Large French Provencal earthenware confit pot - olive green glaze 7½"

SKU: 17903


A beautifully glazed and rare green earthenware Provencal confit pot dating from the end of the nineteenth century. See detail photos to observe the lovely olive green demi glaze. Note the two handles and lovely tapered base that is unglazed. Confit pots were half-glazed for two reasons. Firstly to stop rodents 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.

Terracotta was the ideal material to use as it absorbs moisture and has a cooling quality allowing the cool earth to reach the meat inside. Today, these charming pieces are a lovely way to add a touch of Provence to your space or to enhance an existing collection of French pottery. If using for flowers, be sure to place a container inside the pot first. Note very minor chips to glaze as seen in photos.

Condition and wear consistent with age and use.
Approx. overall 7½" high x 9" wide w/ handles x 6¾" deep
Approx. overall 19cm high x 23cm wide w/ handles x 17cm deep

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