Grape hottes were used at French vineyards during the late 19th and early 20th centuries by workers when harvesting grapes. Our wide-mouthed hotte would have been used in the 1800’s at a vineyard in La Gironde. It has a rolled rim above a second protruding molding and has been painted an orange-red. Some interesting gray patination can be seen in areas where oxidation has occurred. Black lettering with white embellishments have been painted above and below a stylized wine label: “Doisy-Vedrines Grand Cru Classe En 1876” and “Sauternes”, respectively. The label consists of a mural crown in gold above a shaped white shield that is adorned with “1892” above a two story building. The 19th century grape hotte from La Gironde would make a perfect decorative accessory for a wine room or kitchen.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with light loss to the iron and some minor cavitations. Remnants of the original twine straps can be seen on the back. Buildup and oxidation have given the hotte some unique striations to the paint (the stylized label is more recent).