Limoges Boxes Collection Tips and Benefits
Are you interested to know more about collectible Limoges boxes? What are Limoges boxes? Original or genuine Limoges boxes are hand-painted or hand-crafted hinged boxes that are 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. In the past, only the nobles can afford French Limoges because these are made of high-coveted pure white porcelain with different shapes and decorated by master French local artisans. Today, people love to collect Limoges boxes as a gift and collectible items.
How and where are Limoges boxes made? For a Limoges box to be regarded as absolutely authentic, it should be made entirely in France, the Limousin region. 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. Limoges boxes are made of two or several parts, but each part is made of porcelain paste. When it comes to the entire process of making Limoges boxes, it includes firing in a special kiln, cooling, and glazing. Local Limoges artisans then apply the finest decorative artwork to shiny white porcelain pieces. The more color a master artist uses, the more firing it needs at varying temperatures, the more intricate and exquisite the Limoges box will be. The paint colors used in authentic Limoges boxes are powder form of natural minerals, that are mixed with special oils 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!
Since Limoges boxes are made with great craftsmanship, unique material, and magnificent artistry, collectors around the world just 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. If you want a luxury gift, Limoges are great gift items for any celebration or special occasions such as Christening, Christmas, Mothers Day, Valentines Day, anniversary, and birthdays. Limoges boxes are also perfect as keepsake boxes for jewelry and other small valuable items. The uses are limitless and you can display your Limoges boxes at home or office for a touch of elegance and sophistication.
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