Offered for sale is a lovely cut-corner octagonal Quimper tray ca. 1922. It is elaborately decorated with a deep 1 3/8” outer border and a central seaside scene of fisherwomen and the daily fish catch being offered for sale. There is an orange stripe along the rim, inside which is a series of decorated sections including a Breton coat of arms with ermine tails in the top center and opposed by a medallion of yellow flowers and green leaves attached to a brown branch in the bottom center of the border. Radiating right and left from the crest is a narrow band of orange with a deeper orange interlocking chain decoration on each long side. Each cut corner border section has a musical instrument, a biniou (a traditional Breton bagpipe) upper left and lower right, and a recorder resting on a ribbon upper right and lower left. And the border sections between have a series of multi-colored hearts and circles against yellow seashells. The central scene has a beached boat on the left, and three sailboats on water to the right, with two women and three children, all in peasant dress, between. All are under a sky with streaks of blue. There are two baskets of fish in the very center of the tray. The woman on the left is leaning over one basket and seems to be selecting fish for purchase, and the standing woman to the right seems to be offering the fish for sale. To the left of the shopper is a young man. He probably just brought in the fish being offered for sale. Between the women is a young girl, and to the far right of this scene is a young barefoot boy holding a staff in one hand and a basket filled with vegetables in the other. Both children seem to be observing the selection of fish closely. There is an old Joan Datesman “merrywalk” label still attached to the back of the holder which shows the change in Quimper prices over the past few decades. The undecorated base is glazed and it has underglaze “HenRiot Quimper” markings from 1922. The base shows signs of light wear to be expected given its age and the upper left “cut corner” has a rough spot on its edge. Other edges show the uneven application of glaze from when the tray was made. And when lying on its back the tray is not perfectly flat, an indication that it was made for display rather than for use. There are no restorations and there is no obvious wear to this lovely piece. Please be sure to see my pictures. And, as always, additional pictures and information is available upon request.
Size: 13 1/4” Wide — side-to-side
10 1/2” High — top to bottom
1 1/4” Deep — table top to rim of tray
HenRiot Quimper Octagonal Platter, early 20th C
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