Limoges Boxes Representing the Great French Castle Chateau de Chenonceau
I have visited many chateaux and castles throughout France.¬† Among the most impressive is the dream-like Chateau de Chenonceau.¬† Chenonceau is located in the Loire Valley, an area with a great concentration of great manor houses and large castles such as the great Chambord castle.¬† The Loire Valley is located about 230 miles south of Paris ‚Äď an easy distance for any traveler with a love of French architecture.
Built overlooking the River Cher, Chenonceau is the Loire castle where women have most left an impression. Catherine Bri√ßonnet, Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis each brought a personal touch to this amazing castle. ¬†Apart from its enchanting formal gardens, the castle contains an impressive art collection, composed of period furniture and famous paintings (including Van Loo‚Äôs ‚ÄúThree Graces‚ÄĚ) in a bridge-gallery straddling the Cher.
A great way to memorialize a visit to this amazing castle or just to be reminded of the beauty of French chateaux in general, are these two fantastic Limoges boxes by Beauchamp Limoges.¬† One is an outstanding Limoges box made in the shape of the Chenonceau castle with the river running under it.¬† It is magnificently hand-painted with great detailing throughout.¬† Inside is a hand-painted image of ladies and a gentleman on a leisurely walk by the river, looking at the swans that are found at the castle.¬† The second is an exquisite Limoges box in the shape of a Postcard from Chenonceau.