Villeroy and Boch was founded in the year 1748, by François Boch and his three sons, at the time producing ceramic tableware and decorative objects. While the company first started in a small French village, they later built their kilnworks in Luxembourg and Germany.
It wasn’t until 1836, when Jean-François Boch merged his company with that of competing stoneware manufacturer Nicolas Villery, that Villeroy and Boch was officially born with the name we know today.
The Luxembourg factory closed its doors as recently as 2010, but the company’s headquarters still operate from Mettlach in Germany, where one of the company’s first kilns was set up in 1812.
Since being founded by François Boch and Nicolas Villery, the company continued to be family owned throughout much of its history. While today it is no longer privately owned, many of the Villeroy and Boch family members continue to work within the company.