Monday, October 17, 2011

Barnyard Bash ~ French Style

Paper Maché Figures from French Artist, Aude Goalet

Just back from a month in France and trying to readjust to life in Texas.

With hundreds of photos to edit and organize

it will be awhile before I can share my adventures in the French countryside.

Instead I hope you enjoy something I posted last year on the Quimper Club Blog

for Lynne's Barnyard Bash.

~ Barnyard Bash French Style ~

8.5" Unmarked Manor House Plate

It's early morning at le mas, a typical french farm house.

8.75" Unmarked Soleil Plate

Le soleil rises over the hillside and . . .

11.5" HB Quimper Charger

The sound of Le coq is heard as he

announces a beautiful new day at le ferme.

HB-Henriot Hen on Nest

Mme poule is on her nest

ready to provide fresh eggs for the day.

7.75" Unmarked Deep Dish Plate

One can hear the swishing sound of birds as they

fly above the nearby pond, the elegant

cygne noir gracefully glides across the still water.

Pair of Figurals Marked Rouen Decor Fait Main

Young Juliet and Jean Pierre are up early for

their morning chores before they head off to school.

12" Malicorne Charger,
Pre-Lawsuit Mark of Reversed P & B

Monsieur looks across his land

with great pride as another day dawns.

Pig Bank Marked HB Quimper

Le porc can be heard

snorting about the barnyard.

8.25" Plate Marked HB Quimper

While the spat of deux coqs

echos through the barnyard.

Horse Figural Marked Rouen Decor Fait Main

Frisky chevaux galop

across the pasture in the morning dew.

Unmarked Desvres 3-Sided Tea Caddy

All is right in the world on this fine day.

Oil and Vinegar Server, First Mark Porquier-Beau

There is much work to be done in the fields

and vegetables to be gathered from the garden.

Goat Figural Double Salt Marked Gaetan Level

La chèvre helps carry the

load from the fields back to the barn.

10.75" Malicorne Charger Marked PBx

There is the walk into the village for the

morning market to sell some chickens and fresh eggs.

Unmarked Desvres 3-Sided Tea Caddy

And many chores for the

lady of the house before days end.

Reverse Side of Oil and Vinegar Server,
First Mark Porquier-Beau

Fresh water for cooking and washing is gathered

from the well as Monsieur heads to the house at day's end.

Cat Figural Marked AG

Of course every ferme has un chat.

HR Quimper Jardiniere

And at the end of the week there is

much singing and dancing to celebrate with a

A Barnyard Bash ~ French Style

9.5" Malicorne Plate Marked PBx

It was indeed a joyful trip to the French countryside,

full of laughter and good times shared with friends.

And of course a few bits and pieces

of French faience acquired along the way.



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. le coq se réveille à 5 heures du matin. I just love him. He is my favorite.
    What fun to find all these great treasures.
    It is lovely to travel, but it is so good to be home.
    Looking forward to reading about your trip and seeing your pictures.

  2. What a sweet, fat hen sitting on her nest. It's a happy farmyard!

  3. All fun pieces Sarah! Gotta chuckle at Le Porc and I love the chicken plate! I lost all of the links to the party when Mr. Linky changed over to having to pay for it, bummer. Have a great day:@)

  4. Those are some pretty pieces. I loved the paper mache' roosters, those are fantastic!

  5. Hi Sarah~ I would imagine you have a LOT of photos & HOURS of editing ahead! What fun to relive your trip through your photos~ I'm looking forward to seeing them, in the meantime I happy perusing these beautiful French faience pieces :)

  6. Thanks for reposting this lovely collection, Sarah. I would love to read more about your trip to France! You are so lucky that you got to meet Maggie!!! :D

    The papier mache roosters are soooooo stunning! *Love them*

    Ricki Jill

  7. The papier maché rooster and hen are absolutely gorgeous Sarah!

    All the Quimper is so pretty - I love every piece but think my favorite here is the Jardiniere, such beautiful colors and shape, and the crown just makes it perfect!

    I know what you mean about photo editing, filing etc. after long trip - it's a huge job. So glad you had a wonderful visit to France and will look forward to hearing/seeing more.

    I'm off this Thurs. - it's going to be an awesome trip I feel!

    Love and hugs - Mary

  8. Missed you Sarah! I know you have fabulous trip and I can't wait to see your pictures and posts! What fabulous pieces in your collection. Hope you are rested and enjoying fall. Heard you had a lot of wind last nigh in your neck of the woods.

    Miss Bloomers

  9. I know how you feel, dear girl!
    We're both swamped with pix at the moment but there is light at the end of the Le Journal tunnel!!
    You know how much I adore the papier mache coq & hen I could look at them for ages!
    Take care.

  10. What a wonderful post with such lovely items. Thank you!

  11. I am jealous of your month long visit to France! :) So glad you had a wonderful time and your treasures are so, so lovely! Christie P.S. Thank you for the kind words about my daughter...she looks like a Texas girl!!

  12. You do have a lot of beautiful, fun treasures from your month in France! I love the papier mache coq & hen! Delightful post for the day! I know I loved every minute that I spent France! Hope your week is going well, Sarah! Enjoy!


  13. Such lovely pottery. I can't even imagine how magnificent it must have been to spend an entire month in France. Looks like you brought back some wonderful treasures.

  14. Great pieces. Glad you had a good trip and are back. Thanks for joining wow.

  15. Sarah, a perfect story to post for a girl just back from the French countryside. Such amazing pieces of Quimper, each one so different and lovely. I really love the Figurals pair and the Jardiniere with dancers. I'll look forward to your future French countryside adventures post and what you brought home. I'm happy you are safely home.....

