This metallic French container is known as a hotte. Hottes were used for harvesting grapes in vineyards during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The top of the hotte has been hand painted (recently done) with Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse, which is a winery located in Pauillac, near Bordeaux in southwestern France. The middle of the hotte depicts the vineyard’s coat of arms, which is surmounted by an open crown with floral tines. The coat of arms is a white escutcheon with three heraldic crosses on it. The shield is supported by a pair of lions with a salient regardant attitude (leaping with both hind feet on the ground while looking backwards).
Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse takes its name from the low-lying hill on the estate grounds, called Grand Puy. In 1750, Pierre Ducasse bought most of the land occupying the hill, thus the “Ducasse” designation. Workers at the vineyard would walk around with the hotte strapped to their back via leather straps and place harvested grapes into the container. Our hotte would make a wonderful accessory in a wine room or kitchen.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use with buildup and rubs to the paint. The leather back straps are missing. Scratches on the inside.