This beautiful ceremonial copper grape “hotte” or hod, comes from the French region of Alsace and dates to the mid to late 1700’s. The French Hotte is a carrying basket for the wine grapes. Since they were used for collecting grapes, they are usually made from woven cane. Tin was also used in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Very old copper models such as this one were used in celebrations or ceremonies related to the harvest. This one is particularly well decorated with geometric motifs, scrolling foliation, bundles of fruit, and flowers. A mascaron adorns the front and center portion of the hod. Located on the Northeastern edge of France, close to Germany and Switzerland, Alsace is often referred to as The Land of Wine and Flowers!
The construction of this piece was done completely by hand using repousse, chasing, and rolling techniques. The copper sections are joined by old rivets, and there are 4 loops on the back, which would have held leather carrying straps. Today, this 18th Century French Copper Hotte can be used as a decorative piece in a wine room or kitchen. It can also be used to hold firewood or umbrellas.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor denting and wear. Surface buildup.