This gorgeous vase is a sight to behold. Here the standard peasant style of Quimper mixes with a luxurious design on a massive scale. Beaded cartouches of shells match beaded birds and lines that run across the piece. These pinks and turqoises and yellows dance on a royal blue background. Leaves of similar texture also adorn the piece. The brown base, handles, and finial remind one of the earthy nature of village life. It is signed at the bottom. All of these features join to create a towering presence in any room. This extraordinary ceramic covered vase adds sophistication to any space. This would make a great piece for any Quimper collection. It dates to c. 1920.
The tin-glazed hand painted French faience known as Quimper Pottery (pronounced “cam-pair” has been manufactured in Quimper, a town in Brittany, France, for over 300 years. Although the area has been associated with pottery as far back as the Gallo-Roman era, Jean Baptiste Bousquet is credited with being the founder of Quimper Pottery. Bousquet built his kilns in the vicinity in 1685 and was given a royal manufacturing license by King Louis XIV. Since that time, Quimper has been highly collectible and is known around the world for its French countryside style of pottery.
H: 21 in (53.3 cm)
Rare French Faience Quimper Pottery Ornate Covered Handled Vase