Saturday, 19 September 2009

The French Connection

Susan and Sarah, Co-chairs of the QCI 10th Anniversary Meeting

Since the 1680s there has always been a bit of French influence in Texas, and believe me there is no shortage of Francophiles living in this state. QCI is set to celebrate its 10th Anniversary Meeting this year as members gather in Dallas, TX, October 21-25 for this exciting event.
Four fun-filled days are planned: from the traditional "Meet and Greet" the night of arrival, to art filled days and antique shopping, to intimate visits of private faience collections, to the annual meeting, faience sale, and farewell banquet with lively auction.

Co-founders, Lucy and Katie, at the First QCI Meeting in Santa Monica, CA 1999

On Friday, four Dallas members will open their homes and share the unique charm of their individual collections. Members will see beautiful Quimper as well as pieces of Malicorne, CA, and much more.
Midday, attendees will enjoy the ambiance of one member's lovely home and gardens and picnic amongst a charming collection of Porquier Beau. Guest speakers will present informal presentations on "The Art of the French Table" and "The Biniou and Bombarde and Quimper Faience." Click here to visit French Affaires, a web site and weekly newsletter of one of our Friday speakers.

French Members and Professional Auctioneers Lend a Hand
for a Charity Auction at a Previous QCI Annual Meeting

The 10th Anniversary Annual Meeting will get underway Saturday morning. Club member and renown author, Millicent M, will present on "Breton Folk Tales on Quimper Plates by Alfred Beau" and club member, Anne S will present on "France, the Two World Wars, and Quimper Faience."
Both of these informative and photo filled presentations will relate to the fine faience collection that members will tour on Sunday morning after a delightful brunch hosted by Pierre Deux. Brunch will also include a talk on "The Textiles of Provence" and private shopping opportunity at Pierre Deux's beautiful shop in the Dallas Design Center.

Miniature of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Texas

There is still time to register for this exciting meeting.
Registration forms must be post marked by September 25 to avoid a late registration fee, and in order to receive the QCI group discount of $129 per night/double, hotel reservations must be made by September 30.
Meeting details, airport shuttle and taxi information and a list of restaurants close to the hotel can all be found on the Members Only page of the QCI web site.
If you are not yet a member of QCI, we welcome new members. See the sidebar for a special offer for new members. We'd love to see you in Dallas!


  1. It's going to be a great meeting, I'm really looking forward to it :-)

  2. What fun this is going to be~ As a registered, bona fide Francophile, I will love everything French..from the faïence to the decors to the food..and not to mention the PEOPLE themselves.
    Great blogs! Thank you!