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Limoges Boxes: How It’s Made.

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. There are hand paintings visible on these collections that are made of sparkling white clay porcelain. Various scenes and figures are portrayed on these collections.

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.

Your appreciation for these special work of art would greatly increase once you witness the manufacture of Limoges boxes 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. A small number of select craftsmen can be found in Limoges still crafting the same labor-intensive art pieces exactly the same manner as in 1700s.

A Limoges box is made up of two or more parts. Each part of the box is crafted in a different mold. After some time, the pieces are taken out of the mold and are hand-sponged to become smooth and to remove any extra particle. In order to fire up the pieces, a special kiln is needed. 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. Right now, the pieces can be designed and painted. A Limoges artist elegantly hand-paints each piece 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 box parts are now ready to be hinged once it undergo another rounds of several firing in the kiln. The hinging process is an art form in itself and only highly skilled craftsmen can perform it. 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. The parts are then 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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