From Delicatessen Terroir products to Zoomorphic Paté Tureens signed Michel Caugant

By adapting its know-how, started with Breton culinary tradition and French gastronomy to target new consumer trends, the Michel Caugant Company achieved a leading position in three main markets for fresh products, available pre-packed and at the delicatessen counter : charcuterie, ready to eat salads and Christmas products.

Innovating for 70 years! From 1927 until 1997

Breton Company was created by Laurent Caugant. Then, his son Michel joined company in 1955. A great opportunity for this local delicatessen shop that became soon an industrial concern. From 1970s until late 1990s, Caugant company supplied major hyper-market, super-market chains and caterings growth markets everywhere in France.
Building on its commercial success, Michel Caugant company became the first
French food company to qualify for the ISO 9001 certification.
Company also exported not only its products to Great Britain, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland…but also its know-how and provided a tranfer of technology and expertise within the framework of industrial franchises.

What about Famous Animals shaped Zoomorphic faience Tureens ?

Michel Caugant got the idea of producing faience terrines featuring animals shaped mainly dedicated  to the Christmas Season. Late 1970s, The first productions of faience objects were lovely dinner plates depicting his native village called Rosporden, decorated in red, then in blue, by a talented  Breton artist Katell LG. (Nowadays, these plates are quite Rare and hard to find).

In the early 1980s, terrines production was launched until late 1990s. Sorry, but just not before early 1980s 👎 as often read on web…

Michel CAUGANT (sorry again! 😒 but it is just Not COUGANT 👎 as often read on web) used to choose from various and typical terrines designs those that were relative to Christmas specialities ; as hunting and fishing patterns.

A few Ducks Faience Terrines by Michel Caugant available at :
Michel Caugant DUCKS shaped Faience Terrines

some more in various sizes are also available upon request only!

Initially, a few terrines were made in Brittany just a short time though, indeed production in Brittany was considered a bit too expensive…

Anyway, starting from 1980s, terrines were definitively made in Portugal for financial considerations someway, and also because Portuguese handmade Pottery manufacturing is simply Excellent handicraft!👍
Various designs were available and produced; Rabbits, Poultry, Wildfowl and ground Game, woodcock, fishes, crustaceans, crabs and some others which are very rare patterns!

here are a few Farm and Wild Animals shaped Faience Terrines by Michel Caugant available at:  Farm & Wild Animals signed Michel Caugant

some others are available upon request only!

Just for reminder! Probably more than 190 models were made from 1980s until 1990s😮

Many Ducks, Gooses, Roosters terrines were offered to Customers who did complete a Client Satisfaction Survey. (How lucky they were! Aren’t they?) 😉

How to identify and to date Michel Caugant faience terrines?

By Signature on underside! First models produced in large quantities are dating of 1982, and were signed HH initials referring to the modeller H. Herberstein located in Portugal.
Then and for a time, models were stamped on underside :
modèle et marque déposés par CAUGANT faïence fabriquée au Portugal,décor peint à la main ».
A bit later, another large collection still dating of 1980s had a sticked printed label on underside :
« modèle déposé par CAUGANT-fabriquée au Portugal », but many labels disappeared due to handwash though! 😒 but c’est la vie!…

late 1980s and during 1990s, Caugant Terrines were finally stamped in italics.

This piece in worthy faience was completely made by hand
I offer it to you in its exclusivity
Michel Caugant

What about Rare pieces?

Well, there are still quite a lot on the market and especially with individuals everywhere in Europe and in Americas too! Indeed, Many pieces were especially produced and exported to Northern Europe as Turtle, blue rabbit with ears laid back, fish plaice, brown guineafowl, dwarf, Dodo, salmon, Goat, Ducks decorated with a floral pattern  are rare pieces…plus several others that were prototypes as Snails, Rooster with green tail, and some others we can’t tell about  because we just don’t know yet what other kinds were also produced late 1980s and during 1990s. We heard about some quite rare models Animals shaped too, we just could not imagine possible! 😉

That said 🙂  we are on our way for Hunting these unusual or curious Animals 😛 in a timely manner… 😉

During 1990s, various  promotional materials were available in several versions, as ashtrays, keychains, pin’s… etc

A few Vegetables & Various RARE Faience Terrines by Michel Caugant available at : Michel Caugant Terrines

Here again, some might be available upon request only!

Very hard to find also, beautiful Bunnies terrines especially designed including a particularity; as they never included any lids… these ones were made and ready for serving patés direct on Local Caterings counters.

Last, Lovely special models as barbotine bowls and plates with vegetables pattern were made on 1990s…and  platters with salt & pepper shaker set were produced in 1990s, on a limited edition apparently. These recent ones are not stamped but were made for Michel Caugant Company. We got to find this gorgeous specimen visible on pictures below, direct from an ancient employee of Caugant company…

Recent Michel Caugant additions, as very rare Ducks terrines with Floral design, plus the gorgeous Platter with salt & pepper shaker set visible on background of pictures below :

 A few terrines visible on pictures above are Available yet for sale.
The Rarest ones might be available upon request only.

Can I put Terrines in the oven?

Do NOT place any Caugant terrines in the oven, nor in dishwashing machine. Wash by hand only. These faience terrines are dedicated to Home Kitchen Decorative objects, and the largest terrines might be used for serving ready-to-serve Patés, vegetables, seafood…

What about terrines sizes?

