Manufacture des Emaux de Longwy
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The Manufacture des Emaux de Longwy has been producing artistic ceramics since 1798. The factory became famous after the visit of Emperor Napoleon I, who ordered from Longwy the dinner services for the Maisons d’Éducation de la Légion d’Honneur. In 1835, the d’Huart family acquired the ceramics factory and made it prosper throughout the 19th century. Around 1870 – at the height of the vogue for all things Oriental and in response to growing imports from Japan and China – the ceramist of Italian origin Amédée de Carenza was hired to run Longwy, bringing his exclusive ideas with him: the first Longwy enamels were born, soon to become famous all over the world. Today the factory preserves its historic know-how and spreads it at an international level, working with important designers and happily embracing the culture of design. The Manufacture des Emaux de Longwy 1798 is now part of the Manufactures EMBLEM group.