Founded in 1849, the Montjovis factory was built on the hill bearing the same name, in Limoges, France. During the reign of Napolean III, it became famous for its technically complex works. Martial Raynaud bought Montjovis in 1919. The firm soon grew to become Raynaud & Co. in 1925, and adapted as its hallmark an "R" with a laurel branch. While promoting the firm's international development, he also followed great artistic trend. Andre Raynaud succeeded his father in 1952. While preserving its time-honored know-how, he introduced industrial innovations allowing the factory to develop new techniques to design new creations and reproduce old pieces. Thanks to his curiosity, his bold creations, and his industrial vision, Andre Raynaud enabled his firm to enter the international market. Bertrand Raynaud joined the firm in 1985, and in 1989 was promoted to General Manager. In 1992, when the Groupe Ercuis took a financial participation in Raynaud, Bertrand Raynaud was appointed Chariman of the Board. Today, Raynaud still makes and decorates unique porcelain in Limoges, with a marked preference for relief shapes and generously colored and gilt decorations.
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