Sydney Prevost’s Quimper Collection
I recently had the delightful pleasure of staying with my Waynesville friends, Jack and Sydney Prevost, at their home in Orlando. I quickly discovered “what was in Sydney’s collection” upon entering her lovely home! Her collection of Quimper adorned the walls and shelves of her kitchen and breakfast room and was even hidden away in her powder room that was nestled under the stairway.
And as you might expect the Orlando Antiques Show where I was speaking gave Sydney yet another “collecting opportunity”! We quickly discovered Joan Datesman of Merry Walk Antiques in Annapolis, MD. So now “what is in Sydney’s collection” has grown by three lovely Quimper pieces. The very unusual rectangular plate and the two round plates were perfect gifts for Syndey’s upcoming birthday in March!
This colorful pottery is known for its hand decorated designs reflecting the culture of the Brittany region of France. In fact, it has the overall look and feel of folk art rather than finely crafted pottery. These pieces are often used in the French country style of decorating. The product now most often referenced as Quimper was first developed by a potter from Provence, Jean-Baptiste Bousquet, according to an online article by collector Patricia Harrison. “He established the pottery works in 1690, thus launching a family enterprise that passed to his sons in 1708 and then to descendants until the family died out – as so many families did – in 1917.” Here are some great Quimper pieces…
Thank you, Sydney for sharing her knowledge and collection of these lovely French pieces!