I always love the charm of French Quimperware, and in the Spring, I love it's bright floral patterns even more. That's why our mantel is decorated with Quimper now.
I fell in love with Quimper when I saw a display of it in a painted blue and yellow hutch in one of the first editions of Traditional Home magazine.
I began to look for it at estate sales and in flea markets and antique stores. At the time, I thought all Quimper pieces depicted the Breton (male) figure or the Bretonne (female) figure.
That was before I had access to the wealth of information on the internet. I would never have checked the back of this Quimper plate with the basket of flowers in the center.
And, although I would have thought it was charming, I wouldn't have thought to check the back of this deep yellow plate with the basket of flowers. I often how many Quimper bargains I missed before I knew that there were patterns that didn't depict the Breton and Bretonne.
However, my very smart friend, Charlie Ann, found this large Quimper floral plate at a junk store, and she had the good sense to check the back of it, and grabbed the deal of the century as a gift for me!
I probably would have purchased this cute Brenton and Bretonne salt and pepper set even if I hadn't checked the bottom to see that they were Quimper. I purchased these from my friend, Sarah at Hyacinths for the Soul.
It would never have occurred to me that this frog might be a Quimper piece, but it is.
And, when I purchased this dog at auction, I didn't even think of checking him for a Quimper stamp. Nobody bid on him, so I got him for a very low price. I later learned that he is a Quimper knife rest.
I never tire of my Quimper collection, and although I have more than enough, I still check for reasonably priced Quimper everywhere I go. I have two online sites that I often to check for sales (Country French Pottery and The Quimper Collection). I am not being compensated by either of these sites.
I hope you enjoyed seeing part of my Quimper
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