Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Let's Put Our Heads Together

Henriot Quimper ~ Ivoire Corbeille Decor

I've yet to set a table for the new year,

so instead of a tablescape I'm sharing 

some pieces from my collection of Quimper in

a pattern affectionally known simply as IC.

The Ivoire Corbeille pattern dates from the 1930s, when it was first produced by the Henriot Factory in Quimper, France.  It is a rather distinctive decor that features elements from various earlier decors found on Quimper pottery.

The rose colored half sunflower, in the a la touché technique, was most likely influenced by an early HR design of a bird on a half sunflower, while pieces from the 19th century AP production in the bluets pattern could have influenced the sponged circlets that are distinctive to this pattern.

Here is an example of an HR plate in a design that likely influenced the rose colored half sunflower design often found on pieces painted in the Ivoire Corbeille pattern.  Click here to see a complete tablescape featuring this plate and other Quimper plates with a bird motif.

This large serving bowl was the 

first piece I purchased in the IC pattern.  

The central figure was inspired by 

the figures in the demi-fantasie pattern.  

I find the little sponged 

circlets a charming touch.

I also like the mix of blues and yellows 

atop the ivory colored background.

The sponged rims are another 

characteristic typically found on pieces of IC.

These two pieces offer yet another motif 

that you see around the central part of each pitcher.

Last but not least is this large fruit bowl 

with its distinctive swan handle.

What you say, let's put our heads together!

Tutorials, Tips, and Tidbits @ Stone Gable

I'm reversing the process this week for TTT @ Stone Gable.

Help me come up with some ideas for a tablescape using these limited number of pieces in this pattern.  I have two sets of the large cups and saucers, the little figural egg cup, one plate, a large bowl, two pitchers, and the swan basket. Leave me a comment with your ideas and suggestions. Tell me what I should use to set a pretty table featuring the Ivoire Corbeille pattern.