A beautiful 10 inch bowl hand painted with Art Deco designs, this faience piece was made by HB Quimper Grande Maison in the 1970's. The mark on the bottom of the bowl reads "HB QUIMPER FRANCE"; curved beneath it are the words "entienment décoré main" which translated from the French mean "fully hand decorated." The mark was used from 1968 to 1984, prior to the company being purchased by an American couple. The artist's initials RH are hand painted to the left.
The bowl has a scalloped rim sponged in black. The designs, done in gold, black, brown, and orange on a yellow background, are reminiscent of those by Paul Fouillen.* The decorations consist of lines, dots, and circles for a geometric effect. There are six very simplified fleur-de-lis symbols in the bottom. The bowl's underside is solid yellow, striped in brown near the upper edge and around the dry foot.
Weighing 1 pound 10 ounces and measuring 2 3/4 inches high and 10 inches in diameter, this serving bowl is in excellent condition, with one chip 1/8 long on the inner side of the bowl (shown greatly magnified). This uncommon Quimper pattern looks wonderful in French Country, American Farmhouse and modern settings as well.
* Paul Fouillen was associated with the Grande Maison until 1928, when he opened his own faïencerie. A 10 inch bowl with similar designs by Fouillen is pictured on page 130 of the book "Quimper Pottery" by Ann Marie O'Neill. The price guide for the book is dated 1998 and the Fouillen bowl was valued then at $475.00.
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