Grape hottes were used at French vineyards during the late 19th and early 20th centuries by workers when harvesting grapes. This particular hotte is from circa 1900 and has been painted more recently with a rich, green background and a derivation of the Grand-Puy Ducasse vineyard label. Black lettering with cream embellishments have been painted above and below the label: “Chateau Grand-Puy Ducasse” and “Pauillac”, respectively. The stylized label consists of two golden lion supporters flanking a cream coat of arms shield charged with three black crosses adorned with roundel tips and arrow-like tails. Additionally, a five point bejewled open crown in gold tops the shield, while a gold banner reading Ægis Semper Amici (“friends forever”) can be seen beneath. Our Grand-Puy Ducasse grape hotte would make a perfect decorative accessory for a wine room or kitchen.
CONDITION: Good antique condition, with some oxidation and buildup to the interior, commensurate with age and use. The painted elements were added more recently, with some minor rubs. Original back straps are still present, with some chapping and fleabites to the leather.