Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Faience and Flowers ~ Favorite Things

"Where flowers bloom, so does hope."
Lady Bird Johnson

Sharing some of my favorites

~ French Faience and Flowers ~

Yellow Daffodils in HenRiot Quimper Jug
Flanked by Yellow Faience Roosters

I've found that many collectors of Quimper are

avid gardeners and also share a passion for flowers.

HenRiot Quimper Vase with Sunflowers, Gerbers, and Purple Asters

These individuals are also a group ready to

share their knowledge be it about faience

or gardening or some other topic.

HR Quimper Soupiére with Yellow and Orange Tulips

I cherish the amazing 

circle of friends within the QCI.

Unusual HB Quimper Strawberry with Rose and Alstroemeria

It is always a treat to see correspondence

in my inbox from a Quimper friend.

AP Wall Pocket with Petit Breton & Onciium Orchids

It's a double scoop of joy when that email

includes an attachment with a photo of faience,

AP Wall Pocket with Petit Bretonne Filled with
Oncidiums, Often Called "Dancing Ladies"

Especially when the faience is


with flowers from one's garden.

HenRiot Quimper Vase Le Coq Vase Filled with Red Poppies

Double the pleasure!

Tulipière Marked with Single Red P

With spring in the air, I wanted to

share some of these colorful bouquets with you.

HB Quimper Camaïeu Blue Pitchet with a Bouquet from le Jardin

Won't you stay awhile 

and "smell the flowers?"

Three Lobed HB Quimper Vase Filled with Alstroemeria and Asters

One needs no 

special design skills.

Unmarked AP Secouette with Golden Thryallis

Fresh flowers 

snipped from the garden . . .

Alstroemeria Bouquet

And popped 

into a favorite vase . . .

HB Quimper Vase with Decor Riche Border and Fresh Sunflowers

Is all that is needed . . .

HB Quimper Jardiniere with a Mix of Hydrangeas and Other Spring Blooms

To create a lovely bouquet . . .

HR Quimper Fleur de Lys with Alstroemeria Blooms and PB Plate

To be used on a tabletop . . .

Group of Wall Pockets with Blue Plumbago, Yellow Bells, and Black-eyed Susans
Double Pocket HenRiot Quimper, Pair of Singles HR Quimper

Or in pockets on a wall.

HenRiot Quimper Vase with Decor Riche Border and Filled with a Bouquet of Roses

Roses fresh from the garden . . .

PB Cachepot with Fern and Savigny Bébé

Or perhaps a graceful fern . . .

Casual Arrangement in HB Only Horseshoe Shaped Vase

Fresh cut flowers or . . .

Pink Cyclamen in HB Quimper Cachepot

Potted plants will 

enhance a piece of French faience.

FF Desvres Fleur de Lys Vase with
Spring Mix of Tulips, Daffodils, Iris, & Orchids

French faience 

offers a variety of forms . . .

Springtime Bouquet in HB Only Jardiniere

Which can be filled 

with colorful blooms . . .

Jardiniere with Fern and Henriette Porson Figural

Or plants.

Unmarked Quimper Sugar Bowl with Colorful Zinnias and Fresh Basil

The original purpose 

of the container . . .

HB Quimper Jardiniere Filled with a Variety of Camellias

Is not important.

Petit PB Vase with Yellow Gerbers

It is the mix of French faience 

and flowers that provides the joy!

Not all of the faience shown here is in my personal collection. Special thanks to my friends Barbara, Doris, Eileen, Maggie, Susan, Twila, and Victoria for the virtual spring bouquets.

HB Quimper Becassine Figural Cendrier and Porte-Cigarettes
with Baskets of Fresh Blooms

“All the flowers of all the 

tomorrows are in the seeds of today." 


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The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. What a wonderful post. I haven't any flowers yet. We bought daffs for Easter. So, until mine bloom, I'll just enjoy yours.

  2. Quimper and flowers certainly are meant to go together! I can see why these are among your favorite things.

  3. Hello Sarah,
    oh my God, did you hear me? My "Ahhh's" and "Ohhhh's", when I scrolled down picture for picture and they didn't seem to end? This is a wonderful post and all the pictures are so sweet. What a perfect combination, faience and flowers. I really love them.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  4. Just beautiful Sarah! I love the wall pockets-enjoy:@)

  5. Sarah, this is a lovely post. I am sure I will revisit this post several times the rest of the week. I absolutely love wall pockets. I have one that was made by a Florida artist that is very special to me.

