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  Why Now is the Best Time to Collect French Limoges Boxes

  Important Factors to Remember When Purchasing French Limoges Boxes

  Why French Limoges Boxes are So Collectible

Why Now is the Best Time to Collect French Limoges Boxes

By: Vivianne Smith ~ Published August 26, 2010

Limoges boxes have been cherished and collected since they were first created in the 1700s.   The 21st century has truly raised the bar on quality and artistry of these beautiful works of art.   Today, collectors can purchase pieces that far surpass the quality of those offered in the past decades.

Birthday Cake Limoges Box (Beauchamp)
Limoges boxes are the symbol of French artistry and elegance at a miniature level.   These fine white porcelain boxes with their magnificent hand-painting and metal work have long been sought after by collectors worldwide.

The history of Limoges boxes goes back to the time of Louis XVI, when the king’s finance minister, by a Royal edict, appointed the city of Limoges to be the exclusive producer of Royal Porcelain for the Kingdom of France.   It is said that the first patron of porcelain boxes was the Marquis of Pompadour who presented his Lady’s companions each with a gift of a Limoges box.   Such presents were offered as long, narrow boxes to hold the ladies expensive needles, shapes to hold thimbles or embroidery scissors or round Limoges boxes to hold a ring, powder or snuff.  Ladies and gentlemen of that era also used small Limoges boxes to exchange love notes!

Collecting Limoges boxes became the symbol of the highest distinction and fashion when Napoleon’s wife, Empress Josephine, showed great interest and began a collection of her own. Soon, Limoges boxes were sought after and collected by royalties all over Europe.

Today, Limoges boxes are made in numerous styles and shapes and are cherished and collected worldwide.  Each box can symbolize and celebrate special and memorable times or events of our lives such as Birthdays, New Baby , Christmas and other holidays, Graduation , beloved Animals , etc.   There is a Limoges box made for any and all occasions or subjects!

Collecting Limoges boxes became even more popular in the 80s and 90s.   With that great popularity, many artists in Limoges could not keep up with the demand and had to utilize the help of students and less experienced painters to do some pieces.   As a result, some Limoges boxes made in that era are of lesser quality than those painted by the master artists.

One may think that the economic state of our times would have had a negative effect on the quality or availability of these time-honored collectibles.   However, happily, the reverse is true.   In the past few years, due to the financial hardships experienced worldwide, many of the artists have had to downsize and some have even closed shop.   The only ones remaining are those whose work has stood the test of time.   As a result, many of the Limoges boxes produced today are of much higher quality and painted by artists whose level of artistry surpasses those of the previous decades.

One great example of such level of superior artistry is the collection offered by Beauchamp Limoges.   Beauchamp Limoges produces the highest quality Limoges boxes and commissions the very best and most talented artisans in the Limoges region.   The company offers a wide selection of styles of Limoges boxes for every occasion and taste.   The Beauchamp Limoges Collection is offered by LimogesBoxCollector.com, its exclusive US distributor and retailer.

Collectors who value quality and excellence can find a very large selection of Limoges boxes in numerous styles at www.LimogesBoxCollector.com offered at the most competitive prices.   New and original designs by Beauchamp Limoges are continually added to enhance any collection.

LimogesBoxCollector.com is one of the largest direct importers of French Limoges boxes in the US. To view an extensive selection of Limoges boxes, including numerous exclusive pieces, please visit www.limogesboxcollector.com.

Important Factors to Remember When Purchasing
French Limoges Boxes

By: Vivianne Smith ~ Published October 24, 2009

Collectible French Limoges boxes come in a wide variety of shapes and themes. Collectors always enjoy obtaining new pieces to enhance their collection. Having a trustworthy source is very important to ensure quality and authenticity.

Bluebird and Chick Limoges Box (Beauchamp)
For those who love, appreciate and collect French Limoges Boxes , authenticity and artistry matter immensely. Limoges Box collectors always look for new styles and designs. In recent times, fake trinket boxes are found everywhere so Limoges collectors have to ensure that the porcelain boxes they are purchasing are authentic and have been entirely produced in Limoges, France.

Below are a few factors that can help when making a decision to purchase.

Surface decoration. Some Limoges boxes may have transfers or decals used instead of painting.

Some may have a combination of decals and highlighting stroke work. These boxes usually are marked “Rehausse Main” meaning “enhanced by hand”. Limoges boxes that are entirely hand-painted bear the designation “Peint Main”, which means “hand-painted”.

Backstamp and Mark. All authentic Limoges boxes are either signed by hand or bear the insignia of the manufacturing artist. The mark should include the designation “Limoges, France” as guarantee of the origin of manufacture as well as “Peint Main” meaning “painted by hand”. Some artists include their initials or name as well as the brand mark of the manufacturer. All backstamps must be under the glaze and irremovable.

