This striking Breton figure gives a glimpse of a young woman from another time. Brown hair tied in a bun is capped by a white hat and shoulder pads. She wears a religious cross which matches her blue attire. She wears a pink apron with a quadruple red dot pattern. The milk maid leans against her jug which sits on an orange, yellow, and green rock and stands upon a green base. The base reads, “Marik”, presumably the woman’s name. The bottom of the piece is marked. This would make a great piece for any Quimper collection.
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: 12 1/4 in (31.1 cm)
French Faience Quimper Pottery Young Breton Milk Maid Figure