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Volume 5  Issue 5




Quimper pottery is a tin-glazed, hand-painted pottery and has been made in Quimper, France since the late 17th century. There were three firms that made similar pottery that was decorated with Breton peasants and sea and flower motifs. The first was founded in 1685 by Jean Baptiste Bousquet and was known as "HB Quimper". The second firm was founded by Francois Eloury in 1772 and was known as "Porquier, de la Hubaudiere" (the Grand Maison). The third was founded by Guillaume Dumaine in 1778 and was known as "HR" or "Henriot Quimper". Two of the firms merged in 1913. They were Eloury (Porquier) and Dumaine (Henriot). The third firm, Bousquet (HB) merged in 1968. They were sold to an American holding company in 1984 known as Quimper Faience, Inc., located in Stonington, Connecticut. The French firm is known as Societe Nouvelle des Faienceries de Quimper HB Henriot since March, 1984.

Most of the pottery is of peasant men and women on a yellow background. In addition to dinnerware, vases, figurines, tiles, and bookends were produced. The most sought are pieces manufactured during the last quarter of the 19th century through the first quarter of the 20th century. They are considered to be superior to those made after World War I and II. The Odetta line is the only exception.

Utilitarian stoneware was also produced, which was revitalized in 1922 by the Grande Maison HB. The Odetta line was introduced at the same time period. It is in the style of Art Deco. Frequently during this time period, the name of the artist who designed the mold is included on the piece.

The price range can vary to fairly inexpensive to well over $1,000.00.

To view the many marks of Quimper Pottery Quimper Pottery

For some examples of Quimper Pottery Quimper Pottery Examples


The Town, The People, The Pottery
Schroeder's Antiques Price Guide
Kovel's Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 1991
Garage Sales & Flea Markets Annual - Third Edition


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