Villeroy and Boch is the result of a 1836 merger of a pottery set up by Francois Boch in 1748 in the small Lorraine village of Audun le Tiche and a faience factory set up by Nicolas Villeroy 1785 in Wallerfangen in the German Saarland.
The company was later moved to Mettlach in the Saarland, but has also had a factory in Luxemburg. Villeroy & Boch has always produced wares for the mass market on an industrial scale. In the 20th century they have also become a very successful producer of tiles and bathroom furniture.
Having an annual turnover of around 1 billion dollars the company is truly one of the giants of the porcelain industry. They are most well known for their transferware made with copper engravings like Burgenland and Valeria.