We can find three size for some models. From large, medium, mini sized. Please note that “Minis” are now quite hardly finds too.

How valuable are Michel Caugant terrines?

that is a Good question! 😛 Well, Michel Caugant Terrines/Tureens became collectibles. As not produced anymore from late 1990s. As they are also Cute, quite unusual, Rare as for several models, and as they are becoming very hard to find… as Collectors from worldwide are looking for them. So, its value increases for some years now and will certainly increase from one year to another… et c’est justifié!

What about Michel Caugant himself?

Michel Caugant was a powerful Entrepreneur and a Respected, principled business leader in Brittany France. He is/was a very active business leader. In the early fifties, he visited many local markets around Rosporden to sell their delicatessen Breton products…he always loved challenges and having new goals, even after he retired from the Michel Caugant company.

Now, He is in his eighties… According to his Professional close circle, he is Proud and Happy to get to know his terrines are still famous to collectors from worldwide, and I would even say 😉 : “parce qu’il le vaut bien!” meaning : Because he’s worth it! 😛

That’s all for now Folks! 😉 Thank you for reading! Thank you for Following and Sharing our blog too because it’s worth it.

& Enjoy your Day! ❤️

Popular Carnival Les Gras in Brittany France

This popular carnival custom takes place at the end of winter, during Shrovetide – the period just before the Christian Lent… Carnival Les Gras comes from the  latin “carnem levare” meaning “ remove meat”, but carnival takes another turn 😉  to people living in the wonderful seaside town called Douarnenez; as a Fishermen Village.

dz-fishermen       douarnenez-fishing-village

Indeed, the Carnival means a Great opportunity to celebrate the end of winter regarding hard working conditions for Fishermen during winter period.

Many processions, dances everywhere in town, and a big Carnival parade are in the limelight for no less than for Five days!

Dating of 1835 yet!:)

The “carnavaliers” have ever been disguised,  ever used carnival masks, enjoyed a lot dressing up in Drag too! 😛

Festivities took place from Sunday morning until next Wednesday.

Later, Carnival started from Saturday in the evening until Wednesday.

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First, official Mascot of the Carnival is “Den-Paolig” meaning “poor bonhomme” or poor guy 🙂 He is introduced to audience on Saturday evening, no one knows what he will look like before the day. And poor guy will go up in flames on next Wednesday… c’est la vie! 😛

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At the beginning, they used to drown a personified manikin ; Den Paolig was made of straw and especially created for Carnival from one year to another. Sure, Mardi Gras is the most important day.

Fishermen have ever been the Kings of the celebrations. No Fishery activity meant no income…

In fact, carnival is about a collective opportunity to goof around for some days, how much hard and dangerous was their daily work during mackerel fishery.

Owners of the numerous Bistrots over there 😉 have been part of Festivities from one year to another.  Indeed, Bistrot was the right place where fishermen used to have a drink and some more all together 🙂  even if they were spending too much money in bistrots, They did also contribute to the “pot” dedicated to Carnival organisation.

Carnival was simply Not possible without considering a collective pot!

On Sunday and Monday, single men were in the spotlight and they had to do the Show!, young Demoiselles lurking around! 😉 . On Mardi Gras day, Most of local shops were closed, anyone participated to Festivities…

carnival-dz-music-gig-in-the-street    There is no Carnival without party, good food and Music! Music everywhere ; in the streets, in Bistrots. And that really sounds Great!

Carnival is also the occasion to celebrate les “Noces des Gras” ; weddings of Mardi Gras. It was about to spotlight the youngest couple of the year, through a farce with wedding dressing up and disguises of course! 🙂

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Sure, this Special Event sounds a terrific “Carnival Spirit” in the streets, in the bistrots of Douarnenez.

Yep! and It is Really Unique!!

Regarding Carnivals, for sure, I Never felt such a strong Atmosphere anywhere else in Brittany.

Nowadays, Carnival Les Gras of Douarnenez remains the single Carnival festivities in Brittany France.

That’s all for now Folks! 😉

Enjoy Great Carnival Festivities everywhere you are from! 😛

Breton galettes were invented by The Duchess Anne de Bretagne

Part 1 : HISTORY

Crêpe is derived from the Latin crispus meaning “curled”. Crêpes originated from Brittany, West region of France. Crêpes were originally called Galettes, meaning flat cakes.

Around the 12th century, buckwheat ; Sarrasin was introduced in Brittany and came from Asia via the Crusaders during the 12th century. Buckwheat thrived on the desolate and rocky Breton moors and is called “sarrasin” or “blé noir” (black wheat) due to the dark specs that are often found in it. It is high in fiber and is an excellent plant source of easily digestive protein and contains all eight essential amino acids. Another benefit is that it is gluten free.

Breton galettes were  invented by a particular “Chef Cook”, in the person of The Duchess Anne de Bretagne since early 16th century. As she knew of the fast and natural growth about this Cereal called Sarrasin ; also known as “ the Plant of 100 days growth” , she decided to sow the precious seeds across the Duchy of Brittany. That is the reason why, from that time, the “galette au blé noir” was born and became a Breton speciality.

Bretonne making delicious galettes
vintage french postcard, bretonne in costume making crêpes.

White flour « sweet » crêpes appeared early 20th century when white wheat flour which formerly had been as expensive as sugar, honey or meat, became affordable. White flour crêpes are more thin than buckwheat crêpes, these are made of flour, eggs, sugar, milk, and salted butter.

