Monday, June 8, 2009

Lovely Limoges!

(Gifts from my aunt who bought these three beauties in France.)

For Three or More Tuesday, hosted by Tam at The Gypsy's Corner, I thought I would share my love for Limoges!

Every Limoges needs a stage, so let's flip the cup over and start! :-)

This was the one that started my obsession! My mother gave this cutie to me for Christmas many years ago. I loved it's intricate detailing and the delicateness of it! I also couldn't stop opening and shutting it! Lol I had never heard of Limoges and knew I had to have more!

I knew my dh was the one for me when he didn't flinch at the price tag of $160.00 for this pretty little teapot! He bought it as a gift for me when we were first dating. :-)

Each Limoges is handpainted with it's own unique clasp~

And often has detailing on the inside too~

A polar bear in an igloo~

Isn't his little face cute?!

"Here kitty kitty..." :-)

The Holy Bible~

A precious angel given to me from my cousin~

A pretty purse. I love the little chain!

A sophisticated lady~

This is not a Limoges but he's an important part of my collection! My husband does a very good impersonation of the Cowardly Lion, my favorite character from The Wizard of Oz! :-)

A child playing with blocks. Notice the pretty bird clasp~

Can I offer you a glass? :-)

Got milk??

The granddaddy of them all!

The detailing is just beautiful! It's the most expensive one I have.

You will know a "real" Limoges by the marking at either the bottom or the inside~
I found a good explaination of Limoges Trinket Boxes on a website called Limoges Direct.

"An authentic Limoges Trinket Box is made of kaolin porcelain. A stamp saying Limoges France will often tell if the box is authentic. In 1841 a law was passed saying that all Limoges boxes must be stamped with this marking. Some Limoges boxes are detailed more than others, as some have more complexity in the sculpture, and the colors which depict the knowledge, as well as number of firings. This is how collectors distinguish quality. Limoges boxes of quality are usually hand-painted and marked peint mein (painted by hand). Porcelain Limoges boxes that are not hand painted sometimes will be decorated by transfers. Often when purchased in the states the supplier will include a certificate of Authenticity."

Who knows why we fall in love with the things we do ~ but I knew as soon as I saw one, I would never get enough of them!! ~SIGH~

Thanks so much for coming by! Now let's go see some more collections of Three or More over at Tam's!! :-)



Dolores said...

Laura Marie,
Well, you're out of school, and FINALLY a post on your blog! I love the subject you chose. You really have a great collection of Limoges.

It would be hard for me to pick a favorite....they're each so sweet. Maybe I should like the three I gave you, but I believe "here kitty kitty" and the teapot would be my favorites.
Love you!

Helen said...

Good afternoon! I have NEVER seen a collection like this .... the detail is beyond lovely! You have quite a few pieces ~ I'm certain we will see more in the years to come.

Thank you for the sweet comments you leave me, I so appreciate them.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Wow, they're all beautiful and a wonderful collection Laura! I have 2 of them & my favorite is a little red heart. Great post! ☺♥☺ Diane

prof en retraite said...

Limoges? Did somebody say Limoges? lol I lOVE them, Laura! Of course, you know I love the kitties, but I have to say that the pumpkin coach with Cindy and the Prince inside is just glorious!! Thanks for sharing them. Isn't it nice to have your vacation??..hugs...Debbie

Happy To Be said...

Oh Laura you know how much I loved these when you put them on RMS...I could not pick a favorite one I think they are all just beautiful...thanks for sharing these glad your out of school my friend and can now play for awhile...did you see even Lynne came out to play today..I was so happy to see her...I have missed her so much...May you have a great day my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Angela said...

Welcome Back!!! Schools Out!!! Hip Hip Horray!!! hehehe

My favorite was the "here kitty kitty"! I don't think I've notice Limoges before, not really. I had no idea what a Limoge was??? hahaha I learned something new from the teacher today! hehehe

Glad your back!

God Bless!

Dolores said...

I love how you 'show cased' each Limoge on your pretty pink upside down cup..... how ingenious!

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Hi Laura!! I love your post! Did I make you feel guilty the other day?!? I missed ya! I love the boxes! I have a small collection of my own but they're not Limoges! Out of my league! Yours are beautiful! I love that polar bear, I've never seen one like that! And of course the pumpkin carriage! i think one of my favs is one your aunt brought back from France...the robin's egg blue on the left with the basket of florals on it! so good to hear from you! God Bless! Lauralu :)

Smilingsal said...

I have one Limoges box, and I adore it. I love your collection, especially Cinderella's coach. Happy Blue Monday

xinex said...

