"a queen's ransom in Limoges"
is a city in west-central France, also world famous for its porcelain
. Unlike Sèvres
, this is not done under the banner of a single manufacturer; there are instead various privately owned enterprises which began to emerge after the Revolution. Antiques hunters have long been wise to the fact that genuine Limoges porcelain must be identified by specific marks on the bottom of the piece (these differ depending on time periods). The mark will always be under the glaze, as they are added before any decoration.