Crêpes making were cooked on large cast-iron hot plates heated over a wood fire in a fireplace to hot plates.

The batter is spread with a tool known as a rozel and flipped with a spatula. In Brittany, crêpes and galettes are traditionally served with Cider.

Unique Rustic Breton clog bottle holder
To hold that cider, here’s a lovely Carved Wood Breton Folk Shoe Bottle Holder

In the feast of the Candlemas, not only do the French eat a lot of crêpes throughout the year:) and especially on that particular day called Fête de la Chandeleur. On February 2, anyone in France celebrate the Candlemas, Fête de la Chandeleur, Fête de la Lumière, or “jour des crêpes”.  On that day, while making galettes or crêpes, The Breton tradition is that you hold a coin in your writing hand and a crêpe pan in the other, and flip the crêpe into the air. If you manage to catch the crêpe in the pan, your family will be prosperous for the rest of the year. Great news!

chandeleur in Brittany Candlemas feast
antique scene ; the Candlemas festivities, pancake day

 

Part 2 : RECIPE of the Galette
(1g = 0.04oz)
Ingredients :
• 5 cups cold water (1.25 liter – 1 cup equals 250 ml)
• 30 g salt
• 1 kilo buckwheat flour
• 50 g melted salted butter
• butter, extra
• eggs (1 per galette)
• ham (1–2 slices per galette)
• 3 tbsp grated Swiss cheese (per galette)

Instructions :
Place most of the cold water and the salt in a large bowl and stir to blend well. Add buckwheat flour and whisk until the texture of the batter is like a ribbon when you lift the whisk. If necessary, add a little extra water ( please note Salted butter is essential ingredient for delicious flavor).

Mix in salted butter until well incorporated. Cover batter and rest in the fridge for about 4 hours.
Spread enough of the batter in a hot frying pan to cover the base very thinly. When the base is dry, lower heat and rub the top with a piece of extra butter.
Add an egg in the centre and spread the white all over the pancake, keeping the yolk intact. Sprinkle the crêpe with grated cheese and top with a slice or two of ham.

Using a spatula, carefully fold the sides of the crêpe towards the yolk to form a square. Cook for an extra 1–2 minutes and serve.

Et Voilà, Bon Appétit!

breton galette
yummy breton sarrasin galette

 

“Toute une époque!” … Ladies and Gentlemen, Please Welcome Le Dabe

Once upon a Time … The Michel Audiard Style 😛

yeahh! Toute une époque, je vous dis que cela!:)

oh! Le Dabe means The Boss!

Michel Audiard was born in Paris, he was an Excellent, Awesome French screenwriter and film director. (1920-1985)

michel audiard

Cycling was one of his passion 🙂 and he was also an avid reader of the best known authors of French Literature as Emile Zola et Honoré de Balzac.

Late 40s, he joined a Newspaper where he became a film reviewer. He was offered to write several scripts, some lively and hard hitting dialogues which hits quickly the target! Indeed, I also do consider 😉 that Michel Audiard is all about a work of art! 😉 words, expressions and language he wrote and spoke all along his life.

Michel Audiard Style was born!

A clever mix of popular language from street, Paris Bistros…  and of his own literary culture is the consecration of his immense talent.

He Truly Loved people, he enjoyed a lot to get to know people everywhere he went; while sitting on a bench, walking in the street, sitting at a bar in a Paris Bistro…Sure, People is Right and do Recognize Monsieur Audiard as a Mate! As proof, “Funtastic” language the characters are speaking through all movies he collaborated to,  which does still Amaze any viewers of films, still nowadays!

He was one-of-a-kind director, author, screenwriter, dialog writer of his time

Through 50s and 60s, the scenarist was very popular on screens, he usually signed his name or a nickname all films he wrote dialogues.

Comedy and crime movies perfectly served his areas of interests and skills, for a large audience greatest Hope! 🙂

At the same time, He met another great Director writer as Gilles Grangier. This was to be a decisive meeting!

They will collaborate together on 17 films.

Archimède le clochard (1959)

Les Vieux de la vieille (1960)

Le Cave se rebiffe (1961) 

Un Singe en hiver (1962)

Les Tontons flingueurs (1963)

Les Barbouzes, Cent mille dollars au soleil (1964)

and some others!:)

Below several Films Posters of movies he collaborated to :

poisson-davril    melodie-en-sous-sol    maigret-laffaire-st-fiacre  les-vieux-de-la-vieille  les-miserables les-barbouzes le-president le-passe-muraille le-pacha le-cave-se-rebiffe le-baron-de-lecluse garde-a-vue michel audiard movies

here are below some Precious expressions from Michel Audiard,  that I have to translate, and Please, let me tell you, it was not easy at all! because these are metaphorical expressions, anyway, let’s give a try 😉

Whenever a guy weighs 130 kilos tells you something, sorry to tell but the guy who simply weighs 60 kilos just has to Listen with great attention! 🙂

 

Imagine the day where Idiots will be put into orbit, then sure, you are about to orbit over and over!:)

Referring to a Holdup:

Question: How much money we gain? Answer: 20 years in jail, sure Benefit is easy to divide but Reclusion is equally cumulated!:)

 

whenever his gun barrel is deeply pressed into your mouth, Then you are just only able to pronounce vowels! 🙂

 

May the Fools be Happy, as they enable Light to pass through!

about Justice:

Justice is like The Blessed Virgin Mary, if not enable to See Her from time to time, so doubt is inevitable! 🙂

