French Large Size 18th Century Biot Jar Made of Yellow Glazed Terracotta


A French Provincial Biot Jar from the 18th century, made of terracotta with a yellow glazed rim. Biot is a small village located in the center of the Côte d'Azur (the French Riviera), between Nice and Cannes and is often considered a paradise for the French art de vivre! The Biot jarres were used to house and transport precious olive oil back in the day. In this case, the day was sometime in the 1700s, and the transporter of olive oil was busy: the jar is authentically stamped to show its journeys to merchants - think of the stamps as mini-passports for the jar! The egg shape is one of the tell tale signs of its age. The more recent Biot jars have a more rounded shape and the lip is thicker at the top. This one has a beautiful patina that picks ups different shades in different light, from grey to pale green to even a little pink. How could we resist this piece? Good news: we didn't!

15" W x 32” H. 

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