This antique copper chaudron with a wrought iron handle is from 18th century France. A chaudron, or cauldron, is a deep circular container, usually with a handle, that was used for cooking in France and other European countries. The chaudron would be placed over an open fire via the iron handle, which would by suspended over the flame by a cremaillere, or chimney hook. The contents of a chaudron could vary from jams or soups to boiling water for medicinal uses.
Our chaudron was hand-crafted in France in the early 1700’s. Notice how the piece has been joined with a dovetail seam and held in place with two rivets. This is typically how copper pieces were assembled by hand in the 18th and 19th centuries. The rivets run through a wrought iron strap that terminates in a ringlet. There is a similarly constructed strap on the opposite side, but without the dovetail seam beneath it. The large, arch-shaped wrought iron handle has been connected to the ringlets of the straps by its own set of ringlets.
There is a lid with a small rolled edge that sits on top of the chaudron. A curved handle has been attached to the lid by a rivet on each side.
Copper has been used to craft cooking vessels for thousands of years. Copper is highly conductive and spreads the heat evenly, ensuring that a single spot will not overcook. While this chaudron could still be used functionally, today most copper cooking vessels are used for decorative purposes since they are bright and stand out easily.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition. Minor scuffs and bumps.