Saturday 1 March 2014

Exciting news... new blog for QCI members and collectors to share

I've some exciting news to share this morning.
Even though this blog was "retired" several years ago it does continue to receive visits from all around the world with over 1400 page views this year so far.
Seems Quimper addicts just won't quit in the search for info about their favourite collectible.

I had thought that it would be simple to resurrect lovequimper formerly the Quimper International blog but that has proved to be a little more complicated than first thought.
Have you heard the Woody Allen saying
"If you want to make God laugh tell him your plans"?
Losing our followers or our place in the search engine listings was something else to avoid and so I devised Plan B.

There is now a new place for QCI members and faience collectors to get together, the QCI Members Blog
Check it out for details of the 2014 annual meeting to be held in Nice, France September 11-15, and extra info about others things to do in the area.
Don't forget to leave a comment to let us know you've visited the blog and if you feel inspired and would like add a blog post of your own simply email us and we'll get you started.
Click on this link to go to the QCI website and join the Club to share this amazing travel experience with like minded collectors.

Don't forget to add the link to your bookmarks bar so you'll always be able to find

Friday 6 April 2012

Change of name

Just popped in to let you know that due to a possible copyright conflict over the name of the blog (formerly QCI Blog, latterly Collecting Quimper) the blog has been renamed love quimper?
Only the name has changed, the content remains the same and will still provide a "one of a kind" resource for all lovers of french pottery.
Quimper Club news: In the upcoming issue of Le Journal, the club's newsletter, lovers of Malicorne faience will find much of interest!

Here's a Malicorne mosiac that I created to whet your appetite.

May I take this opportunity to wish all our followers a Happy Easter 
and say a big thank you for your continued support.

Saturday 22 October 2011

A Witchy - Halloween Sunday Favourites Rerun.

Chari @Happy to Design graciously offers us each week the opportunity of reprising a blog written weeks, months or in some cases years ago.
This allows new visitors to our blog to discover even more about the QCI.
This week a post created by Sarah (Hyacinths For The Soul) for Halloween 2010.

It's October and soon to be time for witches in the air.

19th Century Quimper Plate Marked HB Only
Photo Courtesy of Lucy Williams

Some may think that Quimper faience was painted only to depict the familiar Breton folk, but take a look above at this 19th century plate from HB. Not only is the shape of this plate unusual and charming, it is painted with the whimsy of a gaggle of witches on broomstick flying across the sky.

19th Century Quimper Plate Marked HB Quimper
Photo Courtesy of Lucy Williams
This plate is thought to depict the
infamous witch in the
story of Hansel and Gretel.

I find the vivid colors and the interesting border to be perfect for the Autumn season.

19th Century French Faience Plate
Photo Courtesy of Maggie @ Normandy Life

I don't have specific information to share on this plate.
It was an auction item some years ago at a French Auction.

Detail of 19th Century French Faience Plate
Photo Courtesy of Maggie @ Normandy Life

It's a perfect plate for Halloween with its flying bats, a witch on broomstick, and a winged devil.

Faïencerie d'Art Breton Witch Plates
Photo Courtesy of Brittany Byways

As you can see, witches on Quimper pottery go back to HB production at the end of the 19th century. The two charmers above are plates currently produced by Faïencerie d'Art Breton
 and feature witches from the era of the original HB production of these plates.

10" Faïencerie d'Art Breton Witch Plate With Jack-O-Lantern Border
Photo Courtesy of Brittany Byways
The plates are scalloped, and the decor is on a white background
 that is not as blue as it looks in these photos.

10" Faïencerie d'Art Breton Witch Plate With Ghost Border
Photo Courtesy of Brittany Byways

Each is pierced for hanging,
but wouldn't they be fun for a special Halloween tablescape?

Linking Sarah's wonderful Witchy post also
 to Seasonal Sundays # 71 
with The Tablescaper

Happy Halloween!

Sunday 4 September 2011

Motto plates

Are you a member of the Quimper Club International, do you have a plate or plates similar to these?
Inscribed with a motto or saying?

Then the Editorial Board of the QCI Journal needs you!

A special article is planned to appear in the December issue of the Journal, featuring these interesting plates, and more photographs (and information about them) are urgently needed.

Please email if you can help.
Merci beaucoup,
The Ed Board.

Sunday 21 August 2011

Phillipe Lalys Limited Edition Bombard

Musical instruments in faïence are part of the grand tradition of French faïence. Artist-faïencier Philippe Lalys, former artistic director of HB-Henriot, has created a fabulous bombard (a woodwind, member of the oboe family) in pottery, whose decor reflects Philippe's affinity for the decors of Alfred Beau!

