The Musée Départemental Breton of Quimper !!

Again, one of my favorite cities of my lovely Bretagne, this is  Quimper. This for me is a must to know the traditions, history and folklore of Bretagne . Again, I have several posts on the City but fell the museum needed more and as found me more pictures not yet in my blog, this is it. Therefore, once again the musée départemental Breton de Quimper !!  One of the best museum I have gone in, and have done my share. An example of what the deep France can do better than Paris. Hope you enjoy the post as I.


quimper musee dept breton courtyard main ent feb13

I am not going to tell again on the history and description of the museum but just a bit on the layout, This is the Departamental Breton Museum of Quimper !!



The following rooms on the ground floor are dedicated to the arts of the Middle Ages and Roman capitals 12C; and the tombstone of Grallon de Kervastar 14C; bas-reliefs with angels 15C, etc., Renaissance such as the mausoleum lying of the knight Troïlus of Mondragon, around 1550; Holy Trinity with Angels musicians early 16C, etc. , and classical and baroque periods such as the set of church sculpture; mausoleum of Yves Le Bervet du Parc by the sculptor Roland Doré 17C etc. Two large stained glass windows from the 16C bear witness to the double influence of Italian and Germanic   on stained glass art during the Breton Renaissance of the 16C and 17C. A display case is reserved for the monetary treasury of Saint-Pol-de-Léon, a set of 14C gold coins presented with the terracotta money boxes in which it has come down to us. The art of goldsmithing is represented by pieces from the 15C like a book-reliquary, 16C of Quimper silver and vermeil cup, and 17-18C such as wedding cups, etc.

On the second level, first floor ,the four rooms of the former bishop’s suite 18C have retained their original paneling and parquet. They are dedicated to costumes from Finistère in the 19-20C. Thirty models present a selection of clothing styles from the Pays Bigouden, Pays de Quimper, Pays de Fouesnant, Douarnenez, etc. and their ornamentation like embroidery, lace, jewelry, etc. This section also contains a collection of works by sculptors and painters, observers of costumes and traditions from Finistère to the 19-20C such as sculptures, and paintings , etc.  Two other rooms, one of which located in the Rohan tower is decorated with 18C frescoes, retracing the evolution of furniture and woodcarving from the 15C to the 20C: sculptures of facades of medieval houses, Renaissance table, chests and fronts of chests, linen press, wedding cupboards, dresser, closed bed, etc. The section also includes examples of modern Breton furniture developed in the interwar period.

On the third level,second floor,  the section devoted to Quimper earthenware offers a collection whose constitution began in the middle of the 19C and has never stopped since: luxury earthenware from the 18C, pottery and popular earthenware from the 18C ,19C and 20C, diversity of learned styles after 1870, botanical decorations and invention of decorations with Breton characters. A set of display cases is devoted to the renewal of ceramic art in Quimper during the period between the two world wars.

The official Breton departamental museum:

The Quimper tourist office on the Breton departamental museum :

The city of Quimper on the Breton departamental museum:

There you go folks ,a superb museum that must be visited to know the history of Bretagne more so than France. This is a wonderful site in a very lively and pretty district of Quimper. You will love coming to see the Musée Départemental Breton of Quimper !!  Again, hope you enjoy the post as i

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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