Workmanship. Another very important factor is the quality of hand-painting. Limoges artists have access to a selection of blank boxes from general moulds. You may find the same model Limoges box made by various artists, from amateur to master artists. Of course, the quality of workmanship is vastly different. To the avid collector, the artistry and detail of the painting is of great importance.

Detail. When selecting a Limoges box , pay attention to the detail in painting and the number of colors used. When painting the box, the artist has to use one color at a time. The box receives a firing between each coloring. Therefore, more colors, means much greater time and effort has gone into painting the Limoges box.

Uniqueness. Some Limoges manufacturers offer exclusive shapes and models. These pieces are very desirable as they are made in limited numbers.

Condition. A new Limoges box must be in excellent condition. If purchasing a retired piece or an antique box, always check for its condition. Make sure the piece is without chips, cracks, paint loss or broken hinges.

Source. Finally It is a very important to purchase from a reputable dealer who is knowledgeable about French Limoges and offers a great selection.

Ultimately, the most important criteria is that you find the Limoges box beautiful and appealing. If so, you will enjoy the piece for all time.

LimogesBoxCollector.com is one of the largest direct importers of French Limoges boxes in the US. To view an extensive selection of Limoges boxes, including numerous exclusive pieces, please visit www.limogesboxcollector.com.

Why French Limoges Boxes Are So Collectible

By: Vivianne Smith ~ Published January 25, 2009

Bluebird and Chick Limoges Box (Beauchamp)
Exquisite French Limoges Boxes were originally used as snuff or pill boxes. Today, the beauty and diversity of themes of these little porcelain boxes have captured the hearts of collectors worldwide. The artistry of Limoges is alive and well.

If you have had the privilege of witnessing the manufacture of French Limoges boxes from start to finish, your admiration for these true works of art would increase a thousand fold! Limoges, France is world-famous for its porcelain. Limoges boxes, small trinket or pill boxes, have been meticulously crafted in the Limousine region of central France since the 1700s. Today, very few select craftsmen are left in Limoges who still create these labor-intensive art pieces exactly in the same manner as in the 1700s.

A Limoges box is made in two or more parts. Each part is made in a separate mold. After allowing it time to set, the pieces are removed from the mold, are hand-sponged to smooth and remove any extra particles. The pieces are then fired in a special kiln. During this firing, each piece may shrink about 15%. The shrinkage causes each piece to take on a slightly variant shape from any other from the same mold. After the pieces cool, they are glazed and fired in the kiln again at a very high temperature. Now the pieces are ready to receive artwork. Each piece is exquisitely hand-painted by a Limoges artist, one color at-a-time! With each additional color, the Limoges receives another round of firing (3-4 or even up to 7-8 firings).

Among numerous colors used, some boxes are decorated with 24K gold and/or chrome, which gives the Limoges box a beautiful gold or silver shine. Once the Limoges box parts have been fully painted and have gone through several rounds of firings in the kiln, they are ready to be hinged. The hinging process is an art form in itself and is performed by highly skilled craftsmen. As each piece is unique, the brass hinge has to be individually cut and fitted to it. Once the hinges are fitted and braised, they are then submerged in acid for a few hours to develop an antiqued patina. They are then adhered to each piece of porcelain by hand. A decorative clasp is also added and the Limoges box is ready to be admired and cherished by a collector!

Limoges boxes are made in a vast variety of styles and themes for every taste and area of interest. As well as being beautifully hand-painted on the outside, some have a painting inside the box. Other Limoges boxes come with a tiny accessory piece inside. Many Limoges boxes are only made in limited editions and bear the numbers at the base. However, many artists have produced only a few of each piece. Limoges boxes can cost between $75 to $500 or more, depending on the shape, color diversity and artistic efforts expended on the piece.

For more information about Limoges boxes and to view an extensive selection of Limoges boxes, please visit www.LimogesBoxCollector.com.

You can find an extensive selection of exquisite Limoges boxes made by the most artistic Limoges artisans at www.LimogesBoxCollector.com. Grand Dezign is a direct importer of Limoges boxes, working with the most artistic ateliers and manufacturing workshops in Limoges. Grand Dezign also offers a large selection of retired and rare pieces, especially the highly sought-after, retired Walt Disney Limoges collection made by Artoria Limoges.

About the Author: Vivianne Smith is an author, collector and appraiser with expertise in porcelain and fine china collectibles. Her travels to Europe and visiting many manufacturers' factories and workshops has provided her with a wealth of information regarding these works of art.

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