Set of Five French Confit Pots. Primitive Kitchen Storage Pots
This is a fabulous set of five, round, French confit pots / storage jars. They are gorgeous accent pieces for a period kitchen / rustic farmhouse. Excellent for storing washing up/ kitchen utensils, cutlery or as kitchen planters.
"Confit" is the French word that means “to preserve” and these pots were used for preserving cooked meats for long term storage in stone-lined larders or underground cellars, popular up until the 1940's, before refrigeration.
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.
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 weighs 800gms / 1.7 lbs. It stands 12.5cms/ 5" tall, is 14cms / 5½" diameter (at the base), 16cms/ 6¼" diameter at the rim. It is marked "2" on the base.
The second pot has a small, raised, white glaze "spot" on one side. It weighs 900gms/ 2 lbs. It stands 11cms/ 4¼" tall and is 14.5cms/ 5¾" diameter (at the base), 16cms/ 6¼" diameter at the rim. It is also stamped "2" on the base.
The third pot weighs 700gms/ 1.5 lbs. It stands 9cms/ 3½" tall, is 13cms/ 5" diameter (at the base) 14cms/ 5½" diameter at the rim. The base is stamped "1".
The fourth pot weighs 600gms/ 1.3lbs. It stands 7cms/ 2¾" tall, is 12.5cms/ 4¼" diameter (at the base) 14cms/ 5½" diameter at the rim. It also has a "2" mark on the base. It has a thicker, slightly iridescent glaze.
The smallest pot weighs 500gms/ 1.1lbs . It stands 8cms/ 3¼" tall, is 9cms/ 3½" diameter (at the base) 10cms/ 4" wide at the rim.
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