"White Quimper Earthenware Handkerchief Baby By Berthe Savigny - Hb Quimper - Brittany"White earthenware from the HB Quimper factory. Around 1930. Light restoration invisible at a corner of the terrace.
Berthe Savigny (1882-1958): was born in Quimper. His father was a wine and spirits merchant but also an enlightened amateur painter. He was a friend of Gauguin, Appolinaire and Max Jacob. It is therefore in this artistic universe that Berthe Savigny grew up. Besides, his brothers and sisters all embraced an artistic career as did his nephews. The best known is undoubtedly Pierre De Belay, his younger brother. Reached a partial deafness due to an accident, the practice of art allowed him to break this isolation. It was the success of these famous babies that in 1926 brought him into contact with the Manufacture HB. In 1939 the Manufacture tried to contract Berthe Savigny, but never succeeded due to lack of agreement on the latter. This did not prevent the Manufacture from publishing various models in series, the artist retaining ownership of his works. Berthe Savigny, like her younger brother, were pure autodidacts. She was not confined to modeling, she painted a lot, even if this facet of her is less known. She had a rich artistic life, working in collaboration with her painter and poet friend Emile Bernard (figure from the Pont-Aven school). If many works represent children, she does not neglect the landscapes, the still lifes and the scenes of the daily life. His style is imbued with great tenderness and sensitivity. After his death in 1958 his nephew Paul Alexandre Savigny Trognée continued to perpetuate the work of his aunt in his Parisian workshop. Since 2001, the Breton art faience factory publishes, in collaboration with the family, four models of the artist.