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Blue Quimper egg cups Blue Quimper egg cups (marks) Fan-shaped Quimper vase Fan-shaped Quimper vase (mark) Floral Quimper plate Floral Quimper plate (mark) Henriot cup and saucer Henriot cup and saucer (mark) Modern Quimper bowl Modern Quimper bowl (mark) Old Quimper jug Old Quimper jug (base) Quimper bowl Quimper Breton bowl Quimper Breton bowl (mark) Quimper cock dish Quimper cock dish (mark) Quimper cup and saucer Quimper cup and saucer (mark) Quimper cup with heart design Quimper dancers Quimper dancers (back) Quimper dancers (mark) Quimper dish Quimper dish (mark) Quimper double dish Quimper double dish (mark) Quimper fish dish Quimper fish dish (mark) Quimper five-necked vase Quimper five-necked vase (mark) Quimper palette ornaments Quimper palette ornaments (mark) Quimper plate Quimper plate (mark) Quimper pot with handle Quimper pot with handle (mark) Quimper shoe Quimper shoe (mark) Quimper tankard Quimper tankard (mark) Quimper tile Quimper tile (mark) Quimper tobacco jar Quimper tobacco jar (mark) Red Quimper egg cups Red Quimper egg cups (mark) Small Quimper jug Small Quimper jug (mark) Small Quimper plate Small Quimper plate (mark) Tall Quimper jug Tall Quimper jug (mark) Vessel with side handle Quimper is a town in Brittany, North West France.

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Traditional Breton figures often feature in the designs, the men with wide-brimmed round-crowned hats and the women with full skirts and aprons.

Pottery has been made in Quimper for a very long time, but the faience that we recognize as Quimper has been produced since the late seventeenth century by three factories.

The first was Grand Maison, and it preceded the other two by nearly a century.

Its mark was HB, the H for Hubaudière, the name of the family that owned it from the early eighteenth century to the early twentieth century, and the B for Bousquet, the name of the founder.

The second was Porquier, founded in the middle of the second half of the eighteenth century, followed a few years later by the third, Henriot.

Identifying the factories by the marks can by confusing. Henriot used HR, but the Grand Maison didn't like it, saying that it could easily be confused with HB.They took the matter to law, and Henriot had to stop using it, opting for Hen Riot instead.Porquier folded in the very early years of the twentieth century, and in 1913 Henriot bought their molds and the right to use their marks.Subsequently the Porquier designs were made by Henriot and marked PB. Well, in 1968, due to a road scheme, the Henriot factory had to be demolished, and they moved into the same building as Grand Maison.Both companies were separate, sharing the same roof.Both companies ran into financial difficulties in the 1980s, they were bought out by their American importers and are now the same company. Quimper new and old is widely collected, and has not, basically, changed much over the years.

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