    Thanks again for such a pretty post.

    Ricki Jill

  6. Such beauty! Each arrangement is lovely. I am a zinea girl, so that one was so swee to me!

  7. Simply Beautiful!!! All of them!!!

    Thank you so much for the anniversary wishes! It was a good day.

    Thanks for linking in and sharing this beautiful post. Loved it.

    Happy VTT!! And have a great weekend.

  8. What a neat post. Not only are the flowers beautiful, but their containers are amazing.

    Looking forward to having you with us for Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  9. Such lovely vases and flower arrangements. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful examples of Quimper pottery. I haven't seen it before.

  10. Hello,

    I also believe this. Your flower arrangements are fabulous!

    ~ Gabriela ~

  11. Your collection is wonderful! And the flowers are gorgeous!

  12. Oh my goodness...I don't think I have ever seen so much beautiful Quimperware together before and it is one of my favorites. Just beautiful!

  13. So many beautiful Quimper vases and gorgeous flowers! What a feast for the eyes!...Christine

  14. Oh my! The visual beauty is stunning. If we could smell these bouquets I think I would have to find the nearest fainting couch!!!

    I was going to pick my favorite, but found it to be impossible!

    Thanks so much for sharing these beauties at Treasure Hunt Thursday.

  15. I have never heard of Quimper before. All of the arrangements are just lovely. Thank you to you and your friends for sharing these beautiful works of heart.

  16. Such beautiful flowers! And, who doesn't love a good quote?!

  17. Sarah, The collection of Quimper that you and your friends have is just delightful! These pieces just lend themselves to holding flowers. Thanks so much for showing these photos to us. They are all lovely...

  18. Don't know the word Quimper. Lucky for me I came over from VTT and learned something new. That is a daily goal for me trying to head off Alzheimer's. I am older than dirt and it sneaks up on you. Blessings to you and family.

  19. Oh Sarah, I am DELIGHTED over your post today, I wonder why? Such beautiful flower containers showcasing amazing flowers. What could be better???? I know your enjoying guest, I hope its a wonderful weekend for a sweet lady...........

    The French Hutch

  20. Each and every arrangement is so colorful and beautiful! I htink I like the wall pockets the besr. This was a delightful post, Sarah!

  21. LOVE the collections of Quimper that you have shared today! And the florals themselves are spectacular, too!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  22. Oh My Goodness Sarah! You know I devoured this post. I looked through it twice, and will probably go back through it before I leave your blog. Fience and flowers ~ how much better can it get? What beautiful pieces you've shown, and the beautiful floral arrangements were icing on the cake! Loved your post, and I'm so glad you'll be linking it to Favorite Things. It is certainly a favorite post of mine! laurie

  23. Lovely colourful pictures! So beautiful space! Now, am your newest follower :)
    Hope to see you on my little blog too:)


  24. Sarah, Gosh, Love your Quimper pieces. I was interested also in the Savigny Bébé, Is that one yours? I looked online to read about it but only got French. lol
    which didn't help me.Your Quinper pieces are so pretty. Have you collected for a long time?
    Hope you have a great weekend,

  25. What a beautiful and inspiring post!

  26. Sarah you have an amazing collection! Do you have all those flowers in you home right now? Holy Cow! I must smell so fragrant! :)

    Thank you so much for linking up to Fresh-Cut Friday again!!! I really appreciate it! :)


  27. Such beautiful diversity!

    I would have to say that my favorite is the "Quimper Jardiniere with a Mix of Hydrangeas and Other Spring Blooms." Spectacular!

  28. How beautiful, the flowers and the Quimper. What a wonderful array of pretty pieces!
    I am hoping to get some lilacs blooming this week...I gave in and bought some pots of geraniums and bacopa, I just NEEDED to have some color. Another week before we can plant, at least!

  29. Gorgeous! I love these designs and your've opened my eyes to a new world. Thanks for sharing. Mumzie

  30. Hi Sarah,
    I love seeing all your bouquets and gorgeous vases!! I find I am always bringing home a new vase too, it's fun to go through the seasons using "favorites" :-)

  31. Thanks for sharing so many wonderful pictures of pretty blooms. I love those wall pockets and the vase with the pansy.

