Artoria Limoges is a
family-owned porcelain business located on the banks of the Vienne River in
the city of Limoges, France and is the leading manufacturer of porcelain
giftware. They have been in existence for several generations and continue
to produce some of the most beautiful and treasured porcelain artifacts in
the region. Artoria controls all phases of production: they manufacture
their own porcelain and employ an extensive team of sculptors, artists and
designers, all of whom contribute to the creation of the company's unique
and intricately detailed collectible Limoges boxes. Artoria has produced
thousands of different Limoges boxes and continues to add hundreds of new
pieces to its collection every year. They also have several other product
lines including larger giftware, dinnerware and hand-painted jewelry.
Artoria artists employ
many of the same techniques that have been used by Limoges artisans for
centuries to decorate their famous porcelain. Their boxes are not merely
beautiful collectible pieces, but they also share a long, rich tradition
and history. These charming boxes first appeared in France in the 18th
century. They were known as "tabatieres". French aristocrats and high
society used the boxes as containers to hold snuff tobacco. It was a habit
enjoyed only by the very wealthy and became the vogue for well-bred
noblemen and women to carry unique and expensive snuffboxes with them so
they could impress their social peers.
were as varied and unusual as they are today. They appeared in all shapes
and sizes, some in whimsical forms, and other more "traditional" boxes,
decorated with miniature landscapes, portraits or other decorative motifs.
Today, these boxes have become enormously popular, although they are now
uniquely collectible items and are no longer used as snuff containers.
Because each piece is richly detailed and handpainted, there will be slight
variations in color, brush strokes and hinges. This makes each one of the
boxes splendidly unique! Most of the Artoria boxes are part of a limited
edition series. After Artoria retires a piece, the molds will be destroyed
forever and the piece becomes a part of Limoges history, increasing its
value for collectors.