The rooster is the national emblem of France so it is fitting that this rural French pottery would make a snuff bottle with this symbol. Faïence snuff bottles were designed to be very affordable. Due to their diminutive size they were also easy to carry home in pockets and purses as souvenirs of a trip to Brittany. The faïence snuffs became very popular as tokens of affection and friendship. Thus the heart- shaped form and little books with crowing roosters inscribed with the phrase "Quand ce coq chantera, mon amour finira" (when this rooster crows, my love will end).
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.
L: 2 3/4 in (7 cm)
W: 2 in (5 cm)
H: 7/8 in (2.2 cm)