Limoges miniatures, figurines and trinket boxes add value to your collection, not just in terms of monetary investment. Collections like these are stylish, classy, and timeless. These collections are made of shiny white clay porcelain and shows particular hand paintings. Various scenes and figures are portrayed on these collections.
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 1700s, the crafting of these Limoges boxes, small trinket or pill boxes have been in the Limousine region of central France. In Limoges, a few select craftsmen still create these art pieces using the same labor-intensive manner as in 1700s.
There are two or more parts on a Limoges box. A separate mold is made of each part. 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. In order to fire up the pieces, a special kiln is needed. In the process of firing, each piece may reduce its size to about 15%. 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 can now be painted. A Limogen artist is now tasked to hand-paint each piece one color at a time. The Limoges receives another round of firing (3-4 or even up to 7-8 firings), for each additional color. To give each Limoges box an elegant gold or silver shine, each box is painted 24K gold and/or chrome among other colors used. The Limoges box parts are now ready to be hinged once it undergo another rounds of several firing 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.
Limoges boxes are made to fascinate a wide variety of styles and themes depending on the taste and are of interest.