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Well-known for its substantial mark on the world of ceramics, the Boch family established the Faïencerie de Longwy in 1798, converting an old convent. The visit of Emperor Napoleon I, who commissioned tableware from Longwy for the Imperial Houses of the Legion of Honour, significantly elevated its prominence. By 1835, under the stewardship of the d’Huart family, the pottery flourished throughout the 19th century.
In the 1870s, during the peak of the Orientalist movement and to combat increasing imports from Japan and China, Amédée de Carenza, director of the Mikado factories and hailing from Italy, was invited to Longwy. Drawing inspiration from the metallic enamels of China and Japan, de Carenza conceptualized their ceramic counterpart. Thus, the iconic Longwy enamels were created, and their popularity surged. Concurrently, the pottery maintained its production of traditional earthenware, often adorned with floral and avian designs.
By 1918, with the onset of the Art Deco movement and a collaboration with Printemps-Primavera, the company experienced a golden era, epitomized by its presence at the 1925 Decorative Arts exhibition. However, this style waned and vanished by the late 1930s. Following a lull, the last two decades have seen the earthenware industry undergo a significant transformation in both shape and design. This rejuvenation is attributed to collaborations with contemporary artists and designers, infusing fresh vitality into this esteemed establishment.
For over 100 years, Longwy has been the sole producer of cloisonné enamels on earthenware. Every artifact from our establishment carries the time-honored seal and is paired with a certificate of authenticity. The faience factory celebrated its bicentennial in 1998.
The legacy of the Manufacture experienced a new chapter in 2015 under the Emblem Group’s guidance. Their vision encompasses preserving the unique craftsmanship, revitalizing creative endeavors, and reestablishing a foothold in global markets.
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