How much value does pottery plate serve up?
Question: I have just begun to collect old pottery plates with interesting designs. Recently, I found this charming plate at a garage sale. The owner knew nothing about it. I paid $10. The initials “HB,” in black, are on the front and back. Can you tellme the age and country of origin as well as whomade it? Is it a “discovery”?
Answer: You have a great discovery. Your plate is known as “Quimper” (pronounced “kem-pair”). It is tin-glazed earthenware and was made in the late 19th century in Brittany, France.
The peasant-man-and-woman motif was so popular that it has never stopped being made. Considered as a form of folk art, the design decorates hundreds of items, including tiles, inkwells, figures and candles.
Over the years, there have been a variety ofmarks. Knowing them helps to date the piece. For example, the initials “HB” date to the 1890s. “HB” in a triangle dates to 1898. “HR” and the word “Quimper” in script date from 1895 to 1922. After 1922, the mark changed to “Henriot, Quimper.”
Authentic period plates, such as yours, can bring as much as $450 at a specialty shop.
To learn about your antique, send a photo, along with its history, size, any signatures and a selfaddressed stamped envelope and $25, to Anne Gilbert, P.O. Box 740136, Boynton Beach, FL 33437.
This plate could be worth up to $450 in a specialty shop.