This adorable baby is dressed in folk Breton attire. The child is going through a book (“reading”) with a cracker in hand. Brown pants, a greenish-blue dress with a simple, red tri-dot pattern match the child’s white cap with red dots. The piece is signed by Berthe Savigny was born in C1882 and specialized in creating figures of Quimper babies.
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: 5 in (12.7 cm)
French Faience Quimper Baby by Savigny