Not only in terms of monetary investment, but these Limoges miniatures, figurines and trinket boxes also add value to one’s collection. Limoges miniatures, figurines and trinket boxes are stylish, 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.
You should also look for other details and designs that would make your collection stand out and from viewers, along side plenty of classical designs that dates back to the 18th century.
Your appreciation for these special work of art would greatly increase once you witness the manufacture of Limoges boxes from start to finish. You can find the world famous porcelain in Limoges, France. Since the 1700s, these Limoges boxes, small trinket or pill boxes have been carefully crafted 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 crafted in a different mold. Each piece is allowed time to set in the mold, it is then removed and is hand-sponged to make it smooth and to remove any extra particles. A special kiln is needed to fire up the pieces. In the process of firing, each piece may reduce its size to about 15%. The reduce of size allows each piece to take on a slightly variant shape from any other piece from the same mold. Once the pieces are cooled, they are put into the kiln again to be glazed and fired at a very high temperature. The pieces are now ready to receive artwork. Each piece is now beautifully hand-painted by a Limoges artist one color at a time. Another round of firing (3-4 or even up to 7-8 firings) are given to the Limoges for each additional color. 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 hast to be cut and fitted individually because each piece is unique. 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.
Limoges boxes are made to fascinate a wide variety of styles and themes depending on the taste and are of interest.