The Giraud brand produced porcelain wares dating back to the 1920's. They produced many contemporary pot de creme sets throughout that time. Pot de creme sets were a tiny portion of their manufacturing. Giraud's line of porcelain include full sets of china, plates cups, saucers, platters, trays and specialty serving pieces.
Many of the early porcelain pieces were hand painted but in later years transfers were more common. That said the gold trim on pot de creme pieces was always hand painted.
Some of the simple white Giraud Limoges can be seen at MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York.
Giraud porcelain mark 1920's - 1935
André Giraud started producing ceramics back in the early 1920's. From the time he started, until 1935 his products were branded in the name Giraud Limoges. The mark typically showed the name Giraud, then a stamp that said Limoges, France. The other words used the mark below refer to the pattern on the porcelain piece. See another pattern specific mark on the side column of this page.
Andre Guiraud, Brousseau & Company Mark 1935 - 1967
In 1935 Giraud partnered with Brousseau and purchased a porcelain factory in Sauviat-sur-Vige which is near Limoges, France. Their wares were branded under the name Giraud & Brousseau. Brousseau died in 1967.
The flame mark with "cuite au bois" means the piece was fired in wood burning kilns. This technology for producing high quality porcelain was developed by Andre Dupuy in 1884.
A. Guiraud & Cie mark 1967 - 1979
After his partners death he re-branded under the name A. Giraud & Cie.
Notice the helmet design in blue. This mark started being used once the company changed To A. Giraud & Cie.
The company changed their brand once again to A. Giraud & Fils.
Here are a few examples of the pot de creme sets produced by Giraud.
You can see that the Giraud brand mark is the same as the one shown stamped in green. Citronella is the pattern mark. The words Giraud Belle Epoque appears to apply to a specific line of porcelain which has different patterns within the product line. The word at the bottom of this style mark will always refer to a pattern name. The citronella pattern is shown below.
This is another beautiful set under the Belle Epoque line. The set is covered in pink flowers and green leaves, simple and beautiful.