This colorful French container is known as a hotte. The metal container has been painted a light blue and gently washed with white. The top of the hotte has been hand painted with Chateau Doisy-Vedrines, which is a winery located in Barsac, in southwestern France. Most of the fields at Chateau Doisy-Vedrines are devoted to Semillon grapes, which are used to make white wines. The middle of the hotte depicts the vineyard’s coat of arms topped with an open mural crown.
Hottes were used for grape collecting in vineyards all over France during the 19th and 20th centuries. Workers at the vineyard would walk around with the hotte strapped to their back via leather straps and place the harvested grapes into the container. The painted decoration (recent) makes it a wonderful accessory in a wine room or kitchen.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use with buildup and scratches on the inside. The leather back straps are missing. Minor rubs to paint.