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BANNERS

LE MINOR BANNERS

The history of the LE MINOR company and the banners for religious processions is a story that began 60 years ago. It was in 1953 that the first banner was produced in the LE MINOR workshops. This banner was ordered by the parish of Locronan and was dedicated to Saint Corentin. The design for this banner was created by artist Pierre Toulhoat.

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EGLISE DE LOCRONAN - PIERRE TOULHOAT, 1953
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BASILIQUE DE SAINTE-ANNE D'AURAY - ANDRE BOULER, 1954

The LE MINOR banners were truly revolutionary when they came into being, first because of their colors, the backgrounds as well as the embroidery threads, and also because of the story they told. Up to that point, all of the saints portrayed were practically identical – only their names were changed – whereas for its banners, LE MINOR called on artists who told a story in their designs. For example, on the pilgrimage banner of the diocese of Quimper, placed around Saint Corentin is the cathedral of Quimper, the King Gradlon on his horse, and a fish, the symbol of Saint Corentin.

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EGLISE DE PONT-L'ABBE - ANDRE BOULER, 1956
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EGLISE DE SAINT-SIMILIEN, NANTES - PIERRE TOULHOAT, 1965

The LE MINOR banners were truly revolutionary when they came into being, first because of their colors, the backgrounds as well as the embroidery threads, and also because of the story they told. Up to that point, all of the saints portrayed were practically identical – only their names were changed – whereas for its banners, LE MINOR called on artists who told a story in their designs. For example, on the pilgrimage banner of the diocese of Quimper, placed around Saint Corentin is the cathedral of Quimper, the King Gradlon on his horse, and a fish, the symbol of Saint Corentin.

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EGLISE DE SAINT-JEAN-DU-DOIGT - JOS LE CORRE, 1965
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EVECHE DE QUIMPER - PIERRE TOULHOAT, 1988

These artists – Pierre Toulhoat, André Bouler, Jos Le Corre, Patrick Camus, Jean Renault, Guillaume Moullec, Patrice Cudennec, Bruno Le Floch, Jakez Derouet, Claude Huart, among others – created and still create emblems definitively contemporary which illustrate the life of the saints and of their parish, using Breton decorative elements. They superbly combine historical and religious heritage with traditional Breton style. The LE MINOR banners are truly Breton banners, because they allow artists to express their talent and the embroiderers to demonstrate all of their savoir-faire.

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CHAPELLE DE LOCADOUR A KERVIGNAC - PIERRE TOULHOAT, 1991
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EGLISE DE GUIMILIAU - PIERRE TOULHOAT, 1992

These artists – Pierre Toulhoat, André Bouler, Jos Le Corre, Patrick Camus, Jean Renault, Guillaume Moullec, Patrice Cudennec, Bruno Le Floch, Jakez Derouet, Claude Huart, among others – created and still create emblems definitively contemporary which illustrate the life of the saints and of their parish, using Breton decorative elements. They superbly combine historical and religious heritage with traditional Breton style. The LE MINOR banners are truly Breton banners, because they allow artists to express their talent and the embroiderers to demonstrate all of their savoir-faire.

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EGLISE DE GUERLESQUIN - PATRICK CAMUS, 1997
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CHAPELLE DU GIAUDET A LANRIVAIN - 2006

These works are the creations of four hands, where the embroiderer follows the artist, both being aware of the value of the work produced from the bond of working together. From the original model to the finished embroidered work, negotiations for the choice of colors, threads, and stitches are sometimes touchy between the experienced artisan embroiderer and the meticulous artist who wishes the final product to be as close as possible to the original design. But when the artist gives the artisan embroiderer the freedom to interpret the design, the best works of art are the result. 

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CHAPELLE DE LANNELEC, PLEYBEN - JAKEZ DEROUET, 2008
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EGLISE DE PLONEVEZ-DU-FAOU - ANNE QUEFFELEC, 2008

These works are the creations of four hands, where the embroiderer follows the artist, both being aware of the value of the work produced from the bond of working together. From the original model to the finished embroidered work, negotiations for the choice of colors, threads, and stitches are sometimes touchy between the experienced artisan embroiderer and the meticulous artist who wishes the final product to be as close as possible to the original design. But when the artist gives the artisan embroiderer the freedom to interpret the design, the best works of art are the result. 

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CHAPELLE SAINT-FIACRE, PLOUHINEC (56) - JAKEZ DEROUET, 2012
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EGLISE DE LA TURBALLE - JAKEZ DEROUET, 2012

You can discover these banners by making a pilgrimage across Brittany: in the chapels and churches from Perros-Guirec in the Côtes d'Armor, passing through Guimiliau in Finistère and Kervignac in the Morbihan, and going all the way to Saint Similien in Nantes. To date, forty-four banners have come out the LE MINOR ateliers. Truly the LE MINOR workshop in Pont L'Abbé is the most important specialist in banners in Brittany and one of the few remaining in France.

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CHAPELLE DE SAINTE-ANNE-LA-PALUD A PLONEVEZ-PORZAY - DOMINIQUE PASSAT, 2013
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CHAPELLE DE SAINTE-ANNE-LA-PALUD A PLONEVEZ-PORZAY - DOMINIQUE PASSAT, 2013

You can discover these banners by making a pilgrimage across Brittany: in the chapels and churches from Perros-Guirec in the Côtes d'Armor, passing through Guimiliau in Finistère and Kervignac in the Morbihan, and going all the way to Saint Similien in Nantes. To date, forty-four banners have come out the LE MINOR ateliers. Truly the LE MINOR workshop in Pont L'Abbé is the most important specialist in banners in Brittany and one of the few remaining in France.