This classic French confit pot is from south-west France and dates from the late nineteenth century. It has a lovely yellow-brown glaze and handles. Note the pretty tapered base that is unglazed.
Confit pots were half-glazed for two reasons. Firstly to stop rodents from being able to grip onto the surface of the pot and help themselves to the contents. Secondly, they were glazed inside and the top half of the outside to keep the pot cool through evaporation. Pots were often buried in the ground of the cellar to preserve the contents - usually meat that was sealed with a layer of fat.
Condition and wear consistent with age and use.
Approx. overall 7" high x 7" wide w/ handles x 5½" diameter externally
Approx. overall 18cm high x 18cm wide w/ handles x 14cm diameter externally