Five Antique French Confit Pots. Kitchen Planters/ Utensil Storage Jars.
This is a set of FIVE fabulous antique, early 1900's, French confit pots. They are gorgeous accent pieces for a period kitchen / rustic farmhouse. Excellent for storing kitchen utensils or as planters for herbs.
These pots have personality!
Dating from the early 1900's; they are handmade and therefore have a charming, slightly uneven, surface texture and rough glaze style.
Hand thrown, they have all the original clay marks, and undulations - fabulously charming and unique!
These pots are in excellent condition.
The bottoms haves "edge nibbles", a rough texture and a few "'grazes"' but nothing serious. They have flaws and gouges that were present at the firing and glazing stages, but no chips or cracks post firing. The handle of the largest pot has two tiny grazes, I have photographed them in the last photo for you.
All still perfectly watertight, they are utterly charming, with their "dints" and "indentations".
They are all glazed on the inside, a couple of them have the beginnings of "aged hairline crackle" to the glazes. They are all perfectly clean and useable, some are dis-coloured and slightly stained from years of genuine use in French provincial kitchens, which is desirable for that "aged to perfection" patina!
Their earthy colours makes them the perfect accessory for French provincial interiors.
Original and authentic.
The largest pot is huge, weighing 1.8kgs/ 4 lbs. It stands 17cms/ 6¾" tall, is 18cms/ 7" diameter (at the base) 24cms/ 9½" wide to the handle. The opening is 14cms/ 5½".
The second pot weighs 1.1kgs/ 2.4 lbs. It stands 13cms/ 5¼" tall, is 14cms/ 5½" diameter (at the base) 19cms/ 7½" wide to the handle. The opening is 12.5cms/ 5".
The third pot weighs 900gms/ 2 lbs. It stands 12.5cms/ 5" tall, is 13.5cms/ 5½" diameter (at the base) 19cms/ 7½" wide to the handle. The opening is 11cms/ 4¼".
The fourth pot weighs 600gms/ 1.3 lbs. It stands 10cms/ 4" tall, is 11cms/ 4¼" diameter (at the base) 15cms/ 6" wide to the handle. The opening is 8.5cms/ 3¼".
The smallest pot weighs 300gms/ 10.5 ozs. It stands 8cms/ 3" tall, is 9cms/ 3½" diameter (at the base) 12cms/ 5" wide to the handle. The opening is 7cms/ 2¾"
Confit is the French word that means “to preserve” and these pots were used for storing cooked meats for long term storage in stone-lined larders or underground cellars. This storage process preserved the cooked meat without refrigeration so it could then be enjoyed throughout the winter months. Cuts of duck and goose were dry-cured in salt before being rinsed, dried and then poached very slowly at a low temperature in lots of fat. Because the meat is cooked very slowly, the chemical structure changes, leaving it evenly tender all the way through.
When the meat is cooked, it is set aside to cool in the fat, so that it is completely covered and sealed from the air, and would have been stored in the pot it was cooked in, much the same as jugged meat of the medieval period.
Confit d’oie is preserved goose and confit de canard is preserved duck. These two French classic dishes originated in "Confit country", the area of Occitan France.
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