Thursday, 18 February 2010

Q & A Friday

In the previous post Carolyn told us about her blue rooster and how she restored it to glory.
Here's a little postscript and a question for Q & A Friday.

If this rooster looks familiar to some of you, he is pictured on page 32 of Joan Datesman's book, "Collecting Quimper". In it, she describes it as a CA rooster pitcher. The color pattern is different from mine but it is of the same mold. My rooster is marked AK. I would greatly appreciate any and all information as to his origin and history.


  1. That looks like a Delft mark to me, possibly an artist mark rather than a factory mark ?

  2. I agree with Gay. It does look like a Delft mark, and I know that at times some Desvres pieces were made to imitiate Delft pieces..complete with the mark of the Delft makers. I have ginger jars with Delft marks, which I know are Desvres. Perhaps this is a Desvres maker, or perhaps CA did some Delft reproductions too..though I see nothing but color to suggest Delft to me in your strong Rooster! Interesting puzzles!

  3. I think you are right Cerelle, this wouldn't be the first time that Desvres have resurected an older genuine mark from another pottery.(in this case Delft)
    I'm trying to rack my brain, but I think I may have seen some of the little blue and white Desvres animals with a similar mark.

  4. This is the mark of the Kocks factory, a Delft factory, either Adriaen Kocks (1687-1701) or Pieter Adriaen'z Kocks (1701-1703). See C'est du Desvres by François Piton, p. 232. We are aware that Desvres copied many Delft pieces and marked them as Delft. I would guess that this is a Desvres copy that CA also copied, except that it looks like dark red clay was used, which I have never seen Desvres use in their copies. So my best guess is that this is a CA copy of a Delft Knocks piece. By the way, it is impossible to say that the same mold was used, unless careful measurements are made--often a factory would take a piece from another factory and produce a mold from it, but the resulting pieces would be slightly larger than the piece produced from the original mold. Laverne