Published on 2013-07-23
In southern France in the mid 19th century, these pottery vessels were used to store meat such as duck and goose. Dishes such as cassoulet and faux gras were later prepared with these meats. The meat was packed in duck fat (lard) which served as a peservative. Remember, this was all prior to modern day refrigeration. The confit pots were then stored in cellars with dirt or stone floors in the cooler part of the house. Oftentimes, pots de confit were partially buried in the ground; hence, no glaze on the bottom of the pots. Vast numbers of them were used as they were an everyday item, much like modern day Tupperware.
These ringed-handled shapely pots in glazed terra cotta are coveted today for their lovely colors. The rarer ones are the petite sizes and the very large ones, green glazed pots being the rarest color. The glazes on confit pots in yellows, mustards and greens with their interesting drips and age old chips are statements in and of themselves.
Confit pots are easily collected one at the time or try two of similar size to be paired together. For greater impact they really look fabulous as a large group of varying sizes. Whether they grace the mantel, hold fresh flowers or get made into a lamp, they brighten any room. Even van Gogh thought they were interesting enough to paint!
Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflowers"
Group of three graduated sized pots
Fabulous assortment of pots de confit!
Tulips grace the kitchen table in a confit pot. Remember, if you use fresh flowers, line the pot with another vessel before adding water. They are terra cotta and will leach water.
Another group of mustard glazed pots. Notice the difference in the color on the base. Each one is individual!
French cruche: A spouted vessel for water or olive oil.
Confit pots grouped with copper pans from Provence.
A rare green confit pot.
Confit pot as lamp on Vaisselier. We have several in the shop.
Interesting glazes with drips
Yellow confit pot with green drips...very rare!
Great collection of confit pots!
Sunflowers in confit pot...fabulous!!!
Rare petite confit pots at St. Martin's Gallery.