 

As I had a quite long way, dating with dog-eat-dog world, sure, I finally learnt about biting! 🙂

about Piano:

Piano is the Diatonic accordion of Rich people!:)

about Retirement:

To be sure Reaching retirement, ‘better receive pension earlier in life, much better to get pension while alive! ‘coz many can’t afford receiving pension while alive! 🙂

about couple in life:

12 years along sleeping together, but 12 years dreaming apart! 🙂

 

Yes I know ! Beer makes me fat, Yes I know:) I should give up! but, I finally gave up on appearance! 😛

there are so many others … but I’m a bit tired! 😛

Michel Audiard had also to face detractors from the ” inner circle” of french Cinema, during a period when a few reporters announced, proclaimed what they named: “la nouvelle vague” on 50/60s, and he was forced to reply something like: ” New Wave is dead! if you look closely:) it was mostly about a “wave” but not “New”…” 😛

On the crest of his popularity, well much deserved!:) he became a director by late 60’s.

During 70s, the tragic loss of his son caused him to stop in making films. Michel Audiard was a book writer too, and wrote : “La nuit, le jour et toutes les autres nuits” mostly dedicated to his missing son. he was very intrigued with death. He told on a TV Cultural program : ” death is something serious, that is the only sure thing in a man’s life…” Sure, it is.

 After the loss of his son, he got back to write other Dialogs for movies starring in particular the Great 🙂 Jean Paul Belmondo ( called Bébel) in :

 L’ Incorrigible, Le Corps de mon ennemi (1975), L’ Animal (1977), Flic ou voyou (1978) Le Guignolo (1980) ou Le Professionnel (1981)

Early 80’s, he also collaborated with a talented director as Claude Miller, at that time, his dialogs did tend to be more “gloomy” but so touching and Bright in  Garde à vue (1981) and Mortelle randonnée (1983)

His last script was about a pretty nice movie:  La Cage aux folles III directed by Georges Lautner.

Michel Audiard passed away on 1985. He collaborated to more than 110 films! Chapeau l’Artiste!! so Hats off to Môssieur Audiard 😉

Un Grand Merci Cher Monsieur pour tous les Purs moments de Bonheur grâce à vos Films.

Thank you so much Dear Monsieur for precious times and Happiness I’m feeling when I’m watching your movies on TV.

Please just ENJOY! 🙂

that’s all for now Folks!! 😛

 

 

 

 

 

Quiz typically Frenchie

Did you know?

How many unhabitants in France ? More than 66,6 millions on 2016.

 and a birth rate in France : 800 000 on 2015 🙂

 World Record regarding Nobel Prizes : 11 Literature Nobel laureates

the main word used in France is : to be  meaning “être”  and I’m not surprised! lol

What about about the French custom of kissing the cheek?  Depending on French regions, kissing the cheek vary from 1 to 4 kisses, we mostly kiss the cheek a single time in Brittany 🙂

kissing the cheek in France
the boy first is kissing the cheek:)

 

 The French Bikini?

Bikini Swimsuit is French and designed in 1946 by French engineer Louis Réard. He named the swimsuit after Bikini Atoll… Indeed Bikini ( coconut place) is an atoll in the Marshall Islands, one of the test sites for nuclear devices in the 40/50s…  The swimsuit  became extremely popular in the late 50s thanks to a particular movie with Brigitte Bardot in : “And God Created Woman”. Awesome Movie!

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Miss Brigitte Bardot

 Frenchies & Gastronomy Gourmets Passion

Mouth-watering delicacies bring together French people : Terroir wines, menus created by top starred chefs, duck breasts, and the famous chocolate cake with crunchy rind and mellow filling that is served hot with vanilla ice cream on a plate are supposed to be French favorite foods.

Oh! and by the way: 300 million tonnes of  Champagne produced per year. Superb!

french-champagne-bottles
Champagne everybody!?

 

No less than 600 starred gastronomic restaurants all over the country! Magnifique!

 How about a French Parfum ?

Precious French Perfume 🙂  and no less than about 40 million litres of Perfumes produced per year! offering something for everyone!:)

Organic french perfumes
Organic Perfumes

What are French people current Commitments?

Develop Handicrafts, Traditional production methods and handcraft are very developed for some time. and that is a good thing!

some other Great initiatives, as more and more Collective vegetable gardens are created by many people all over the country.

La Marinière : Summer attire Trend or Seamen clothing?

Sailor shirt, the famous white and blue-striped shirt! Sailor shirt was produced in 1858 for seamen. Legend tells that the 21 blue stripes on body part had referred to Napoleon’s Victories. And the 14 blue stripes on sleeves had referred to : “Blue like the ocean and white like foam”well, this last “legend”:) is more poetic! actually, this specific pattern was designed to Help for rescuing seamen whenever they falled overboard.

Miss Coco Chanel was the first woman to wear  “la Marinière”! so many others talented actresses will contribute too, like Audrey Tautou, Brigitte Bardot, etc.

Then, Jean Paul Gaultier ; the great french Fashion designer  enhanced this terrific Marinière all over the world!

JEAN pAUL gAULTIER mARINIERE
the Unique Jean Paul Gaultier

 

That’s all for now Folks! 🙂

Enjoy your Holidays!

 

QUIMPER Faience Made of Fire and Earth

From Daily Life Objects to Art Objects

For over Three centuries, production of earthenware, Faience in Locmaria neighborhood located in Quimper, made known in all over the world the name of Brittany and Quimper. You probably know a lot about Quimper faïencerie. In this article, you may learn a bit more, that is my focus.

