The history of the fine porcelain now known as “Limoges” begins with kaolin, the pure, soft white clay first discovered in China. This clay retains its pure white color when fired. Before they discovered the pure white clay, the Chinese used sandstone/stoneware. Marco Polo was one of the first Europeans to see porcelain; he named it after very white and translucent shell. Vasco de Gama brought back the first porcelain objects to Europe in the fifteenth century

When a collector really loves the art and artifacts of the twentieth century, and focuses on a certain category of collectible or a time period within which to concentrate, quite often it is the Art Deco period which excites him the most. For those of you who agree, let me assure you that you are not alone! There is wonderful furniture, great art, magnificent architecture, and stellar fashions and jewelry from that period. 
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Derived from the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs Industriels et Modernes which was held in Paris, Art Deco celebrated living in the modern world. Today, “Art Deco” is used to refer to a mix of styles from the 1920s and 1930s. The Art Deco style infused the everyday world with an elegant style of cool sophistication. 

source: thewisecollector.com

The Box I have on sale on eBay is a product of the Art Deco Period produce and hand painted by the Michelaud  Porcelain Factory, it is a Hand Decorated piece of Limoges Porcelain from that Factory in France.  It measures approximately 6 1/2 inches long, about 5 inches wide and is just over 3 inches tall at the tallest point of the box lid.  It is a fabulous trinket box and I hate to let it go but needs must.

It was probably designed to be a cigarette box and  my SCHIMMELPINNENCK cheroots fit in it perfectly

It has several flaws on the hand painted exterior and it appears that the factory hand painted design was never finished as I would have expected some gold leaf outline of the design

Still it is an wonderful piece and was appraised at $100 (flaws & all) or actually just a little over and that was more than two years ago by an on-line appraiser.

Michelaud can be researched further at this following site:  frenchporcelaine.com/Pages/Deco/MakersM/Michelaud/MichelaudPage.htm

Shipping will be $25 and there are not returns accepted

Thank you for looking at my auction

http://www.ebay.com/itm/252660001512?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

~~dru~~