Originally used for cooking, this beautiful and weighty nineteenth-century copper braising pan, or daubière hails from the end of the nineteenth / early twentieth century. France. The daubière is the modern (that is, late nineteenth-century) version of the seventeenth-century (and earlier) braisière, a lidded pan used for cooking stews or braising meats in a fireplace in a manner that mimics cooking of an oven.
The braisière would be nested into the fire embers, and hot coals would be added atop the tightly fitted lid to create an equal distribution of heat from the top and bottom of the pan, much like an oven. This technique allowed for the contents to braise over the course of hours, softening the meat and melding the flavors. The long iron handle allows for easy transport in and out of the fire. The tall iron handle on the lid allows ample room to safely lift the lid with your cloth or oven mitt without risk of touching the hot material below. Today, this would be the perfect piece to add to a collection of kitchen copper for a touch of French charm in your home.
Approx. overall 10¼" high x 15¼" wide x 12¼" deep
Approx. overall 26cm high x 39cm wide x 31cm deep