Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Pierre Deux and a Magnificent Collection

Sunday morning, our final Quimper Club meeting day, we all piled into the bus for a trip to Pierre Deux, the wonderful shop that sells everything French Country. The manager briefed us on the history of the Provencal fabrics. They originated in India and became so popular in 18th century France that the government outlawed them since they took away from their wool and silk trade! Of course this made the them even more desirable so they were smuggled in, and eventually became legal again.

The members had a great time being immersed in French decorating.

Gay S and Trudi E in the lighting section.

Betty G and Lucy W ponder the new Quimper style on display.

Then we were off to view the last, and most magnificent, private collection. The theme was Christmas in the grand entrance, with a Christmas tree decorated in Quimper wall pockets and eggs.

The house was large and gracious, with lighted cabinets everywhere displaying large and unusual pieces. There were entire cabinets of CA and PB, as well as table settings and unique pieces displayed prominently, such as this magnificent lion.

The dining room was set with a beautiful three section display stand covered in flowers.

The front hall displayed unique and stunning pieces on shelving with mirrored backs so we could see the marks.

This piece was modeled after a foot warmer!

The kitchen displayed multiple shelves and cabinets of a huge variety of styles, makers, and eras and the table was set for a country luncheon.

Everywhere we looked we found even more surprises!

And an entire cabinet of CA pieces.

The garden was tranquil and was composed of several outdoor "rooms" and a wonderful lion head water spout and pool, surrounded by lemon trees.

Susie K, Ann S and Diane R enjoy the paneled study.

Trisha J and Karen in the outdoor patio.

Susan was crowned at the end of the day for her wonderful hosting and organizing, with Sarah A's help of course!

We were very grateful to Beverly for opening her house to us for the afternoon.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Lovers Lane and the Final Collection........by Trisha and Melissa.

After a lovely lunch, we headed off to Lovers Lane Antique Markets to see club members La T and her sister Patsy McD and shop their wares.

Then it was off to see the Ann S's collection.

Many thanks to Ann and her husband for opening their home to us.

A beautiful Normand manse awaited us when the bus arrived.

Ann's collection focuses on Ivoire Corbeille that goes so well with her collection of Black Forest antiques and tartanware.

A game of boules, anyone?

A phenomenal Porquier-Beau jardiniere.

A Desvres wolf's head jardiniere.

Many thanks to our Dallas Memebers for opening their home to us.
Saturday will be the club meeting, sale and dinner.
Trisha & Melissa

A Porquier-Beau Picnic..........by Trisha and Melissa.

Twila greets us at her lovely home. Club members were treated to a lovely picnic and two lectures.
Elizabeth New spoke to us about the art of the French table.

A beautiful collection of Porquier and HR pieces in the sitting room.

One of a pair of Alfred beau figures that were a find from the LaBaule meeting in 2007.

Each of our hostesses was asked to decorate for a holiday with their Quimper. This is a lovely Valentine's day place setting.

Club member Kathleen T has a doctorate in organ music and is an accomplished musician and choir director. She studied in Paris in 1955, spending the summer with her organ teacher in Bretagne. This sparked a love affair with Breton instruments and Quimper pottery. She talked to us about these instruments and how they are depicted, often comically, in Quimper pieces. It was a delightful presentation that everyone really enjoyed.

A lovely picnic of chicken salad, pimento cheese, and PBJ sandwiches was prepared by the Dallas QCI members.
Trisha and Melissa