18th Century Confit Pot
An old and rare 18th century confit pot.
We bought this beautifully weathered confit pot at a brocante in Lyon. "Confit" is French for "to preserve" and neat little pots like this one were used for preserving food over the winter.
The green coloured pots were used for meat - it was essential to have a colour code to tell what was inside. The meat was put in the pots and sealed. It was then stored in a cool place - usually in a larder but sometimes buried underground!
Confit pots have a very pleasing shape, with two small handles and a plump round body. The green glaze on this one is extremely attractive and in wonderful condition for a domestic item. Confit pots make lovely ornaments or small planters.
French, circa 1790.
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