About the Artist:
Limoges had strong antecedents in the production of decorative objects. The city was the most famous European center of vitreous enamel production in the 12th century, and Limoges enamel was known as Opus de Limogia or Labor Limogiae.
Limoges had also been the site of a minor industry producing plain faience earthenware since the 1730s.
The manufacturing of hard-paste porcelain at Limoges was established by Turgot in 1771 following the discovery of local supplies of kaolin and a material similar to petuntse in the economically distressed area at Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, near Limoges. The materials, which were quarried beginning in 1768, were used to produce hard-paste porcelain similar to Chinese porcelain.
Limoges maintains the position it established in the 19th century as the premier manufacturing city of porcelain in France.
This charming miniature, hand-painted porcelain trinket box featuring a kitten playing with a ball of yarn while lying on a bench was manufactured by Limoges in the early 1950s. Also portrayed on the trinket box is a Dalmatian puppy leaning over the bench, keeping an eye on what the kitten is doing. The scene is one of playfulness and innocence.
This little trinket box is in excellent vintage condition, free chips, cracks, or crazing. The clasp is a brass dog with a brass band surrounding the mouth of the box. The inside of the box displays a hand-painted bouquet of red flowers. On the bottom, the following words can be found: “Artoria. Peint Main. Limoges, France. MO55 SB.”
This hand-painted porcelain trinket box by Limoges makes for a wonderful gift for any special occasion. In addition, this beautifully detailed trinket box would add great value to your own porcelain collection. This piece is sure to become a treasured heirloom in your family.