It is very rare to find a ceramic Quimper inkwell with pewter ornamentation. The sides of the inkwell are ceramic and depict a Breton and French countryside flora. The housing is made of pewter, including where the ink would be stored. Three slots exist on the sides in order to hold writing quills. The piece is marked on the bottom. The floral finial completes this truly unique piece of Quimper Pottery.
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.
D: 4 7/8 in (12.4 cm)
H: 4 ¾ in (12 cm)