Thursday, 15 October 2009
The Joys of Geometrics
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I think one of the most whimsical and joyful patterns of Quimper are the geometrics.
The geometrics patterns have been found as early as the mid-1800's. They were rarely signed and the backs sometimes showed the 3 prong marks of the kiln seats, and were sometimes unglazed, such as with this simple plate.
Later in the 1930's they became more sophisticated in styling and pattern. The most colorful in my collection is this lovely floral plate marked HR Quimper.
Many patterns of florals outlined with rings and borders, sprays and graphic patterned balls.
My favorite plates are the ones called "sun plates" with a very obvious sun face in the middle. Some faces are happy, dubious, sad or enigmatic.
The tennis ball pattern, seen in some of the biberons posted last week, is also prevelant with pitchers.
A very nice pitcher by Henriot Quimper has lots of blues and yellows,
whereas another marked Henriot Quimper France is full of sunny yellows.
One of my most wonderful finds on eBay was this striking tall geometric pitcher. I found out it was being offered by someone I knew (but I did not know their sellers name)!
These two charming creamers have lots of petterns and colors and are a delight to use on Sunday mornings or tea with friends.
So, you can see there are a variety of patterns, colors, and styles of geometrics, all of which make me smile!