Beginner’s Ultimate Guide to Limoges Boxes
Have you heard of Limoges boxes? What are Limoges boxes? A true and original Limoges box is a hand-painted or hand-crafted hinged box that is made from fine French hard-paste porcelain. In the mid 1700s, the history of Limoges boxes started when the Europeans were so enamored to recreate Chinese hand-painted potteries in a higher level of quality and craftsmanship. French white porcelain was then made of different shapes and beautifully decorated by local French artisans. While these boxes are used as snuff boxes and for exchanging love notes, these are so popular today because they are great collectible items and gift items too.
Where can you find Limoges boxes, and how are they made? In central France, the Limousin region, you can find the local artisans making Limoges boxes, and in order for a Limoges box to be considered as original or authentic, it should be made entirely on this place. There are small factories, ateliers, and workshops found in Limoges producing white porcelain. Master artists paint and decorate porcelain boxes in these small factories and workshops. There are two or more parts of a Limoges box, made of porcelain paste in a separate mold. The process involves firing in a special kiln, cooling, and glazing. Once the white porcelain pieces are shiny, they are ready to receive the finest decorative artwork. The decorative paintings are detailed and intricate. Natural minerals in powder form are used for painting authentic Limoges boxes, which are mixed with special oils that are then applied to the white porcelain. Brass hinge is individually hand-cut and individually hand-fitted to the porcelain performed by highly-skilled craftsmen. Nothing can beat the elegance and sophistication a Limoges box collectible can offer!
Because of the magnificent artistry in making a Limoges box, collectors around the world love to collect these boxes. There are different themes and shapes of Limoges boxes, so you can choose anything that is based on your personal interest. There are also some collectors who only collect rare or retired boxes such as Peanuts characters and Disney. You can give Limoges boxes to someone special to you on any occasion, serving as a luxury gift for Christening, Christmas, Mothers Day, Valentines Day, anniversary, and birthday. Limoges boxes are also perfect as keepsake boxes for jewelry and other small valuable items. Limoges boxes can serve as decorative items for your home or office, adding a touch of class, elegance, and sophistication.
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