear.
Each plate measures 9.25" inches (diameter) and weighs just a smidge under 1lb.
These plates look beautiful with these vintage cocktail napkins thanks to a similar color palette.