Dating from the late nineteenth-century, this is a rare, tall water pitcher for large volumes of water. It is probably from Saint-Jean-de-Fos. They were glazed on the top half to keep the water cool inside, as well as to stop little creatures from climbing inside. A superb piece to display with a collection of antique French pottery. Similar to a pichet de barque but with the top open rather than half closed.
See similar example in Poteries d’Eaux, page 74.
Amouric, Henri, et al. Poteries d’eaux: Les Eaux de La Terre, Du Corps et Du Ciel: Exposition, Aubagne, Chapelle Des Pénitents Noirs, 16 Juin-16 Septembre 2007. Lucie Éd., 2008.
Approx. overall 14½" high x 9¾" with handle & beak 7" diameter at base
Approx. overall 37cm high x 25cm with handle & beak 18cm diameter at base