13 Feb

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Why Are Limoges Boxes So Collectible?

A raise on the value of your collection, not just in terms of monitary investment, comes from Limoges miniatures, figurines and trinket boxes. These collections are stylishly classy and timeless. Methodical hand paintings are visible on these little boxes and miniatures made of glistening white clay porcelain. These collections and home decor pieces contains sceneries and figures that add pizzazz.

Aside from a lot of traditional designs from way back the 18th century, you could also look for the more contemporary designs that would help in making your collection more valuable and worth the time to view.

If you want to increase your admiration on these collections, you should witness how these Limoges boxes are made from start to finish. Limoges, France produces the world famous porcelain. Since 1700s, the crafting of these Limoges boxes, small trinket or pill boxes have been in the Limousine region of central France. During the present time, a very few selected craftsmen can be found in Limoges who still create these labor-intensive art pieces exactly the same way it was made during the 1700s.

Two or more parts made up the Limoges box. Each part of the box is made in a separate mold. The pieces are taken out of the mold after letting it sit in for some time, it is then hand-sponged to smoothen it and remove extra particles. They launch the pieces in a special kiln. The size of each piece will shrink about 15% during the firing. Each piece will take on a slightly different shape from any other from the same mold because of the shrinkage. The pieces are then glazed and fired in the kiln at a very high temperature after it’s being cooled. The pieces are now ready to receive artwork. Each piece is now beautifully hand-painted by a Limoges artist one color at a time. For each additional color on the Limoges, another round of firing (3-4 or even up to 7-8 firings) is given. Some boxes are painted with 24K gold and/or chrome, among other colors used, which gives the Limoges box an elegant gold or silver shine. The Limoges boxes are now ready to be hinged once the box parts have been fully painted and have gone through a lot of several rounds of irings in the kiln. Only highly skilled craftsmen can perform the process of hinging. The brass hinge needs to be cut individually and fitted to each piece. To develop an antiqued patina, the parts are then submerged in acid for a few hours once the hinges are fitted and braised. Each part will be attached to each piece of porcelain by hand. Before the Limoges box will be admired and cherished by a collector, a decorative clasp needs to be added.

The Limoges boxes are crafted in a wide variety of styles and themes for every specific taste and area of interest.

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