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These semi glazed pots were used for preserving food in the 19th century; mainly meats in fat, such as duck confit. ‘The word ‘confit’ comes from the French verb 'confire' which means 'to preserve'. The jars were either stored in a cold larder or buried in the ground up to the glaze line.
Van Gogh was living in southe
rn France, an area associated with prolific production of confit pots, when he painted the second series of 'Sunflowers' in 1888, featuring a yellow confit pot.
They are lovely decorative pieces or can be used as vases, just pop a glass jar inside to retain the water.
More photos of each pot are available.
Dimensions below are in cm.
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19th century French Confit Pots

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