Part of our huge collection of large, colorful clay vessels, known as confit pots (see the last detail photo for all of the pots). Derived from the French word confire (meaning “to preserve”), confit pots were used to store cooked game in their own fat before the advent of refrigeration. The earthenware section was typically wrapped in cloth and buried in the ground, with only the glazed area visible. Pots came in various sizes and colors, but the classic color is mustard yellow, although you will notice this particular pot has green accents by one of the handles, giving it a flair of individuality.
The Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh, depicted confit pots in his famous series of paintings, Tournesols (Sunflowers).
All of the pots in our collection come from Southwest France and date to the late 1800s or early 1900s. Today confit pots are used as vases for dried flowers or as colorful decorative pieces, such as in the kitchen.
Please contact us for availability if purchasing multiple pots, as some shown in the collection photo have sold.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with minor losses and chips to glaze. Build up to interior with green and black patina, commensurate with being buried in the dirt. Some inconsistencies to the glazed areas, commensurate to being applied by hand.