When valuing Limoges porcelain
, savvy dealers and collectors give high marks for top-notch decor featuring finely detailed and skillful hand painting. Pieces signed by a notable artist are also desirable. Pieces decorated with transfers, which simulate hand painting but can be detected upon close inspection, are generally not as valuable as those that are hand decorated unless painting is very poorly executed (some pieces were decorated by amateur porcelain painters rather than factory or more proficient artists) or the item bearing transfers is extremely rare.
Condition also plays an integral part in determining value, meaning a piece free of chips, cracks and damage to the painting will be worth far more than one with issues.
The pieces in this guide are varied in terms of quality and desirability in order to provide an overview of the potential value of porcelain made in the Limoges region of France.