Hand-crafted in France during the 1800’s, this copper chaudron has a wrought iron handle, which would have been placed onto a cremaillere (chimney hook) above a fire for cooking purposes. The handle is affixed to the top of the chaudron by riveted mounts with three bolts. Notice the dovetail seam along one side, indicative of 19th century copper pieces, as this is how they were assembled before the advent of modern welding techniques.
Copper has been used to craft cooking vessels for thousands of years. It is highly conductive and spreads the heat evenly, ensuring that a single spot will not overcook. While this chaudron could still be used functionally, due to it’s size and depth, it would also make for a decorative and unique wine cooler.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use, including minor scratches and rubs. Light buildup in some areas with oxidation to the iron handle.