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Thursday, 28 October 2010


My First Piece Of Quimper
My Little CA Treasure from DH

Remember the song- It Started With A Kiss- Well mine started with a dish from a flea market in Paris over 20 years ago.

What was it about these little folk art people walking sideways off plates and dishes. I fell in love with them and started collecting QUIMPER a faience made in the small town of its name in Brittany where it is still made today and all entirely hand painted at the HB- Henriot factory

In the early years of collecting DH and I would spend weekends going to Antique Fairs, Flea Markets and anywhere we might find a little piece of treasure that I was hooked on. I have some lovely memories of he and I spotting pieces and buying it together. Also a lovely memory when he came home one day and asked if I had been good today- OF COURSE was the cry.He then put a lovely little piece of CA faience in my hand that he had found when he was on his lunch hour in the town where he worked.
In the early days of my collecting we had some wonderful finds at bargain prices but since the world of E-Bay that has long gone.

I am very envious this week as THE QUIMPER CLUB INTERNATIONAL are having the yearly Sojourn in Savannah . I wish I was there meeting up with like minds that I have meet at past meetings I have attended.
Next year might be my year to go to the meeting again as it is going to be in France where I will be totally immersed in the world of Quimper and meet with all the friends I have made through the club over the years and all because

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  1. That is a lovely memory for you Sue and a great collection.
    Love Shirley.x

  2. What a fun collection!! Lovely memories too!!

  3. I wonder how many quilters also collect china? I have collected old jugs and Staffordshire pottery for many years. Now I collect Emma Bridgewater which I use because it's dishwasher proof!. I like Quimper because I used to have a very good friend who lived there, but I have resisted collecting it! It's wonderful that it's handmade, that's its appeal to me.

  4. what a lovely collection!
    tell me about that amazing stove - is it one of those ones that doesn't turn off - used to be for the blind? I'm so intrigued!
    I know what you mean about getting a deal on collectibles, I have several that I can't afford lately -

  5. I really like Quimper - and all those pieces look lovely together - J x (thanks for my message, by the way - think I have rectified the situation!)

  6. Sue, what a beautiful collection you have! So much more special when there are good memories with it:)

  7. Sue, love getting a peek at your collection. Beautiful pieces, and I know exactly what you mean about the memories associated with when each piece finds its way into your home. That's the wonderful part of collecting.
    The Savannah meeting was wonderful and a great time was had by all. Maggie and Nina planned perfect days. I look forward to seeing you in France next year. ~ Sarah

  8. What a lovely collection of Quimper. I would also like to see more photos of your lovely kitchen. :-)

  9. I have never seen these before. fun it will be able to go next year.

  10. Hi Sue,
    We all have had a wonderful time in Savannah at the QCI annual meeting, wish you could have been with us but there's always next year.
    Brittany here we come!
    Love your collection, maybe you could come over and share some more stories on the QCI blog one of these days?

  11. Your collection is beautiful!!!! What treasures you have, thank you for sharing.

    Carolyn :)

  12. What a wonderful collection, Sue, and how great that you have enough room to display it all together like that. Very striking. I have a Quimper pig I bought in France, and I love him.

  13. Such a shame you couldn't make it to Savannah which was a stellar meeting. It will be lovely to see you in Quimper, Sue. It's going to be a fantastic meeting with lots of new things to do and see....only 11 months :-)

  14. What a beautiful collection Sue! Lots of treasured memories to go with each piece too.

  15. What a lovely collection and what fabulous memories you must have about the various pieces.