19th Century French Hand Painted Faience Piggy Bank Signed HB Quimper
Complete your faience collection with this colorful antique piggy bank from Brittany. Crafted in Quimper, France, circa 1890, the ceramic piece depicts a standing and sniffing pig sculpture with open slot on the top. The coin keeper is decorated with hand painted foliage and floral motifs and embellished with a Breton female dressed in traditional clothing. The piggy bank is signed on the bottom by the well-known pottery factory “HB Quimper”; it is in excellent condition with rich colors in the pink and green palette. Quimper pottery has a long, impressive history. Tin-glazed, hand painted pottery has been made in Quimper, France since the late seventeenth century. The earliest firm, founded in 1685 by Jean Baptiste Bousquet, was known as HB Quimper. Another firm, founded in 1772 by Francois Eloury, was known as Porquier. The third firm, founded by Guillaume Dumaine in 1778, was known as HR or Henriot Quimper. All three firms made similar pottery decorated with designs of Breton peasants and maritime and flower motifs. The Eloury (Porquier) and Dumaine (Henriot) firms merged in 1913. Bousquet (HB) merged with the others in 1968. The group was sold to a United States family in 1984. More changes followed, and in 2011 Jean-Pierre Le Goff became the owner and the name was changed to Henriot-Quimper. The French firm has been called Societe Nouvelle des Faienceries de Quimper HB Henriot, since March 1984. Pottery was made in Quimper when the city was part of the Roman Empire, long before tin-glazed pottery was being made. Measures: 8″W x 3″D x 4″H.
|Dimensions||8" W x 3" D x 4" H|
Late 19th Century