Limoges Easter Collectibles originated in the city of Limoges in South West France. Limoges porcelain is the finest quality porcelain and Easter collectibles are one of the most exquisite items made by Limoges. The Limoges Easter egg is a finely crafted box in the shape of an egg. The hand painted eggs can keep a secret or hold a tiny vial of perfume that, at one time, came with the eggs.
The Limoges porcelain factory was established in the eighteenth century and is the maker of the finest and exceptionally pure white porcelain in the entire world. Marco Polo discovered the porcelain while traveling through China. During the seventeenth century, porcelain was soft, and it was not until 1709 when the secret was discovered that made the soft porcelain hard and a little more durable.
The artists who create the exquisite porcelain collectibles use the same skill and craftsmanship the artisans used hundreds of years ago and create the same high quality collectibles.
What does the Limoges Easter Collectibles Include?
The Easter collectibles include an Easter basket and eggs along with a rabbit box, the Limoges Easter bunny and the chocolate egg box, the Limoges pink rabbit and cupcake box, two Easter bunnies in the garden, and Chamart Rabbit sitting on an egg with a carrots box. The collectibles are all hand painted in an antique style and are reminiscent of the Faberge style eggs.
The collectibles are highly prized works of art and were collected for many years by royalty and others with refined taste. The most valuable Easter collectibles were made from 1771 to 1939. During the early part of the 1900s, there were more than 40 factories making the porcelain beauties which included a great many of the Easter porcelain figures and eggs.
One of the most popular Easter collectibles made by Limoges is the Easter Truck. The truck is painted by hand and made from the same porcelain as all other Limoges items. The open-top truck, driven by the blue eyed Easter Bunny, is pulling a trailer made out of a bow clasp and holds an exquisite Easter egg. The egg has a clasp around the middle of the egg that allows it to open to hide a surprise.
What Can Limoges Easter Collectibles be used for?
The Easter collectibles can be used as display pieces in a shadow box, knickknack shelf or a simple display table. They can also be used as a place to keep the first tooth a child or the lock of hair from a first haircut. The Easter collectibles are purchased or given as a memento of a special occasion to or memorialize a special event or milestone.
The Limoges Easter collectibles are also often passed along from one generation to the next as a keepsake from the past to the generation of the future. They become a much cherished item and one that often spawns pleasant memories from the past. It is not always the women who pass the Easter collectibles along, it is men, as well.
It is not unusual for a father to pass along a collectible to a son with a tie clip, cuff links or a coin hidden inside. It is a gift that has a great deal of meaning, and it is something they will pass along to their own son someday. The Limoges Easter collectibles are as much a favorite today as they were hundreds of years ago.