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 green hotte has a hand-painted coat of arms flanked by the phrase “Chateauneuf-du-Pape” (in black letters with gold highlights). The coat of arms depicts two crossed keys entwined in a curled ribbon that emanates from the base of a closed crown. The ovate crown has been adorned with gold 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 light rubs and buildup. Indentations, specifically to the back. Oxidation to the interior. The canvas backstraps, while still old, were added more recently, as they were most likely originally leather.