A collection of twelve terracotta bottles from Normandy. They have a very sculptural quality about them as they are handmade. They were originally used for serving water and wine at the dining table or when working in the fields. This stunning collection will complement both modern and classic interiors.
Translated from French from 'Traditional ceramics from Normandy', Francois Toumit.
Common name: Long bottle Origin: Workshops of Ger (Manche), Mortainais or Domfrontais. Material: Clay from the Goulande sandstone quarry (La Haute-Chapelle and Saint-Gilles-des-Marais / Orne) Manufacturing: Turning with a stick lathe. Cooked at 1280°C in a wood oven. Glazed terracotta showing traces of cooking. Shape: Elongated without handle. It presents several variants (cf. G. Clouet and F. Radigue, Domfrontais pottery file test, 1977) : Type 1 bottle . Inherited from models dating from the 18th century, it is meticulously crafted and has two rings on its neck. Some have debossed marks on the shoulder, usually the initials of the master potters, but for some they are geometric symbols at the base of the bottle. Half pint (pint) and pint models.
Condition and wear consistent with age and use.
Average 11¾" high x 2¾" each
Average 30cm high x 7cm each