Limoges Heart Boxes
New Limoges Heart Boxes have arrived at The Cottage Shop!
The heart is one of the most important organs in the human body and if it stops beating, we die. The heart represents the central wisdom of feeling. It provides us with compassion and understanding. The ancient Egyptians believed the heart was an important key to entering the afterlife. During the process of mummification, the heart was left in the body and protected by a valuable heart scarab. They also believed that the heart was the source of wisdom and memories. In Egyptian mythology, the metaphysical heart was forged from a single drop from the mother’s heart at the time of conception.
The Limoges Pink Red Hearts Telephone Box is painted in a light pink with red hearts and includes a porcelain card with the message I Called to Say I Love You.
The Limoges Roses and Gold Heart Shopping Bag Box is delicately painted in red roses with green leaves and includes a porcelain gold heart hanging in the center.
The heart shape has been a national symbol for love and affection for centuries. The origin of how this shape became an iconic pictogram has fueled many theories. One theory is that it is derived from the shape of ivy leaves. Ivy leaves represent eternity, fidelity and strong affection. Other theories contend that the heart shape was modeled after parts of the human anatomy such as the breasts or buttocks. The most unusual theory involves the Silphium plant. The ancient Greeks and Romans used the Silphium plant as an early form of birth control. Literature written by ancient writers and poets often praised the plant for its contraceptive powers. The Silphium became so popular that it was cultivated into extinction. The seedpod of the Silphium resembled our modern day Valentine’s heart. Silphium trade was so popular in the ancient city of Cyrene that they put the heart shape on their money.
The Limoges Couple on Heart Box with Gold Heart is romantic and would make a great addition to any collection!
The Limoges Love Letter with Two Hearts Box is painted with small red and gold hearts and has a crafted double heart clasp.
In the 2nd century, Galen described the heart as the source of the body’s innate heart. In the 4th century, philosopher Aristotle described the heart as having three chambers with a small dent in the middle. In the Middle Ages, scientists and artists attempted to draw representations of the heart based these ancient texts. The results resembled the heart shape. In 1344, illustrator Jehan de Grise depicted the shape in his drawing “The Heart Offering” which was included in The Romance of Alexander. The popularity of this shape grew during the Renaissance. The heart shape was used in religious art depicting the Sacred Heart of Christ. In Roman Catholicism, the sacred heart represents God’s love and His saving grace. In the early 15th century, France created suit marks for playing cards and made the heart shape one of the suits. Later it became a recurring symbol for Valentine’s Day and related cards.
The Limoges Queen of Hearts Card Box is beautifully painted and presents a mirrored image of the queen of hearts.
Express you love for the theater with the Limoges Ballet Slippers Paris Opera Heart Box! This item is painted with intricate details of the Paris Opera House inside.
The Limoges Black Cat on Red Hearts Box is a great item for those who love cats! The base is painted with small red hearts and it’s complete with a crafted butterfly clasp.
In Greek mythology, Eros was the god of love. In Roman mythology, Cupid was the god of love. Whoever was shot with one of his arrows would become filled with obsessive desire. The cupid depicted with a bow and arrow remains a symbol of love, desire and passion.
The Limoges Cherub on Heart with Roses Box has small wings and painted pink roses on the cherub and base.
The Limoges Cherub with Harp Box with Heart has a green painted base with pink roses and includes a porcelain heart with “be mine” written on it.