Story of LEGLE

A Celebration of Heritage

1890s

In the late 19th century, the great great grand mother of Frédéric Lebouc, Marie Olympe Brière, has a small workshop that made everyday china objects. In an already modern spirit, she sent her son Frédéric Legrand away to study in England.

1904

Back in Limoges, in 1904, Frédéric Legrand set up a porcelain business. In the 20s, he also operated a porcelain electric part business as porcelain was the best insulating material at the time. Legrand grew to become the largest electric device company in the world. His daughter, Paule, married André Lebouc, an Arts et Métiers engineer, who became the manager of the Legrand company.

1949

After the war, the Legrand company was sold. André Lebouc returned to his first love and in 1949, with his son Hugues, he set up a pilot porcelain plan, which was exemplary both in terms of manufacturing processes and in terms of he widely improved work conditions : the PORAL plant. A cutting edge plant designed according to entirely new data », as the papers of the time described it. Inaugurated by high-ranking officials, the PORAL plant was the first plant opened in Limoges after the war, and benefited by original public-private funding.

1953

After the war, the Legrand company was sold. André Lebouc returned to his first love and in 1949, with his son Hugues, he set up a pilot porcelain plan, which was exemplary both in terms of manufacturing processes and in terms of he widely improved work conditions : the PORAL plant. A cutting edge plant designed according to entirely new data », as the papers of the time described it. Inaugurated by high-ranking officials, the PORAL plant was the first plant opened in Limoges after the war, and benefited by original public-private funding.

2000

Frédéric LEBOUC, the son of Hughes and the grandson of André Lebouc, took up the torch. He has learned everything at his father’s side, for 20 years, and started managing the company when his father died in 2000.In line with his illustrious forebears, he has updated the manufacturing chain entirely, designed and launched new collections, still in the spirit of conquering and controlling the sharp fire coloured matter and enamels that make LEGLE famous. With a passion for the story of his and his family’s company, he can talk forever about working matter, colour and Porcelaine LEGLE’s permanent search for new shapes and processes. Valuable expertise and a historic flame turned towards the future and appreciated world-wide.