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Quimper Henriot Art Faience Factory… some times ago:)

Who started the Initiative?

Brilliant Artists and turners as Messieurs Bousquet, Bellevaux, Caussy, Dumaine, Eloury, Porquet and Henriot are behind the project.

Around 1690, Quimper pottery inherited methods of fabrication from Rouen know-how then from Nevers Pottery.

Indeed, in 1731, Pierre Bousquet and Pierre Bellevaux, both turners, introduced the style of Quimper pottery. A bit later, Pierre Clement Caussy came from Rouen, brought with him the polychrome decoration highly fashionable in the 18th century.

Henriot faïencerie has been established since 1778.

 1870 marked an important date, Alfred Beau artist started a “new collection” featuring quite quickly the famous and well-known “petit Breton”.

Breton peasants in particular were featured. A new typically Breton genre was born. Many scenes of their daily life were depicted, including a wide range of Breton folklore costumes from the four corners of Brittany.

In 1874, Alfred Beau also created a school of ceramic Art dedicated to local women, a place where poor young women from Quimper could learn and probably saved a few money. (such a great idea!), A. Beau was very involved in depicting daily life in Brittany, folklore, history, habits and memories.

quimper-art-faience-petit-breton-plate

 

In the second half of the 19th century, HB & Porquier faienceries asked talented artists to collaborate in order to diversify their  production ranges, indeed, various productions were assimilated too often to Rouen, Moustiers, Nevers Potteries and their highly elaborated style. A few of these reknown artists were Yan’ Dargent , Henry Guihénec, Théophile Deyrolle …

1884 : Jules Henriot inherited of his father’s  factory, this small faïencerie employed  no less than 21 workers around 1860.

Early 20th century, a few others and talented Artists joined Quimper Faïencerie, as Messieurs Pohier, Méheut, Bouchard, Galland, Maillard.

Henriot acquired Porquier pottery in 1913 including all the models, moulds, Biscuits stock…

Note : H.B. Faïencerie means H for Hubaudière and B for Bousquet. Bousquet created the Faïencerie in 1690.

 

What about Marks ?

Due to competition between faïenceries, HB registered trademark in 1882, inspired his main competitor ( Henriot) who signed his creations HR since 1894.

H meant Henriot and R meant Riou (maiden name of his wife). Henriot signed his pieces in a way that did cause too much some confusion, but he finally signed his name Henriot…and he did well! Success was around the corner and became quickly a known worldwide Faïencerie

Even if technology has improved in the last 50 years, the processes of tin-glazed earthenware were preserved and the free course is always left to the creativity of local artists. The firing remains an essential element to the quality of earthenware.

Quimper faience is constantly exporting nowadays all over the world.

Quimper Faïencerie has no less than 750 types, 50 decors and 37 500 models. Whether they be Faience workers or painter or turner, after a Four-year apprenticeship, they all knew of all production steps.

At the beginning, the factory sold their potteries at fairs and at local markets, mainly daily life kitchen utensils, as salting pots, water jugs, bowls, bottles, tiles, flower pots, ornate faience snuffbox …

Why Choose Quimper as a production site?

They simply needed water, clay and wood for firing process. Necessary conditions were fully present in the area. Water Earth and Fire 🙂

Quimper faience is really about a quality craftsmanship in an industrial context, processes of tin-glazed earthenware are still used, applied on white Bisque or Biscuit before final firing. That requires a great ability from painter (peinteur and peinteuse in french) while manipulating and painting pottery all at once.

Sure, they are highly specialised technical competence and rigorous quality process.

Quimper production workshop

 

 

quimper factory new products

 

glazing-process-henriot-quimper-bowl

 

 

Quimper art pottery paintbrushes

 

Important stage of the Firing

Late 19th, they started with bundles of firewood then with charcoal they kept watch day and night, they also wrote few notes in a special diary during firing process. Sometimes, firing results were quite terrible.

Various and repetitive phases of the manufacturing are necessary: sizing and moulding, etc.

About Colours?

Chromatic palette always consisted in using violet manganese, cobalt-blue, copper green, antimony yellow pigments, other colors have been added a bit later.

Keep in mind that each piece was and is exclusively handpainted by one single painter.

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What a Living Art Faience indeed!:)

Nowadays, up to fifty people work in the faïencerie. Always looking for a new line, They still go on collaborating with fresh and various designers and  offer a wide range of ceramic jewelry, Faience Art objects in limited edition.

Quimper HB Henriot is still alive. Over 3 centuries-long Tradition, Creations will definitely adapt and evolve with the business.

There might be a trending in the near future, a return to basics as with white Biscuit faience.

Quimper FaïencerieS

A Ceramics Engineer named Victor Lucas Joined Henriot pottery in 1922. Victor lucas founded his own Faïencerie in 1946 named KERALUC faïencerie. He died in 1958. Several talented artists joined him as Messieurs Pierre TULHOAT, René QUERE, Jo LE CORRE, Paul YVAIN…

Victor Lucas claimed during inauguration :

« In Keraluc Faïencerie, we will focus on a Living Art place, let’s leave behind us  “pastiches” and “previously seen before” creations, we aim to let all artists improving their right to express their views, all together inspired by the same Faith , we’ll  work with passion and for the love of a well made work.”