  32. This is a stunning post my friend...I don't know which one flower base with arrangement I like best! I'm crazy about all of them! I'm loving this bloomers, such beauty in nature. Thank you for visiting and for the lovly and sweet comment. In the back it just says France, carved like, in the porcelain, but they're not new, the lady in the European antique shop said that, that is what makes it not new.
    Happy Mother's Day to you.

  33. Hi Sarah,
    A gorgeous post that speaks to me on so many levels, I wonder why?
    So lovely to see my blue & white jug looking so cute, I must remember to use it more often!

  34. What a firework of colors !
    It's wonderful home...

  35. These are amazing - wonderful when combined with flowers - thank you for sharing all these beauties!

  36. Sarah~ I love seeing your QCI friends' as well as your arrangements! I love "the original purpose of the container is not important"~ so TRUE! I love when something is repurposed and lovingly filled with flowers or fruit. The sweet Sugar Bowl with zinnias & the Jarninere with camellias take my breath away! Thank you for a wonderful flower-filled start to my morning :-)

  37. Thank you so very much for this lovely showing of faience! The beauty of these pieces just blows me away.. Happy Mother's Day!

  38. Well they are all beautiful collections Sarah..I am glad you clarified they were not all yours, because I was thinking WOW..maybe Sarah is willing to give one up JK!!~:) The fleur de lis one was my fav, just sayin! I love fresh flowers too.

  39. Wow!
    Beautifully composed flowers! I especially love the first and the one with hortensia :)

  40. Oh Sarah,
    Wow!~ They are each just beautiful. you have quite a bountiful garden. Love these bouquets! Thanks for linking it up.

  41. You are a very fortunate lady to have so much beauty to share. I love the flowers, but the containers are the prettiest ever.

  42. Oh Sara,

    YOU have brought tears to my eyes for we all know the pain. 23 years later and still, when I see that little dolly, I weep. She was so sick, but all she thought about were OTHERS...she had my aunt take her to the local five and dime, she took her change and bought the little 59 cent doll and crocheted her little suit. I flew in from Boston to L.A. and there she was....hooked up to tubes, but she wanted to make sure I had the doll. She didn't have much to spend but what she gave of her last strength will forever go with me...blessings to you as you celebrate YOUR MOTHER...what a reach that CERTAIN AGE....enjoy and thank you. Anita

  43. Wow...what a lot of Quimpers! How interesting and very lovely, too!

    Hope your weekend is full of blessings! HAPPY PINK SATURDAY! dana

  44. Hi sweet Sara! Oh, look at all of your gorgeous flowers! I adore you pretty Quimper pieces and the little figurines are so charming!
    Happy Mother's Day!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  45. Happy Pink Saturday Sara Sweetie...
    What a gorgeous share this morning. I feel as though I have walked through the most elegant and largest garden in the world. Such beauty beheld my eyes.

    Thank you for sharing. I will be back several times this week. I love this floral share of HAPPINESS. It makes my heart dance sweetie. Thank you.

    Have a beautiful Mother's Day. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  46. What a wonderful variety of blossoms & containers, Sarah! They are, each one, unique & perfect. How nice of your friends to share their bouquets with you, & thus, with US! Please tell each of them 'thank you'.

    Got your big hat on to watch the Kentucky Derby later??
    Ms. C's ballet/tap/jazz recital is exactly the same time. Grrrr! Silly teacher! We're taping it...the race not the recital. LOL


  47. Of course the daffodils are my favorite.

  48. I love spring flowers...thanks for sharing those!

    HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!

  49. The beauty of these pieces is such a treat! Thank you for sharing the wonderful Quimper pieces and figurines.

  50. I've never seen such a variety of Quimper! Even if it is a group effort. I had no idea how much there is. You certainly are hooked up with the enthusiasts! Beautiful examples!

  51. Such pretty flowers! A girl can never have enough flowers! Happy Mother's Day!


  52. Love this post! Thanks for bringing it to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  53. Happy Pink Saturday, dear Sarah. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day.

    Thank you to you and your friends for sharing all of these wonderful pieces and blooms. One of these days I am going to find a great piece to purchase. I have admired it for many years. I guess I need you to go shopping with me.♥

  54. Sarah, Your Quimper collection is very, very special. Love the choice of flowers with each individual container. I collect and I paint Italian Maiolica,a which is the same as Faience.


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