A beautiful antique French confit pot from southwest France with stunning timeworn, pitted patination and crackled green and yellow glaze. See the photos to note the deep crackles throughout the glaze and rustic exposed clay on edges of the rim. This classic French confit pot dates from the late nineteenth century and has a pretty 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.
Today, this stunning piece is a lovely way to add a touch of Provence to your interiors or to enhance an existing collection of French pottery. If using for flowers, we recommend placing a container inside the pot first in case of condensation.
Condition and wear consistent with age and use.
Approx. overall 11¾" high x 11¾" wide w/ handles 9¾" deep
Approx. overall 30cm high x 30cm wide w/ handles 25cm deep