That’s very well said! 😉

Unfortunately, Keraluc Faïencerie closed up in 1984. Since 1960s, Pol Lucas and sisters dedicated their lives to the faïencerie until 1984. So, HB Henriot Faïencerie purchased Keraluc models, now, they own Keraluc trademark.

Another Famous artist named Paul Fouillen joined HB Faïencerie in 1922 as peinteur. He learnt fast and easy all processes, so that, he finally created his own models ;  Art Deco style.  Paul Fouillen, art ceramist founded his Famous Faïencerie in 1929. His creations dating from mid-century are still Modern even nowadays. He died in 1958. His son Maurice did take part a lot in the factory.

Keraluc and Fouillen Faïenceries are my Favorite Quimper Faience Artistic Creations.

Many people often argue that the “Most Beautiful” Quimper faience pieces would be part of Museum and of private collections only… oh! sure?

Considering that each piece is Unique handmade & hand painted.  I like to think that any other Quimper faience objects produced for many years, are also beautiful pieces anywhere they are in the World.

Merci à Vous for having a look.

Quimper pottery Collection
Quimper Faïencerie collection Floral Arrangement

You are welcome to browse some eclectic and sometimes:) Rare Vintage objects from our QUIMPER collection 😉

 

a wide range of Quimper Faience art objects

 

quimper-faienceries petit breton
Quimper faïenceries Petit Breton peasant man

 

 

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Quimper faïencerie petite bretonne peasant woman

 

 

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petit breton yellow octagonal plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

unusual vintage Quimper Henriot Knife Rest Pair with mention Henriot Quimper France

 

 

 

 

 

antique HB Quimper Modern Movement figural double salt, breton farmer (19th) wearing typical costume

 

vintage Quimper HB unusual cake serving dish, plate with handles

 

 

 

 

 

Quimper HB pedestal soupiere, faience Vintage Soup lidded Bowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Beautiful Quimper HB oyster plate Multicoloured traditional flowers and blue dots

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awesome Art Pottery by Keraluc & Fouillen Faïenceries available soon in our shop:

vintage Red burgundy Teapot by Keraluc Quimper
Red burgundy Teapot by Keraluc Quimper

 

keraluc Quimper Faience
Keraluc Quimper petit breton jug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Fouillen Quimper Faience
amazing Fouillen artwork pottery jug
Quimper Fouillen artwork
Quimper art pottery Fouillen gres dishes set

Cheese embodies History and Terroir and reflects the Frenchies

Vintage French Cheese Boards, Cheese plates Trays platters

France is the country that consumes the most cheese, that produces and exports the most Cheese too.

Nowadays, many French bistrots are dedicated to this pillar of gastronomy, and their owners suggest all the dishes on the menu based on various Cheese Origins. Another original approach to meet the needs of a new generation of customers.

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Yummy display of Finest cheeses

Did you know?

1 600 various cheeses! what?:) Charles De Gaulle himself called France : The country of the 300 cheeses, but it was quite some time ago, right?:)

That means, Every year, thousands of people consume around 26 kilos of fromage per person which represents the world’s largest Cheese consumption.

Indeed, France offers a rich and varied range of cheeses!

French Terroir Cheeses
delicious cheese with character

The Best one?

According to a recent study, so far, Camembert is one of the most famous cheeses in the world, and naturally the most appreciated in France. (oh! wait a minute:), I personally do prefer Goat and sheep cheeses!).

On average France produces 2 million tonnes of cheese per year and an average of 35 % are consumed out of France, despite refusal of several countries to import French cheese, due to cheese made with raw milk. They had attempted to make imports of French cheeses made from raw milk subject to stringent hygiene regulations… well, to each his own!:)

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Fromages of Normandy, enjoy a unique experience!:)

How to match your cheese and wine?

Cheese platter is often accompanied by a red wine, but according to “Specialists”, that is not always the perfect match. Contrary to popular belief, in most cases white wines are better adapted to cheese than red wines.

That is true with Blue cheese and goat 🙂

However Beaujolais and the Côtes du Rhône red wines match quite well with most of Cheese variety.

red and white wine with range of cheeses

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Cheese is often referred to  high calory and fat!

So Right! However, cheese offers essential nutrients, such protein, calcium, and phosphorus. The idea is: benefit of a moderate consumption! 🙂

What about seasonality?

As do fruits and vegetables, seasonal availability is also observed. Brie, Gruyere and Roquefort’s  Taste flavor and aromas varies seasonally.

Spring: considered as a great season, the animals graze on natural pasture, spring is considered as the Goat season.

Summer: the best period for Camemberts, Saint-Nectaire plenty of flavor, rich of aromas.

Autumn: perfect for blue cheese, goats and many others thanks to maturation cheese.

Winter: Depending of the lenght of maturing periods, Semi-hard and Hard cheese as Emmental, Comté, Beaufort, Cantal, Tome are priviligied, winter is not really the right season according to some “experts’ taste”.

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Bread and Cheese platter from France Terroir
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cheese market dairy shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

In France, many producers have issued regulations on the use of the AOC designation and defined the production areas as well as the authorized blends.

The French protect the trade names of their cheeses and any other country elsewhere in the world would like to do the same.

