This stunning inkstand contains housing for two inkwells and dates to c.1910. The colors are classic Quimper – with blues and yellows dancing on a white background. The front of the piece shows a yellow haired Breton walking across a field with his cane. The back shows the fluer-de-lis. The beveled backing allows for handsome ornamentation. The piece is marked. There are some minor chips at various points, particularly around the border and rim of the inkwells (see photos).
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: 8 ½ in (21.5 cm)
W: 4 7/8 in (12.4 cm)
H: 4 3/8 in (11 cm)