Signed by the artist Hélène Gallet (1905-1977) and part of a limited collection of only twenty plates from the twentieth century, this lovely set of ten glazed earthenware plates with hand-painted anchors from the celebrated pottery town of Quimper, France, is a perfect souvenir for those nautical at heart.
Quimper is a charming town in Brittany celebrated for its pottery dating back to the seventeenth century. The town's close proximity to rivers made it well-situated to establish pottery as a main pursuit. As indicated by the inscriptions on the reverse side of each plate, Hélène Gallet was part of the pottery atelier known as Les Dauphins.
More about the artist:
Hélène Gallet was a French twentieth-century artist born on February 16, 1905, in Le Havre, a major port city in the Seine-Maritime department in the Normandy region of northern France. Inspired by the sea, she was known for her landscape paintings and exhibited at various group exhibitions, mainly in the Paris Salons. Spanning mediums of art from painting to ceramics to poster art as well as spending part of her career as an artistic magazine director, Hélène Gallet crossed the twentieth century with discretion and talent. (Excerpts from Benezit guide, 2006, and other sources online).
Approx. overall 8¾" diameter, 1¼" deep
Approx. overall 22cm diameter, 3cm deep