This pair of green glazed terra cotta pots are from the 1800’s from Salon-de-Provence (informally known as Salon). Salon is a commune in the South of France, best known for being the final residence of Nostradamus. Our pair is reminiscent of the famed “Vases d’Anduze”, manufactured in the nearby commune of Anduze. Just like the ones from Anduze, these pots were used in the 17th century for planting orange and lemon trees on noble estates.
The pots seen here were completely made by hand, in the traditional ways. The terra cotta has been overlaid with a green glaze, with the raised chain motifs showing through. Two chains circumnavigate each of the pots, one at the top (beneath the molded rim of the opening), and one towards the bottom (at the point where the pot tapers inward). In between is an undulating chain that fills the body of the pots. The bottom of the body is rounded with a slender neck and supported by a thick quarter round base. One of the pots has been signed illegibly by the potter: “Fait Par Jaraud (sp?), Salon de Provence”.
Today, these pots can be used for any type of planting or on their own as decorative pieces of pottery. Finding true antique pots of this type and size is becoming quite difficult. These are particularly attractive with their distressed bright green glaze and interesting motifs.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use with light separations, craquelure, and acceptable losses. Minor indentations and buildup to interior. One pot has been professionally restored. It is advised to use a liner when planting in these pots (no direct planting). During the winter months, if possible, they should be moved to a covered area to protect from frost.