Trinkets – Getting Started & Next Steps
Limoges miniatures, figurines and trinket boxes add value to your collection, not just in terms of monetary investment. Limoges miniatures, figurines and trinket boxes are stylish, classy, and timeless. Methodical hand paintings are visible on these little boxes and miniatures made of glistening 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.
The privilege of witnessing how these Limoges boxes are manufactured from start to finish will greatly increase your admiration on these collections. 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 made in a separate 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. They launch the pieces in a special kiln. The size of each piece will shrink about 15% during the firing. The reduce of size allows each piece to take on a slightly variant shape from any other piece from the same mold. 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. Another round of firing (3-4 or even up to 7-8 firings) are given to the Limoges 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. After several rounds of firings in the kiln, the Limoges box parts are now ready to be hinged. 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. The parts are then submerged for a few hours in acid once the hinges are fitted and braised in order to develop an antiqued patina. The parts are then attached to each piece of porcelain by hand. After a decorative clasp is added, the Limoges box is now ready to be admired and cherished by a collector.
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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