This lovely petite, time-worn antique French confit pot is from south-west France and dates from the late nineteenth century. It has a lovely ochre-yellow demi glaze. 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. It would make a delightful addition to a collection of French pottery.
Condition and wear consistent with age and use.
Approx. overall 6¾" high x 6" diameter
Approx. overall 17cm high x 15cm diameter