A huge collection of large, colorful clay vessels, known as confit 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 some of ours have green accents, with one being entirely glazed in green. 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 note that some of the confit pots have sold (see detail photo). Please contact us for availability.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with some minor losses and chips to glaze. Build up to interiors with green and black patina, commensurate with being buried in the dirt. Please contact us for the condition and dimensions of individual pots.