Mint, sealed deck of cards made by Heron, c.1987, one of a series of decks published by Diouris and called, “Editions le Diouris.” The title of this deck is “Jeu des Faienceries de Quimper,” and the Aces and court cards feature plates with scenes/persons of Breton country life that are the designs traditionally used in Quimper pottery.
The major Quimper pottery factory today is the HB Henriot factory. A brief description of Quimper pottery and the history of the Henriot factory can be found at the Henriot website:
“The handpainted French faience known as Quimper Pottery, pronounced ‘kem-pair’ has been manufactured in Quimper a town in Brittany, France for over 300 years. The pottery adopted its name from the town of Quimper where potter Jean-Baptist Bousquet built his kilns in the Quimper area of Locmaria in 1699 and was given a royal manufacturing license by King Louis XIV. Although the area of Locmaria in Quimper has been associated with pottery as far back as the Gallo-Roman era, Bousquet is credited with being the founder of 'Quimper Pottery'.
“In 1776, a rival factory was founded followed by a third pottery factory in 1778. During these early times, the artists painted with their fingers creating very simple floral patterns. It was not until the late 1800's that the beloved Breton country life featuring the French Peasants in their traditional garbs became associated with 'Quimper Pottery'.
“By the early 1900's two major factories operating in Quimper merged to form The Henriot factory. The original Bousquet factory was sold and retained the name Grande Maison HB. In 1968, Henriot and HB merged.
“Today, The Henriot Faiencerie continues the tradition producing the traditional patterns featuring the Breton figures as well as many new more modern designs. The superbly talented resident artists at Henriot still hand-craft every piece of Quimper Pottery. Historically, the Quimper factories hosted artists in their studios which continues to this day. Quimper pieces are still produced from casts and works by major artists who have created works for the various Quimper factories, including Berthe Savigny, Louis Henri Nicot, R. Michaeu Vernez, Rene Quillivic, Beau & Porquier & George Robin. In addition, contemporary artists, such as Paul Moal and Loïc Bodin continue to work with Henriot.
“Each piece of Quimper China is completely handmade and painstakingly hand-painted. Each piece of Quimper china is unique. One artist handpaints each piece from start to finish. Each piece is then initialed by the artists and marked Henriot to ensure its authenticity.”
I believe that the deck has 52 cards, plus at least 2 Jokers, plus an insert card in French that describes the deck and is visible through the wrapper.. The suit symbols have interior fleur de lis type designs in white. The cards are wide, measuring 90mm x 63mm, and come in the original box.
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