From the first design sketch to final firing and handpainting, every single ROCHARD box is created entirely in Limoges, France. ROCHARD uses only the finest materials in its objects d' art.
Part of the beauty and value of these collectible boxes is the slight variations in color, brush stroke, and mounting of each box. The history of Limoges Boxes is fascinating - and so is the detailed process of how they are handmade one-by-one! Authentic Limoges Boxes are ONLY made in France. Limoges porcelain boxes were first created in the mid-18th century after Jacques Turgot, Finance Minister of King Louis XVI, gave a Royal edict to the city of Limoges, France the exclusive right to produce Royal Limoges porcelain for the Kingdom of France.The first Limoges trinket boxes were long narrow containers that were created for expensive needles. From here, other shapes of limoges porcelain boxes evolved. The earliest were those that held thimbles and embroidery scissors and then round flat Limoges boxes were formed and used as powder boxes. Under Louis XVI these small boxes were also used to hold a lock of lady's hair or a small piece of paper with a romantic poem. The creation of the Limoges Porcelain box is an arduous and time intensive process of creating a master mold, detail painting by hand of color and design, performing multiple firings and glazing upon the porcelain mold, and a final touch of a metal hinge for opening and closing. The painting of the Limoges porcelain in the Limoges box industry are accomplished by small handed French artisans, as experts at the fine brush strokes required for such detailed work. "Peint Main" is French for hand-painted.
After painting, there are multiple firings. The final firing at a temperature of 1400 Celsius is unique to Limoges, giving them a very fine pure and strong white finish. The final touch to a Limoges box is the metal hinged mountings that are meticulously fitted to the finished box.The entire work process is made by hand, so small variations are the norm, thus making each piece really unique. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Boxes, Jars & Tins". The seller is "wandermum" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.