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 covered terrines ; farm animals shaped, mainly for 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 was 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:
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
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 Faience 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…
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! 😛
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