A Very Large Pair of 19th Century Biot Pots

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An immense pair of 19th C French hand coiled terracotta Biot jars with pale yellow glazed rim and interior.  These jars were first produced in the small Provencal village of Biot in the 16th century to store and transport olive oil.  They were buried in the ground where their curved glazed lip prevented access to insects.  The French were the first to produce olive oil and these jars were useful vessels to transport the oil all over the world.  The bulbous, pear shape bases are indicative of 19th C production, earlier 18th C ones have a more slender olive shape.  Wonderfully decorative in a garden, by a pool or even inside.

Dimensions: 89cm h x 79cm w (diametre of lip 42cm)

Condition: Very good antique condition

Origin: France

Circa: 1840

Ref: D1260

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