GroundStrike Collectibles Newsletter
Vol. 2 No. 6
The traditional red and
green Christmas colors seem to have been replaced by red, white, and
blue this year! The spirit of patriotism and respect for our
soldiers, firefighters and policemen has reached a new high. We’ve
been overwhelmed with requests for Limoges boxes with these themes, and
so our New and
Travel USA pages are stocked with the best ones we’ve been able to
We want to thank each
of you and wish you all the very best of the holidays. You’ve been
responsible for our best year ever, and we appreciate it! Whoever
does those polls that say online retailing is slow this year forgot to
count little ol’ GroundStrike!
Rochard Studio Collection
We recently added the prestigious
Collection by Rochard to our collections. As most of you are
probably aware, the name Rochard is synonymous with quality in the world
of Limoges boxes. In 1994, Rochard introduced a line of classic
Limoges boxes that are intended for the advanced collector and others
that appreciate fine art. The painting, detail, and craftsmanship
in this line are truly a cut above the already high standards that
Rochard boxes achieve.
But I must warn you…
these boxes are expensive. There, I said it. Quite frankly,
Limoges boxes are not inexpensive items in the first place, and with
prices beginning at $220 and going up over $500, the Studio Collection
contains some of our highest priced Limoges boxes. Are they worth
it? So far, it’s been a resounding “yes!” from our customers.
Here are a few of the unique qualities of this line:
- More colors used –
15 to 20, instead of the usual 6 to 12 on other boxes
- Liberal use of 24
karat gold, with each painting applied and fired separately
- Fine brush
techniques that provide a 3-dimensional appearance
- Strictly limited
edition of from 50 to 250 pieces; discontinued thereafter
- Only a few new
pieces are introduced each year.
We carry several of
Studio Collection boxes, and we can special order the rest (which
adds about 10 days to the order delivery). Remember, your
discount applies even to special orders!
Even if these boxes
are not in your personal price range, it’s worth a moment to look at
some of the painting done on these boxes. Look at the
Floral with Portrait box for the mother and child painting, and the
Butterfly with Portrait box for the painting of the young lady.
Makes the Best Box?
We get asked that
question daily! OK, I’m being a little mischievous here… I’m not
talking about the best Limoges box; I’m talking about the gift box
that contains the Limoges box! During this time of gift giving, I
thought it was appropriate to compare the overall “presentation”
provided by the different Limoges factories and importers. This
includes the gift box, the certificate of authenticity, and the wrapping
around the Limoges box. Although many collectors throw these items
away, a good presentation makes a great gift even nicer!
So whose is the best?
Hands down, we believe the
Rochard Studio Collection presentation is at the top of the list.
The Limoges box is wrapped in “Rochard” printed tissue paper, and placed
in a hard-shell velvet flocked case (like those containing an expensive
watch). The certificate of authenticity is a little parchment
scroll hand-tied with a ribbon. All of this is enclosed in a deep
green cardboard sleeve printed with the Studio Collection logo.
It’s hard to imagine a more exuberant presentation for a Limoges box,
but it is certainly befitting the price range of the Studio Collection
Second on our list is
Rochard box. The Limoges box is wrapped in “Rochard” printed
tissue paper, and placed between puffs of more tissue inside a hard
two-piece cardboard box. The cardboard box is matte deep green,
with the Rochard logo and a ribbon beautifully printed in gold.
The certificate of authenticity is a nicely printed one-page fold-in.
A close third is the
presentation. The Limoges box is wrapped in Artoria printed tissue
paper, and placed in a two-piece hard cardboard box, with thick cotton
pads protecting the Limoges box. The cardboard box is matte deep
green, with “Artoria Limoges” printed in gold. The certificate of
authenticity is a little booklet with gold covers, which is one of the
best looking certificates available.
Tied for fourth are
the Chanille and
presentations. Both use attractive two-piece hard cardboard boxes
that are printed with their logos. The Limoges boxes are wrapped
either in bubble wrap or white tissue. The Chanille certificate is
a folded page with a loop of string threaded through a hole in the
certificate, giving it a touch of class. The newer Dubarry
certificate is a booklet with gold covers, almost exactly like the
Artoria certificate, although many of their boxes still come with a
simple folded page certificate.
Fifth is us!
Most GroundStrike Collectibles Limoges boxes come wrapped in white
tissue inside a one-piece fold-up cardboard box (larger Limoges boxes
come in two-piece boxes). The cardboard box is glossy deep green,
with the GroundStrike Collectibles trademark logo printed in gold.
The certificate of authenticity is a simple folded page.
Finally, there’s the
presentation. Now don’t get me wrong: the Chamart Limoges
boxes are some of the highest quality, unique boxes available… but
frankly, their presentation is not up to par with their Limoges boxes.
The Limoges box is wrapped loosely in bubble wrap and included in a
one-piece fold-up cardboard box (larger Limoges boxes come in two-piece
boxes). The cardboard box is matte white with “Chamart” printed in
dark blue on the top. The certificate is a simple folded page.
We often rewrap Chamart Limoges boxes in tissue to give them a little
more protection during shipping.
Please keep in mind
that some boxes don’t come as described above. For example, large
Rochard boxes come in two-piece fold-up boxes. Also, Artoria’s
previous color scheme was a gray box with a white top, and many of their
boxes still come that way. Ultimately, remember, you should buy a
for the Limoges box and not for its packaging!
As usual, for those of
you that made it through all my verbiage… here’s the “You Made it to
Here” reward! With Christmas only a few days away as I write this,
you’re going to need
Express Mail to get your order in time for Christmas… so for orders
over $100, we’ll provide
a free upgrade to Express Mail! Instead of the usual $18
Express Mail fee, we’ll charge only $7 for orders between $100 and $249.
Orders over $250 will get Express Mail for
Just select “Express Mail” in the shopping cart when you complete your
order. This offer applies only to in-stock items shipped to US
addresses, purchased online between Monday, Dec. 17 and Saturday, Dec.
22 at 10:00 AM CST.
other discounts DO apply!
Again, we’d like to
wish you and your family “Merry Christmas”, “Happy Chanukah”, “Joyous
Kwanzaa”, or a good old generic “Have a wonderful holiday season!”
Sam and Susan Juliano
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