Our neighbouring countries produce also fabulous cheese from Great Terroir Origin. “La France n’a pas le monopole!” France has not a monopoly on Cheeses Terroirs! Let that be clearly noted and understood 😉

 Please note: While typing post, I have to confess how much I have my mouth-watering looking at pictures I added to article!:),  now I’m really hungry! and would like to eat the whole range of Cheese platter on pictures above…

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French porcelain platter and assorted plates Cheese terroir map

 

What about Cheese serving plates and platters? 😉
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a wide range of Cheese boards, cheese serving plates, trays and platters available in our etsy store.

 

 

 

here are below a few Cheese boards, Cheese serving plates, trays and platters from our etsy shop vintagefindsfrance :

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French Cheese Board Pink Vallauris, ceramic plate Floral design, Handpainted Wall Art Hanging Platefrench-cheese-board-majolica-vallauris-ceramic-plate-wicker-straw-red-poppy-decor

 

 

 

 

 

 

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et Voilà!:)

oh by the way, whole grain bread accompanies marvelously many Cheeses.

For some time, more and more French people would eat cheese at breakfast and it is considered as healthy eating habits. I do agree, but to me, preferably during winter though, mais je ne sais pourquoi! 🙂

Enjoy some of our Finest Cheeses Made in France.:)

 

 

 

Miss Brittany contest, and the winner is Bélon Flat Oyster

Brittany in France  provides nearly 60,000 tons of oysters which is nearly 50% of the French oyster production.

Almost all of the flat oyster in France – 2,000 tons produced in Brittany, including the famous Belon (Huître plate de Bélon ; Ostrea edulis) oysters and Cancale; a High symbol of the local gastronomy. The Breton oyster, flat or hollow, besides its gastronomic value, is especially rich in elements which sustain good health. Oyster per 100 grams contains: 400% of the daily requirement in vitamin B12, 70% of the iodine and iron we need every day, 75% of vitamin A, 50% vitamin D etc … and this for only 70 calories per 100 grams. healthy diet, as well as being an excellent ingredient for high-class gastronomy Gourmets.

 

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In fact the flat oyster is the genuine oyster of France, since only the descendant of the prehistoric men, then Roman and Gallic gathered wild on our shores. And just before that these same Romans who were particularly fond of oysters only manage to develop culture,  without any success!

The famous Belon oysters can reach impressive dimensions, if we leave them grow in the rich coastal waters. “Pied de cheval” so-called “horse’s hoof” is a huge Belon which weight can vary from a few 200 grams to 500 grams. Bélon oysters are great taste because Its ripening gives it a delicate hazelnut taste!

It is very popular and mainly used by Gastronomy Breton chefs, like by many others Chef cook elsewhere in France.

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Brittany North, from Mont Saint-Michel to Brest does Not produce natural seed,  that is to say small oysters right from the egg and fixed haphazardly on the walls of Other harvesting . Seed supply mainly provided from South Brittany, then from Marennes and Arcachon. The most famous flat certainly remains the “Cancale”, another star of the gastronomy from Brittany seas, whose annual production is around 1,000 tons.

The production of oyster In Brittany may vary depending of the weather. It can also decrease significantly as a result of exceptional circumstances or illness, as was the case in the past, plus due to oil tanker pollution!

Brittany remains so far the first French oyster region, as well as the most famous in gastronomy, with twice the production of North Normandy and North Sea regions, and second only to Marenne oyster as third.

The Kingdom of oyster parks provide the most prestigious Oyster aquaculture, or farming of France. In this way, the Aven-Belon, the Paimpol or the Cancale oysters are just as famous as the most prestigious classified Bordeaux Grands Crus, thus, recognized as a jewel of French gastronomy too, for years.

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Typical Breton forms of oyster crates

Regarding us, The harvest of oysters starts towards at the end of December until June more or less. We know a place where are growing yummy hollow Oysters, that we can pick up on our own, and sure, we enjoy them a lot! including our little miss foxie:)

miss foxie and oyster tasting

Many French Oyster Bar restaurants feature Breton Oysters on their menus, various Seafood speciality platters, served with a fine Muscadet wine.

Bonne dégustation! Enjoy the tasting!                                     yummy-belon-oysters-from-brittany

 

here are few Oyster serving plates and platters you will enjoy, available in our shop,

thank you to check often our new vintage goods,  and for stopping by:)

collection of Antique, Vintage French Oyster plates                        Longchamp pottery Oyster Plates made in France set of Fourfrench pottery various kind of vintage oyster plates, platters


vintage Quimper seafood plate

 

 

Paris Les Halles, the Perfect Food Market

Les halles de Paris. Originally Dating of 12th century where it stayed for over 8 centuries until the move to Rungis on 1969. Fantastic food market place. For many years, the Halles Market was Full of fruits and vegetables coming from vegetables producers based around Paris. Many producers arrived with their horse carriage loaded with good products. Then, several kind of productions were provided by producers based from the four corners of France ; as Breton and norman butters, provincial peaches, various and yummy cheeses…

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antique scene of the halles de Paris

Daily Life at the Halles was considered as an active merchant place, a precious neighbourhood life for so many people, a mutual knowledge of everybody within the community.

The well known Emile Zola depicted daily life at Les Halles in the 19th century. Rich and Poor people met daily at the Halles of Paris.

Did you know?

By late 19th, merchants at the halles used to “ring the bell” : Sonner la Cloche.

