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Vintage Limoges Hot Air Balloon Trinket Box

Vintage Limoges Hot Air Balloon Trinket Box

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Limoges trinket boxes have a long and fashionable history dating all the way back to the mid 1700s. The small, hinged boxes were tiny, labor-intensive works of art made with impeccable craftsmanship and hand-painted in exquisite detail. These curious little artifacts have held a number of fashionable uses over the ages: under Louis XIV these small boxes were used to hold a lock of lady's hair or small poem, but were more commonly used as snuff boxes, and later as pill boxes or simply as decorative figurines. They are still sought after today for their romance, nostalgia, and fine beauty.

Found at market in Paris, cylinder-shaped boxes such as this one were often designed to accommodate a lady's personal sewing thimble and fine needles. This charming example is decorated with intricate detail, depicting two passengers aboard a montgolfier (hot air balloon) in flight. A geometric diamonte pattern, accented with scattered blue dots, covers the exterior encircling the whimsical scene. A very French trinket box, sure to captivate the imagination and inspire romantic dreams.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In very good vintage condition. Measures 2.25" W x 1"H x 1" D.

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