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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

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HB QUIMPER POTTERY CHARGER, DESIGN BY PAUL FOUILLEN
Mar 05, 6:00 PM CST
HB QUIMPER POTTERY CHARGER, DESIGN BY PAUL FOUILLEN
by Dallas Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$503 Bids
QUIMPER POTTERY WATER PITCHER BY PORQUIER BEAU
Mar 05, 6:00 PM CST
QUIMPER POTTERY WATER PITCHER BY PORQUIER BEAU
by Dallas Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2003 Bids
QUIMPER POTTERY DECORATIVE PLATE BY PORQUIER BEAU
Mar 05, 6:00 PM CST
QUIMPER POTTERY DECORATIVE PLATE BY PORQUIER BEAU
by Dallas Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$501 Bid
QUIMPER POTTERY DECORATIVE PLATE BY PORQUIER BEAU
Mar 05, 6:00 PM CST
QUIMPER POTTERY DECORATIVE PLATE BY PORQUIER BEAU
by Dallas Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$501 Bid
DB QUIMPER POTTERY SERVING BOWL BY PORQUIER BEAU
Mar 05, 6:00 PM CST
DB QUIMPER POTTERY SERVING BOWL BY PORQUIER BEAU
by Dallas Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$501 Bid
PAIR OF HR QUIMPER POTTERY VASES
Mar 05, 6:00 PM CST
PAIR OF HR QUIMPER POTTERY VASES
by Dallas Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $300
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A Quimper French faience bowl
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A Quimper French faience bowl
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Est: £70- £100
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QUIMPER POTTERY DECORATIVE PLATE BY PORQUIER BEAU
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QUIMPER POTTERY DECORATIVE PLATE BY PORQUIER BEAU
by Dallas Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
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French Henriot Quimper Jardiniere / Cache Pot
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
French Henriot Quimper Jardiniere / Cache Pot
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $40- $80
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Two Henriot Quimper 6 Well Oyster Plates
Mar 06, 6:00 PM EST
Two Henriot Quimper 6 Well Oyster Plates
by Market Auctions Inc.
Est: $50- $75
$250 Bids
QUIMPER POTTERY FISH PLATTER
Mar 05, 6:00 PM CST
QUIMPER POTTERY FISH PLATTER
by Dallas Auction Gallery
Est: $600- $800
$500 Bids
QUIMPER POTTERY FISH GRAVY BOAT
Mar 05, 6:00 PM CST
QUIMPER POTTERY FISH GRAVY BOAT
by Dallas Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
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Three Henriot Quimper 6 Well Oyster Plates
Mar 06, 6:00 PM EST
Three Henriot Quimper 6 Well Oyster Plates
by Market Auctions Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$250 Bids
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French Faience Quimper Oyster Plate
Mar 06, 6:00 PM EST
French Faience Quimper Oyster Plate
by Market Auctions Inc.
Est: $50- $75
$250 Bids
PR HB QUIMPER CIRCULAR FAIENCE VASES
Mar 16, 1:00 PM EDT
PR HB QUIMPER CIRCULAR FAIENCE VASES
by Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $200
$800 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Quimper Pottery


Dallas Auction Gallery

Dallas Auction Gallery

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Market Auctions Inc.

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Martel Maides

Premier Auction Galleries

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