I have always loved your Limoges collection, Laura but this is the first time I have seen the wonderful details. They are so beautiful! I hope I don't obssess about these cause I just love to collect, lol. Thanks also for the info...Christine

Deanna said...

Hello from Kansas
and welcome to HomeHaven!
So glad you came by for a visit and are a follower. Blessings to you.
I've never collected Limoges Boxes, but they sure are lovely little boxes and your collection is sweet.
Visit with you soon,

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Laura, how wonderful to get a close up look at your Limoges! I know why you fell in love them. They are gorgeous. That carriage is incredible, and I luv the little purse with the chain, and the lady in the hat, and the cats in the stocking...Okay, I love all of them! So glad you posted these. laurie (P.S. Your blog looks great & I'm so happy to see you posting!) School's Out for Summer! Yea!

mbkatc230 said...

These are just lovely! The pumpkin carriage is really amazing, but my favorite I think is the kitty with the spilt milk. The detail on these is just beautiful, and I love the little clasps. Thanks for sharing these and welcome back! Kathy

Keetha Broyles said...

Thank you for finding me and for following me. I see in your list of followers that we do have several bloggy friends in common.

Next - - - I LOVE your cabin header picture. Now I wonder if it is where you live, or if it is your vacation retreat spot.

Carrie said...

You collection is very lovely. I have never seen Limoges before-- or known that is what they are.

Hope you have a terrific Tuesday!!

Lori E said...

How sweet they are. So small but detailed.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Laura, I love your little boxes....they are so sweet and so special.


Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

Thanks for the info on the Limoge trinket boxes. I love them. But I really love the first photo you showed with the ones your Aunt brought you from France. But I also adore the pumpkin carriage. You are very lucky to have so many beautiful Limoge boxes. Thanks for sharing.

Brenda said...

If I owned any Limoges they would be placed on a pedestal!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

wow, that is a great collection!! I am not a collector but I do have a collection of waterford Christmas orn. and now the company has closed...just my luck. Thanks for stopping by, I always love a visit from my twin.

Blondie's Journal said...

What a fabulous collection!! I don't think I have seen so many Limoges in one sitting!! I can't pick a favorite~okay, maybe the purse! ;-)

Have a great week!!


ann said...

oh Laura,i am sooooooo glad to see you back here.and you know i adore your Limoges'.i think my fav is the bible,then cinderellas coach.which one is yours?
at least your collection doesn't take up alot of are you going to post about your hubby's man cave?just wondering...ann

Sares said...

Hello Laura, I saw that you recently came by my blog, Loveleigh Treasures,and I just wanted to come by and say hello. Your cabin looks like it is beautifully rustic. Your Limoges are all wonderful. You've got quite the eccletic collection! The Pumpkin Carriage is my favorite, no surprise there right! Have a terrific day Laura!

Lisa said...

What a pretty collecion! I especially like the wine bottles.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Look who is posting! Whooo, hooo! :-) Welcome back! I love your limoges collection! My favorites were the cinderella carriage (of course), the child with the blocks and the igloo. What an amazing collection! Your DH is definitely a keeper!

Gypsy aka Tam said...

Oh WOW - What a stunning collection!!!! I lOVE the pumpkin carriage one, it's sooooooo pretty.
Even though I'm late visiting I'm so glad I didn't miss this post.
Have a wonderful weekend,

Bre said...

Hi Tomarie !

Great hearing from you...sorry it took awhile to get back .....I've been MIA from the blogging world.

Now, I'm in the middle of report cards. Yuck ! I'm sure you know the feeling .......Are yours due soon ?

Take care and hoe you make it through June ...we;re off in two weeks thank goodness !

Chantilly Grace

Melissa Miller said...

Laura they are all soooo cute!
Love the typewriter. ~Adorable! ;)

Liz said...

Hi Laura!
That is a wonderful collection. I didn't have the appreciation for the sweet little boxes before that I do now. Thanks for the details. I can see why you love them! They are beautiful!


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Laura, these are incredible. I think I "might" have one, but truly didn't know what they were and their value until I started blogging. lol. Thanks so much for visiting and leaving such kind and wonderful comments. It means the world. I hope you're having a super w/k. hugs ~lynne~

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

I hear that song playing in my head, "SCHOOOOOOL'S. OUT. FOR. SUMMER!!!" :-) Thanks for your visit, girlfriend!

xinex said...

Hi Laura! We are in New Orleans for John's meeting. We walked through the antiques row last night and one store had shelves and shelves of Limoges boxes. I fought about you. Thanks for stopping by....Christine