Enveloped with three circumferential bindings, this pair of French oak and iron buckets have held their form very well. Hand-carved from oak in the early 1900’s, the wood has a deep brown color. Each bucket is also adorned by three straps, a pair of foliate mounts paired with intertwined beaded coils, and two circular drop handles, all of which are iron. The metal has developed a tan patina mixed with some areas of verdigris, adding splashes of color to the dark wood. Excavated areas at the base would have allowed the buckets to be placed on metal bars of French fountains, allowing villagers to gather water for use in their homes. Our oak and iron buckets can still be used with a fountain, providing a second tier to a cascading water display or by adding color if used as a flower planter. They would also make fantastic decorative additions to a kitchen, bar area, or dining room.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with fleabites and minor losses. Light buildup and verdigris to iron straps and mounts, commensurate with age and use. Small fill to the interior of one of the buckets, most likely to strengthen the attachment of a mount.