A brief re-visit of the city of Limoges allowed for a visit to the small museum surrounding the Four des Casseaux. Center piece is the kiln build in 1902 for the G.D.A., later becoming the Royal Limoges which still runs the adjacent factory. Classified historical monument since 1987 it is the last surviving example of a technology that flourished in the city since 1878 and made 'Limoges porcelain' its 'white gold'.
The 'reverse flame' kiln measures 7.5 meters across and is almost 20 meters high. Its location along the Vienne river allowed for a wood supply to float down from the central plateau, turned to charcoal before use. Consuming 16 tonnes per firing the oven has two stories for a first firing at 900º C in the globe on top, and a second firing at 1400ºC at the bottom.
The building by itself is interesting, added interest are the exhibits that were brought together by 'l'Association Espace Procelain'. My first time to encounter a 'chromolithograph', a printing press using stone slabs. Spooky porcelain dolls, medical equipment, tokens and electricity stuff. Turns out the french electricity accessory maker 'Le Grand' started out producing tea ware.
And outside 'the biggest porcelain piece ever produced in Limoges', an over 5 meters long (2 tonnes) high tension isolator. An morning well spend on a rainy day in Limoges.
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