This breathtaking decorative plate shows a seaside landscape. A Breton father carries a fishing net over his shoulders as he stands with his son who is about to put a toy sailboat into the sea. Meanwhile, two sailboats sail off into the distance as the two lone figures stand on the rocky Atlantic coast. An ornate golden yellow laurel pattern and geometric zig-zag pattern create a gorgeous border. The back of the plate is marked.
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. While Quimper itself is some miles from the coast, it is physically connected to the sea by the Odet River. Economically, the sea has played a major role in the region for centuries and is thus a fitting subject for this Quimper plate.
D: 11 3/4 in (30 cm)