WE ARE EXTENDING OUR 40% OFF ALL QUIMPER PRODUCTS UNTIL THE END OF MARCH!*

Use coupon code QUIMPER in the shopping cart.

Since 1690, the small northern town of Quimper, in Brittany, has been refining a unique style of pottery. In over 300 years not much has changed in the small manufacture. Computers have been restricted to the offices, stencils have never been used to create the decorations, and everything is still made in-house. What you do find in the manufacturing part of the company — H.B. Henriot — is a group of dedicated artists, working with a brush and a steady hand on each individual piece of pottery or faïence.

Here are a few of Quimper’s lines:

Fleuri Royal

This pattern, created in the 60’s, symbolizes Quimper’s brush stroke and demonstrates the HB-Henriot Faiencerie’s expertise. It uses different techniques which have been established for generations by HB-Henriot’s painters: the “sponging” and of course, the famous “à la touche” used to paint flowers.

This pattern has a unique personality: each piece is slightly different since the artist decorates and paints it according to his or her inspiration. The only required similarity between pieces is the floral garland on the outer edge.

Quimper Faience Fleuri Royal

Tradition

With the Tradition pattern, all of the company’s know-how is expressed in this “French touch” decoration: a character, the “little Breton”, who changes color depending on the artist’s inspiration with flower garlands and the Henriot yellow border.

Quimper Faience - Tradition

Escale

Escale is a modern collection from Quimper Faience celebrating seaside living. Three sailboats are painted in very French tones of yellow and blue, with a golden yellow and blue painted border.

Quimper faience - Escale

Mistral Blue

In the Mistral Blue collection, the small Breton moves to new colors but remains true to the tradition of the first characters, created by the Henriot faiencerie in the 19th century.

Quimper Faience - Mistral Blue

* Sale restricted to products currently in stock while supplies last. No special orders, exchanges, or returns.


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Eiffel tower pasta

Sapori Antichi is famous for making pastas from old family recipes. All of the pastas are made with the best durum wheat semolina, fresh ingredients and natural colors. This pasta is shaped as small Eiffel Towers! Impress your guests with a French themed pasta salad or simply enjoy some of the best pasta while dreaming of France!

Sapori Antichi Eiffel Tower Pasta

Lavender Scented Candle

Fill the room with the delicious scent of lavender with one of these beautiful scented candles from Homart. Burn time approximately 50 hours.

Homart Lavender Scented Candle
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Beauty and Tradition from Quimper

Since 1690, the small northern town of Quimper, in Brittany, has been refining a unique style of pottery. In over 300 years not much has changed in the small manufacture. Computers have been restricted to the offices, stencils have never been used to create the decorations, and everything is still made in-house. What you do find in the manufacturing part of the company — H.B. Henriot — is a group of dedicated artists, working with a brush and a steady hand on each individual piece of pottery or faïence.

FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER, WE ARE OFFERING 40% OFF ALL QUIMPER PRODUCTS!* Use coupon code QUIMPER in the shopping cart.

Here are a few of Quimper’s lines:

Fleuri Royal:

This pattern, created in the 60’s, symbolizes Quimper’s brush stroke and demonstrates the HB-Henriot Faiencerie’s expertise. It uses different techniques which have been established for generations by HB-Henriot’s painters: the “sponging” and of course, the famous “à la touche” used to paint flowers.

This pattern has a unique personality: each piece is slightly different since the artist decorates and paints it according to his or her inspiration. The only required similarity between pieces is the floral garland on the outer edge.

Quimper Faience Fleuri Royal

Quimper Faience Fleuri Royal

Tradition:

With the Tradition pattern, all of the company’s know-how is expressed in this “French touch” decoration: a character, the “little Breton”, who changes color depending on the artist’s inspiration with flower garlands and the Henriot yellow border.

Quimper Faience Tradition

Quimper Faience Tradition

Escale:

Escale is a modern collection from Quimper Faience celebrating seaside living. Three sailboats are painted in very French tones of yellow and blue, with a golden yellow and blue painted border.

Quimper Faience Escale

Quimper Faience Escale

Mistral Blue:

In the Mistral Blue collection, the small Breton moves to new colors but remains true to the tradition of the first characters, created by the Henriot faiencerie in the 19th century.

Quimper Faience Mistral Blue

Quimper Faience Mistral Blue

* Sale restricted to products currently in stock while supplies last. No special orders, exchanges, or returns. Discount ends on September , 2011.

What is it with France and the rooster? So many French products have roosters on them that one of our customers once asked jokingly, “Do you carry anything that doesn’t have roosters or chickens on it?”

The Rooster is undeniably the national emblem of France. From coins to stamps to monuments, the Coq, as it is called in French, appears everywhere.

I Dream of France Bastille Day Rooster Special

I Dream of France Bastille Day Rooster Special

The origin of the rooster in French culture comes from the Roman empire. At that time France was called “Gaule” and its inhabitant the “Gallus”. The Latin word for rooster is also “gallus” and naturally the Romans were referring to the French as roosters!

In the middle ages, the rooster was used in France as a religious symbol representing faith and hope.  Many churches in France use a rooster on the roof as a weathervane, called a “girouette”.

During the French revolution, the rooster found its status as the national emblem, replacing the Fleur de Lys that had been the symbol of the Bourbon royal dynasty. During the two World Wars, the rooster was used to stand up to the German Eagle.

Today, the rooster still proudly assumes its role as the symbol of French sovereignty. It is on the official seal of the French Republic, and is used by many businesses, local governments and even private homes to show patriotism. French sports teams, including the national soccer team, use the rooster as their logo.

The crow of the rooster in French is “Cocorico,”and saying Cocorico! in conversation has the same meaning as “Vive la France!”

The rooster has been used for many years on many French country products as decoration with a hint of patriotism on fabrics and ceramics and even carved on furniture.

Rooster Toile Placemat by Karen Lee Ballard from I Dream of France

Rooster Toile Placemat by Karen Lee Ballard from I Dream of France

For the month of July and in celebration of Bastille Day, the French National Holiday (July 14th), all products featuring roosters (and chickens) will be 10% off. Enter coupon code COCORICO. (Go to our website and browse our Rooster Special section). In Southern California? Stop by our store and find even more products. Cocorico!

–Brett & Jean-Michel