This French metal container is known as an hotte. Hottes were used during the 19th and early 20th centuries for collecting grapes in vineyards. The vineyard employee would attach the hotte to his/her back and place the harvested grapes directly into the container.
Our hotte has been hand painted with a coat of arms flanked by the phrase “Chateauneuf-du-Pape”. The coat of arms depicts two crossed keys entwined in curled ribbons that emanate from the base of a closed crown. The ovate crown has been adorned with beading and fleur de lys and is topped with a cross pattee (cross with narrowing arms and flat sides).
Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a commune in the South of France famous for its vineyards. Most of the cultivable land has been used for planting grapes, which are used to produce a well-known red wine appellation. Our decorative grape hotte from the early 1900’s would make a wonderful accessory in a wine room or kitchen.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use with oxidation, minor buildup and denting to base. Minor scratches to container. The leather back straps are missing, but the metal hooks that held the straps are still solidly attached to the back.