Established 1818

Founded in 1818 by Jean Louis Richard Pillivuyt, Pillivuyt SAS is a manufacturer of fine culinary porcelain and is considered one of the oldest and most prestigious porcelain manufacturers in France. Fired at 2550 degrees Fahrenheit, Pillivuyt porcelain can be taken straight from the freezer to the oven or microwave – and it won’t break.

Their most iconic piece is the classic lion’s head tureen. It holds a unique place in the international market with the use of skilled, highly trained craftsmen to make the finishing touches. For the largest tureen, for example, the detailed carving of the foot must be done by hand. Another unique feature of the tureen is the manual application of the lion’s heads to the outside of the tureen before the final firing. This avoids the problematic indentation found on the inside of other manufacturers’ versions of this bowl – and creates a much more elegant and finely detailed look.

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Heritage, design.
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© Pillivuyt, Mehun sur Yevre, France

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