Since the 19th century, RAYNAUD has been a name which has conjured up the skills and traditions characteristic of Limoges porcelain.
RAYNAUD has wisely adopted a modern approach: combining time-honoured know-how with high technology to produce a continually evolving series of designs of the finest quality.
In 1919, Martial Raynaud bought the Montjovis factory. He immediately started to develop the company.
The company started to expand in 1925, becoming RAYNAUD & Co., and quickly established its name and its brand image, symbolised by an “R” entwined around a laurel branch, which soon became familiar.
Even though Martial Raynaud was closely involved with the international development of the company, he kept in touch with the principal artistic movements. A great many designs were produced: continuing the tradition of classical forms and drawing inspiration from Art Nouveau and Art Déco.
RAYNAUD & Co. also managed to create their own style: the superb pearl and “enamelled” cups and vases, completely hand made, coloured and with a transparent relief effect (a surprising technique, based on a traditional Hungarian technique, originally used by Martial Raynaud’s father, and now reproduced in the “Czarinas’ cups” collection.
André Raynaud took over from his father in 1952 and enrichened his company with the many aspects of his personality.
He gave a new dimension to the factory: providing the link between the rich porcelain traditions of the 19th century and the technological progress of the 20th century.
While preserving its time-honoured know-how, he introduced industrial innovations allowing to develop new techniques, to design new creations and reproduce old pieces.
These industrial initiatives enabled André Raynaud to expand the factory’s range to include other areas of interest: the reproduction of the French East India Company’s amazing “China copies”, the creation of new forms and modern pieces (the “Elite” square plates are on display at the Georges Pompidou Centre and the Decorative Arts Museum, both in Paris), the production of the work of great artists, Dali, Cocteau, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Arman, Raymond Loewy, Carven, etc.
Bertrand Raynaud, the youngest of the five children of the third generation of Raynauds, joined the firm in 1985 and in 1989 was promoted to General Manager. He then developed a new marketing policy and set out to give the firm a prestigious image.
In 1992, when the ERCUIS group acquired holdings in RAYNAUD, Bertrand Raynaud was nominated as Chairman of the Board: an important strategic post, and one in which design and communication are a top priority.
He is in charge of organizing the firms participative management and of building its future on Martial Raynaud industrial policy and André Raynaud creative policy.
These major objectives made Bertrand Raynaud decides to resolutely turn towards the 21st century. A century he hopes will be one of respect for tradition, intrinsic quality, timeless, world-famous creations, a brand known and recognized as a reference.