    The French Hutch

  16. I love all of your Quimper, especially the rooster charger. I found a piece at the thrift store for $2, it isn't an old's a Henriot cider cup.

  17. Oh Sarah, I'm so envious of your trip to France. Can't wait to see pictures! Thanks for stopping by. I'm so glad your friends didn't lose their home in the fires. It really was frightening, wasn't it? My brother said they got a good rain and I hope they can get a few more. You all need it so badly. :-(


  18. so much fun to read.. thanks for the lovely adventure! xo marlis

  19. Welcome home, Sarah. I've missed you.

    I can hardly wait to read about and see photos from your trip. I hope you have something pink.

  20. It sounds like you had a fabulous trip! Love your beautiful collection! Welcome home! ♥

  21. Such beautiful peices. Glad that you're adjusting. Being away a month is a long time.

    - The Tablescaper

  22. Sarah I adore all of your gorgeous Country French pieces of pottery. Really wonderful.

    Oh I have a Designer Pillows Giveaway! I hope you will join! (a great resource as well)

    Art by Karena

  23. Sarah,
    Welcome home, dear friend! While these French treasures are gorgeous, I'll be anxiously awaiting news and photos of your travels abroad!

  24. Welcome home!!!!!! I'll bet that is quite an adjustment! You have some wonderful memories, though. I'm a sucker for anything and everything French!

  25. Such pretty plates and pieces but Sarah,
    I adore the little figurines.
    So sweet

    They have such great expressions and such sweet faces!

    Thanks for sharing

    (And Sarah, thanks sooOOOooo much for all the sweet comments you made on my blog this evening. You are too kind!)

  26. Beautiful collection! Can't wait to see your pictures! Thanks for your visit to my Halloween post, and your kind comments. It was fun to do. Have a great weekend!

  27. Hi Sarah! I'm loving all the Frenchiness! I can't wait to hear all about your trip! I need another French fix! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

  28. I always love seeing your Quimper! How darn cute are those paper maché roosters? You'll adjust soon enough- just make sure it's in plenty of time before the holidays! LOL
    ~ Sue

  29. How pretty!! I love all your pretties...each have their own story behind fun! Glad to see you home! You'll have to tell me all about your trip. Hugs...Linda

  30. Thanks you so much for sharing your collection and I can't wait to here about your trip to France. Nice to meet another Texan. Thanks for coming by my blog and leaving kind words. Peggy

  31. Sarah, What a gorgeous collection and the french roosters are adorable. I am looking forward to hearing more about your trip and seeing photos. Thank you for linking to the Open House party.

  32. You have so many beautiful Quimper pieces, Sarah. My favorite is the oil and vinegar set....Christine

  33. You have so many beautiful Quimper pieces, Sarah. My favorite is the oil and vinegar set....Christine

  34. Welcome home! I'm so glad to see that your time away was so wonderful for you. I can't wait to see all of your pictures and to hear more about your trip.

    Take care and enjoy being home!

    Best wishes,

  35. Hello Sarah,
    welcome home. Take your time, we are patient. Surely you have brought some wonderful photos for us. The Quimper is really beautiful.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  36. Dearest Sarah!!! I LOVE THOSE PAPER MÂCHÉ ROOSTERS!!!!! OH the French are my favorite artists, both classic and modern. Dearest, YOU WERE IN FRANCE! Oh how I long to go back; it has now been ten years since I last went and devoured everything from BAGUETTES to the language.

    Dear one, thank you for your kind comments last night on my post. It is really funny.....many times when I am composing my posts, I am in a hurry with my busy teaching job leaving me with only Friday nights to post. I often feel like my posts are too "thin" or lack the rich vocabulary that I want to use. BUT my "poetry" is ME...rather simple, but straightforward! Thank you again.

    Oh how lovely this post is!! Anita

  37. Welcome back! Can't wait to hear about your adventures! I remember this post and love all your collection!

  38. You have so many beautiful Quimper pieces, Sarah. My favorite is those oil and vinegar set. I hope it will be favorite of visitors also.

  39. All that lovely faience - what a treat for my eyes today. Thanks for sharing.

  40. Are all of these yours??? I love them all, but now I am going to have to stay away from the post. The last thing I need is to begin collecting something new and I love everything in this post!!

  41. how wonderful that you visited france recently. i will travel there someday, but i am so grateful for blogland so i can soak up a little of the charm in a cyber way!

    thanks for visiting my little blog!


  42. I'd love to see France some day...thank you for sharing your treasures. Happy Weekend!

  43. I enjoyed seeing beautiful Quimper pieces, Sarah!

    Thanks for linking this lovely post to Potpourri Friday! I appreciate you participation, my friend!

  44. Sarah,
    Paris, how fabulous! Looking forward to seeing photos! All your things are amazing! Love the paper mache roosters!

  45. All your pieces are so pretty, but I think I like the tea caddies you figured that. LOL The cat is cute, but it's face is so sad...poor thing. I like the cow figures, too.
    Thanks for showing us all your Quimper pieces.
    Have a good weekend.

  46. wow - what lovely quimper. I have never had any but think it is lovely!

  47. I have to thank blogging for enlightening me about Quimper. You and Laurie taught me.
    You have such a lovely collection, Sarah.

  48. How on earth did I miss this post??? I'm starting to think that blogger is playing tricks on me!

    Oh, I loved every plate and every figural. What treasures! LOVE THEM!



  49. Oh Sarah, you know I just lingered over each photo, enjoying all of these special pieces. I love them all, but the tea caddies really struck my fancy. Now I'm going to have to be on the lookout for one of those. Great post! laurie

  50. These are absolutely gorgeous - I am still swooning over the thought of a month in!


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