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Vintage French Porcelain table bell with French mention “à table!”

but what is it about?

it has been the practice for most of merchants to ring a bell ; meaning “Sonner la cloche”. It was about to announce the beginning and the end of the sales each passing day. Many customers knew of the practice, and the neediest too. So that, the Poorest people came at the market daily, obviously at the end of sales, so right away at the sound of the bell,  in order to get some “leftover” food and various unsold goods.  Nowadays, a french Bistrot restaurant in Paris called their fine bistrot ” à la cloche des halles” in memory of the halles de Paris.

The word “Clochard”  is a derivative of Cloche (bell) pointing out the neediest.

From these past days, the Clochard or tramp was not considered or associated with marginal status, maladjustment, asociality. So as to fully understand the life and mindset of a Clochard in this time period, from early 20th here, a famous French movie named : ARCHIMEDE LE CLOCHARD is a Must to look at:). Performed by Gilles Grangier, featuring Jean GABIN, Darry COWL, Bernard BLIER, Jacqueline MAILLAN. The screen writer was Michel Audiard.  He was, he is still the  famous French satirical poet. we miss him a lot.

many scenes in the movie were shot at The Halles on 1958. this is One of my favorite French movies starring Jean GABIN. Such a clever script,  amazing and funny movie. This guy Archimède:) is a True lovely one,  well, c’était la belle époque! 😉 Indeed, the main character chose his Way of Life in society, he was a cultured person, at last but not at least, he was simply HAPPY in life …

Archimède, le clochard Year: 1959 Director: Gilles Grangier Jean Gabin
Jean Gabin the Unique
Archimède, le clochard Year: 1959 Director: Gilles Grangier Jean Gabin, Jacqueline Maillan
archimede le clochard, full movie in french version via youtube
Archimède, le clochard Year: 1959 Director: Gilles Grangier Jean Gabin
Archimède, le clochard
Year: 1959
Director: Gilles Grangier
Jean Gabin

 

 

Some time ago, most of merchants at the halles who owned a French Bistrot used to cook the famous “Soupe à l’oignon” meaning onion soup.

It was very popular, and even nowadays, many Parisian bistrots enjoy cooking onion soup at… 5 am!  they invite their merchants mates to join this particular breakfast:) just before starting the day at Les Halles, just before Ringing the bell… have a great day all!

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Brown Glazed Onion soup ceramic crocks Lion head handles

 

 Glazed brown tan soup crocks, Onion soup french Bowls
Stoneware Onion Soup bowls with french mention soupe à l’oignon

Parisian onion soup Recipe is particularly cooked with thinly sliced onions, they add “pot au feu” (stew) juice prepared the day before (important note, the juice must date of the day before because it is very rich of flavors), then they add stale bread rubbed with fresh garlic, and finally grated gruyere :), at last,  the whole is poured into a vintage:) earthenware terrine for baking in the oven a few minutes.

Yep! and really Yummy!  alors, bon appétit.

Antique & Vintage French Cafe au lait bowls made in France

French Praise of Coffee : an excerpt of a french book dating from 18th

”  If you want to live without trouble, Living healthy, Seven Days of the week,Take good coffee : It preserves you from disease, its virtue drive out, la Migraine and inflammation, Cold and melancholy.
Its strength is unrivaled, Against feeling sick ; The pineal gland finds its force from it ; When you put milk healed chest,
In the blood it will strengthen its circulation.
In the entire machine […] It opens up ideas For the most learned Authors And provides thoughts To the great preachers:
The fibers of the brain are awakened by it, And the memory has The traces of a Sermon, Much better printed  ” !

I agree with this… with a Good coffee origin though. what’s your feeling ?

A bit of History about the french café au lait : The French, quite quickly, added water, milk and Sugar: “The coffee, in the 18th century became the object of a veritable madness to the Court and in the city, nobles, bourgeois or craftsmen, everyone wanted a petit dejeuner with a cup of coffee with milk. Gourmets used to put on the stove a pint of milk, once simmer, they mingled one shot of coffee powder andlet boil for half an hour, stirring the mixture constantly. It was necessary then to let it rest and it is clearly drawing to ten or twelve hours. Then warmed in water bath at low fire, and they could drink it. ”   

Indeed, they were very patient ! 🙂

At the end of the 18th century, all classes of society were consuming latte : Most women of Paris, even those of the least classes easy, breakfast now with this fruit native of India, which was not known in France two hundred years ago, this taste won the countryside where farmers took coffee also.

And through early 19th century, someone wrote:

“The coffee mixed with milk became a food essential, even for the less wealthy.What man early riser who has not seen in the streets of Paris itinerant coffee merchant or stationary, and the working classes taking up their economic moka ? Are you running to the capital, your sense of smell savoring here and there exhaled the sweet smell of the coffee roaster limonadier or grocer. Tuck yourself at home, you are still fragrant incense when he spreads powder leaves the mill where it has just been crushed; either milk or cream water, coffee has become essential today for all classes of society.”

A  french cafe au lait bowl is still a must in France, starting the day having a decent petit déjeuner.

Surely,  a nice gift to anyone. Size, colors, patterns, material manufactured in the past make them Unique and Rare. 

  • Pay attention to handwash only coffee bowls, these bowls can’t be used into microwave too.

Vintage cafe au lait bowls, French cafe au lait, Coffee Latte Bowls, Coffee Lug Bowls Gien, Badonviller, Sarreguemines, Digoin

Vintage Antique French cafe au lait bowls, Coffee Latte Bowls from France
café au lait bowls made in france
various porcelain and ceramics french vintage coffee bowls made in France
an eclectic collection of french vintage cafe au lait bowls