You are in for a treat today touring my neighbors kitchen. She collects Quimper Pottery and this is just one set of shelves.
Meet my neighbor, Sally.
Sally designed her kitchen when she built her house with her Quimper collection in mind.
Sally's collection began when a Secret Santa partner gave her a reproduction Quimper plate around 1990.Some interesting facts about Quimper : The pronunciation of Quimper is kem-pair or kam-pair.
Quimper pottery has a long history. Tin glazed, hand painted pottery has been made in Quimper, France, since the late seventeenth century. Most of the early pieces are unmarked. The earliest firm, founded in 1685 by Jean Baptiste Bousquet, was known as HB Quimper. Another firm, founded in 1772 by Francois Eloury, was known as Porquier. The third firm, founded by Guillaume Dumaine in 1778, was known as HR or Henriot Quimper. All three firms made similar pottery decorated with designs of Breton peasants and sea and flower motifs. The Eloury( Porquier) and Dumaine (Henriot) firms merged in 1913. Bousquet(HB) merged with the others in 1968. The group was sold to a United States family in 1984. More changes followed, and in 2011 Jean-Pierre Le Goff became the owner and the name was changed to Henriot-Quimper. The French firm has been called Societe Nouvelle des Faienceries de Quimper HB Henriot since March 1984. Pottery was made in Quipmer when the city was part of the Roman Empire, long before-tin-glazed pottery was being made. Source - Kovels.com
I am not an authority on Quimper and the more I study the more I find there is to learn. I googled history of Quimper pottery and I found a lengthy NY times article written in 1986 that explained the details of the sale of the french company to an american couple from Stonington, Connecticut. It's history is quite complicated and I do not know it's current status. Feel free to jump in and share any knowledge you have.
This book of Sally's about Quimper Pottery was helpful in this post.
This french faience oyster plate on the shelf is one of Sally's favorites.
The clay dolls with fabric clothing on the shelf are called " santons" which means "little saints." They are from the Provence region bought in Aix and were gifts from a relative. The french doctor was appropriate since Sally's husband is a doctor. Sally feels the clay dolls add to the feel of the Quimper.
Biniou means bagpipe in the Breton language. The man appears to be playing a bombarde and the lady the bagpipes.
Notice the inkwell on the top shelf which really deserved a close up picture.
Japanese Majolica are favorite companions to Sally's Quimper.
A favorite piece of Sally's is this quintal, or five fingered vase, banded in the middle with the interesting ziz zag pattern. She likes the unusual color of the vase and the man's costume are also not the usual colors.
Lovely fish plates with Breton man and Bretonne with intricate detailing.
The Breton man on this basket is playing a bombarde which is a woodwind instrument used to play traditional Breton music.
I am fascinated with the old french costumes. The colorful puffy pants worn by the men are called bragoubraz and the ladies wear high starched coiffes or headdresses. I found this information and some of the other terms used in this post in the book, Quimper Pottery by Ann Marie O'Neil.