Founded in 1849, the Raynaud factory in Limoges, France was built on the hill of Montjovis alongside eleven other porcelain factories. The Raynaud factory is the only one now left on that hill, and it thrives.
Under Napoleon III, it became famous for its technically complex works. This industrial "tour de force" achieved a harmony of colors resulting from years of research, opening the way to infinite combinations of fade-resistant decorations that are still used by porcelain makers.
Martial Raynaud bought Montjovis in 1919. The firm soon grew to become Raynaud & Co in 1925, and stated its ambition with this now well-known hallmark: an R with a laurel branch.
While promoting the firm's international development, Martial also followed great artistic trends, and created the famous czarina cups, still in the collection.
Today, Raynaud remains under the direction of the Martial Raynaud's grandson. Raynaud still makes and decorates in Limoges unique porcelain, with a marked preference for relief shapes and generously colored and gilt decorations. For over two centuries Limoges Porcelain has been the synonym of quality, known and recognized on every continent.