Friday, 20 August 2010
Stroll along the seashore with Sandra B.
So let’s use our imagination and step into the shoreline scene depicted on the large HB Quimper platter shown below.
Let’s stroll along the seashore together with the Breton sailors and feel the warm sand between our toes. The tidal waters of the bay lap against the shore and leave treasures for us to examine and explore. As we do so, we notice some seashells which have washed up along the beach. Could they be actually made of faience?
Of course! We are on an imaginary tour and as faience collectors, what else could they be made of, if not French pottery?
Along the tide line amidst the seaweed we first stoop to pick up a little nautilus shell.. It is spotted, speckled and sponged with the colors of the ocean. What an interesting form indeed. It is rare to find this Porquier species of seashell laying in the sand.
As we wander along the shore, another HR shell captures our attention. We bend over inquisitively and pick up a periwinkle. Now this is a real rarity. A delight and a true treasure.... escargot for lunch anyone?