Limoges trinket box appeal and history are quite fascinating. The name Limoges instantly conjures elegant and sophisticated decorative porcelain art. It refers not to one single maker, but rather to the array of factories that thrived in the town of Limoges, France centuries ago.
Limoges china is some of the most coveted decorative art skillfully crafted in France. Renowned for their diversity of designs in elegant dinner services, Limoges porcelain makers also specialized in small decorative objects like trinket boxes. These small trinket boxes, also known as bonbonnieres, are a celebrated part of Limoges’ legacy.
Video Showing a Variety of Limoges Trinket Boxes From One Collector
What is a Limoges Trinket Box
Limoges’ boxes are small hinged porcelain boxes that are hand-made in factories near the city of Limoges, France. Renowned for being a top collector’s item, Limoges’ boxes also make the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy person. These are undoubtedly the highest quality trinket boxes on the market today. And, remarkably, they hold their value.
These miniature containers were derived from the snuff box tradition but later became a storage space for little treasures. In addition to being the perfect gift, these adorable boxes are also great keepsakes to keep a memory alive or to store a small memento, such as a love note, pills, or jewelry.
Each box is expertly hand-painted and designed with a certain theme or character. The clasp on each box matches the theme. You may find a hat on a hat box, a bow on a gift box or a crown on the Prince Charming Frog as shown in the above photo.
A surprise awaits inside each piece that carries the theme of the trinket box. For instance, a hand-painted mouse appears inside when you open the box of a cat-themed trinket box. Most appealing to collectors is collecting boxes that contain smaller porcelain items inside the box. Such as a small matching hat inside a hatbox.
The History of Limoges China
Limoges china dates back to the late 18th century when the discovery of kaolin clay changed the course of the region’s history. Today, kaolin clay is used as a natural, toxin-free, vegan skincare regimen as a cleanser, exfoliator, and for blemish treatment.
Kaolin clay was an essential ingredient for making hard-paste porcelain, which is fired at remarkably high temperatures and results in a luminous finish that is ideal for decoration.
Capitalizing on the availability of kaolin clay, small-production porcelain factories opened in the surrounding areas of Limoges, France. What catapulted Limoges porcelain’s acclaim in 1781 was the arrival of King Louis XIV of France who purchased one of the local factories in order to make porcelain wares for his court.
Authenticity of Limoges Trinket Boxes
Because of their popularity, Limoge trinket boxes are often counterfeited. A Limoges piece is only considered “authentic” if it is completely crafted, hand-painted and finished (hinged) in the Limoges region of France. If it is just signed “Limoges” or “Limoges-China” it is absolutely considered a counterfeit and a fake.
An authentic Limoges trinket box will oftentimes feature the name of the artist who hand-painted it. The words “Peint Mein” will also appear which translates as hand-painted.
Limoges continues to be a favorite of porcelain collectors thanks to its combination of breathtaking craftsmanship and attention to art and design. These trinket boxes offer a style for everyone that is tied to an impressively long history of production. As each one contains its own theme, you can tailor them to that special person in your life. Limoges trinket box appeal and history will continue to fascinate collectors for centuries to come.
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