February 21, 2010

It’s Crazing, So It Must Not Be Limoges!!!


“The glaze on an antique piece of Limoges over a hundred years old will show no signs of crackling or crazing, and if it has not broken, a piece will look as beautiful as the day it was produced.”  This comes from Debby Dubay, a Limoges collector/ expert at Limoges Antiques.

I don’t know why this fact shocked me, but it rattled my craze - loving cage!!  

I simply adore the crazing that happens to china over time.  Every tiny runner in the surface tells a little part of it’s story. 


So, I tagged along with G-Man to Georgia yesterday.  I junked while he worked.

I found some incredible china pieces…all perfectly crazed.


This is my favorite one.   I was so scared that it was unaffordable.  I carefully turned it over…No price – they were trying to close…she said “Oh, $10.00” to which I replied, “will you take $8.00? ” “Sure”,  she said.   “SOLD”, I said!  


This one is actually craze free…but I love it anyway.


How sweet are these tiny flowers and the faded gold rim?


Lovin’ the little knob.


This was a great price too.


      Lots of crazing and another cute knob.


I love odd floral plates.  This one is sweeeet! (and fuzzy!)


And yep, totally crazed!


More flowers, more fuzz…


more crackles.


I still don’t know how G-Man got ahead of me here!!!


This charming building was just around the corner from the store above.  I love old cracked buildings, too.  It’s perfect except for the tree.

Somebody please call the pruning police, there has been another ‘crape murder’.




  1. LOL Rhonda! You really made me laugh with that last bit! Have a great week!

  2. I am with you, I think the crazing adds to the charm and character of the piece. I love the knob on that first piece. It's so interesting and very pretty.

  3. I love the tureen! Wonderful piece! I've loved and collected china for many years and I'm not 100 per cent sure I believe that Limoge won't craze. That's hard to fathom with the delicacy of some of the pieces. Great post
    xoxo Pattie

  4. oh gosh! love love love the first tureen! you lucky duck! for $8 that is awesomely beutiful! and who cares about cracks and craze as long as they are beautiful! hehehehe

  5. Love that white tureen! Ha ~ that tree does look like someone took things a little too far!

  6. Bonjour Rhonda,
    Hey thanks for the Limoges tip. What a steal you got on that first tureen. You're right about the crazing thing - I wondered if there was a name for those little swirling cracks. Yes where is the prune police..
    Happy Monday to you!

  7. Oh, such pretty finds. I love antique dishes too and the crazing is just fine with me. Makes it much more interesting I think. Hugs, Marty

  8. What great finds! I love the dish with the blue flowers... I appreciate the craze lines, too.

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  9. I LOVE crazing and staining... it's seriously my favorite part about collecting china. I love that first piece you got - at a STEAL! - and the cute flowers and that lovely chippy rim.

    I actually have that tureen for sale in my shop to - my finial has been reglued, which I love because you know someone cared for it! :)

  10. I've never heard that before, but you know, now that I think about it.... I don't think I've seen crazing on Limoges.

  11. Crape murder! Love it! I am a lover of the craze too! Love, love, love it!

    You got some great finds!!

    Lou Cinda :)

  12. Oh, such pretty finds!!! I also love the crackling on the vintage dishes, it just adds to the beauty of them!

  13. Rhonda,

    I have a collection of antique Limoges pieces and after reading your post took them out of the cabinet they are displayed in and inspected them. No crazing. I can't guarantee they will remain this way because I actually use the pieces -- they always grace my Easter table setting. I love all the 'imperfections' of antiques -- like lines on an old face -- they have a well deserved place of honor.

    - Deborah


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