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Quimper Pottery

A town with origins that date back to the days of ancient Rome, Quimper has been a hub of pottery in Brittany, in northwestern France, for generations. Quimper pottery is particularly renowned for its fascinating faience pieces, which dazzle the eye with glistening glazes that originated centuries ago.

One of the earliest ceramists in Quimper was Pierre Bousquet, a native of Marseille who visited the northern French town and immediately realized its potential. Setting up shop in Quimper in the early years of the 18th century, Bousquet soon found a captivated clientele for his stoneware pieces, so much so that Bousquet was able to expand production in the following years to include offerings with a faience finish.

By the close of the 19th century, Bousquet's original factory had evolved into the Grand Maison company, and by the dawn of the century following, more ceramic companies had blossomed in the region, securing Quimper's status as a landmark in French ceramic history. Today, pieces from the region, particularly Quimper faience pottery, are celebrated by collectors when they are discovered in excellent condition, in part because these vessels are so closely tied to the history of Brittany.


Quick Facts

  • Quimper pieces from 1870 to 1930 are the most coveted, as pieces made prior are thought to be too utilitarian, and pieces following incorporated more streamlined production and thus lack earlier handmade refinement
  • One pottery company, HB-Henriot, still functioning in Quimper today can trace its heritage back to the days of Bousquet: Jules Henriot, who opened his factory doors in the late 18th century, was a former employee of the Grand Maison, Bousquet's corporate grandchild
  • The gold and blue pattern often seen on Quimper pieces is known as "Breton Broderie," as it was derived from traditional embroidery in Brittany

Recommended Items at Auction

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(2pc) Quimper France Porcelain Cup & Figure
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
(2pc) Quimper France Porcelain Cup & Figure
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
Henriot Quimper Porcelain Figural Grouping
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Henriot Quimper Porcelain Figural Grouping
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$1501 Bid
PORQUIER-BEAU QUIMPER LIDDED BOX
Dec 04, 10:30 AM EST
PORQUIER-BEAU QUIMPER LIDDED BOX
by Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $100- $200
$600 Bids
HENRIOT QUIMPER DECOR RICHE JARDINIERE
Dec 04, 10:30 AM EST
HENRIOT QUIMPER DECOR RICHE JARDINIERE
by Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $200- $400
$1200 Bids
(15pc) HB QUIMPER TEA & COFFEE SERVICE SET
Dec 04, 10:30 AM EST
(15pc) HB QUIMPER TEA & COFFEE SERVICE SET
by Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $200- $400
$1200 Bids
GROUPING QUIMPER BOWL OTHERS
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
GROUPING QUIMPER BOWL OTHERS
by D. L. Straight Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
PAUL FOUILLEN FOR QUIMPER POTTERY VASE
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
PAUL FOUILLEN FOR QUIMPER POTTERY VASE
by Capsule Gallery Auction
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
Lot of 4 Quimper HB Pottery
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
Lot of 4 Quimper HB Pottery
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $80- $800
$800 Bids
Pair of Quimper Salt and Pepper Shakers
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
Pair of Quimper Salt and Pepper Shakers
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
Set of 5 Painted Quimper Portrait Plates.
Dec 03, 11:00 AM CST
Set of 5 Painted Quimper Portrait Plates.
by Direct Auction Galleries, Inc.
Est: $150- $250
$400 Bids
Pair QUIMPER Pottery Horse Candlesticks, France
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Pair QUIMPER Pottery Horse Candlesticks, France
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $60- $140
$10 Bids
Quimper Hand Painted Tureen, France
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Quimper Hand Painted Tureen, France
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $175
$10 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Quimper Pottery


Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC

Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Fontaine's Auction Gallery

Fontaine's Auction Gallery