Les instruments de musique en faïence font partie de la grande tradition de la faïence française. Artiste faïencier Philippe Lalys, ancien directeur artistique de HB-Henriot a créé une bombarde merveilleuse en faïence, dont le décor montre son affinité pour les oeuvres d'Alfred Beau !

This splendid instrument measures 31cm high (about 12-1/2") and is 8cm (a little more than 3") in diameter across the opening. It features korrigans on the inside and three different talabarders around the outside. The length of the bombard is decorated in a décor riche pattern, and Breton motifs are found around the top and the bottom. The bombard is being produced in a limited edition of 12 (approximately one-month delay production time), and the price is 750 euros.

Cet instrument fait 31cm hauteur et 8cm diamètre à l'ouverture en bas. Des korrigans se trouvent à l'intérieur et trois différents talabarders jouent autour du bas. La longueur de la bombarde est décorée avec des rinceaux, et les motifs bretons se trouvent autour. La bombarde sera réalisée en édition limitée de 12 (avec un délai autour d'un mois), et le prix est 750 euros.

NOTE: The bombard will be on display at the annual meeting of the Quimper Club in Quimper next month!
A NOTER : La bombarde sera exposée à l'Assemblée Générale du Quimper Club à Quimper le mois prochain !

Click here and here to see more about this wonderful artist currently producing superb faience items in Brittany.
Many thanks to Brittany Byways for supplying the this information.

Saturday 6 August 2011

Quimper factory news.


HB-Henriot has been sold to Jean-Pierre LeGoff, who has major plans for its restructuring and development.
In the last few weeks, the Quimper newspapers have been full of news about the future of Quimper pottery and its manufacture. The business court, which handled the receivership and sale of the business, announced the reduction of personnel from 50 to 26 people.
M. LeGoff announced immediately that his strategy included promoting the high quality of the product, continuing the tradition of hand-painted, and working with designers and artists.

At the end of July, M. LeGoff, citing a wish to modernize the image of the pottery and to associate it with the name of the city, announced the new name and mark of the Quimper pottery manufacture: Henriot-Quimper.

And this week, it was "an extraordinary day", in the words of Jean-Yves Verlingue, former CEO of the HB and then HB-Henriot manufacture, and later partner in the Faïencerie d'Art Breton (founded in 1994). The partner stockholders of the FAB gave their full support to M. LeGoff as he announced the purchase of the FAB, thereby consolidating the manufacture and the future of Quimper pottery under one management structure.

A very exciting moment in the history of Quimper pottery - we look forward to seeing what's new from Henriot-Quimper!!

Comme nous vous avons dit il y a un mois, HB-Henriot a été vendu à Jean-Pierre Le Goff, qui a un programme important pour sa restructuration et son développement. Depuis, les journaux quimperois ont beaucoup parlé de l'avenir de la faïence de Quimper et sa manufacture. Le Tribunal de Commerce, qui a géré le redressement judiciaire et la vente de l'entreprise, a annoncé la réduction du personnel de 50 à 26. M. LeGoff a indiqué tout de suite que sa stratégie comprend la promotion de la qualité du produit, l'importance de continuer la tradition "peint main", et un travail avec des designers.

A la fin de juillet, M. LeGoff, indiquant un souhait de moderniser l'image de la faïence et de l'associer avec le nom de la ville, a annoncé le nouveau nom et la marque de la manufacture de faïence de Quimper : Henriot-Quimper.

Et cette semaine, c'était "une journée extraordinaire", selon Jean-Yves Verlingue, ancien PDG d'HB et ensuite HB-Henriot, et après associé dans la Faïencerie d'Art Breton (fondée en 1994). Tous les associés de la FAB ont donné leur soutien complet à M. LeGoff quand il a annoncé le rachat de la FAB, dont le résultat est une consolidation de la manufacture et de l'avenir de la faïence de Quimper sous une direction.
Un moment très important dans l'histoire de la faïence de Quimper - nous attendons avec intérêt les nouveautés de Henriot-Quimper !!

Many thanks to Judy D @ Brittany Byways for this report.

Monday 27 June 2011

Upcoming Morlaix Auction

Last week we received our advance copy of the catalogue from Dupont Commissaires Priseurs, Morlaix for their summer auction of all things Quimper.
The date: Monday 4th July.
The time: 2.00 p.m.

For more information click here to go to their website.