She advances, as if towards an opera box, dressed in her sequined black evening dress and sporting on her throat her prettiest long necklace composed of pearls in the shape of flowers, of which one imagines each petal adorned with precious stones.
Yes, I am talking to you about an oil jug modeled under the amazed hands of a master potter from the depths of Quercy in the 19ᵗʰ century. Perhaps during the reign of Napoleon Iᵉʳ, with as a source of inspiration this noble and proud air that Josephine addresses to us on her famous portrait “in coronation costume”, a splendid canvas today visible in Périgord at Cendrieux, in the residence of Baudoin-Napoleon de Witt who inherited it.
It is precisely in the heart of noble houses, such as this Château de la Pommerie in Périgord, that this type of ancient pottery knew its hour of glory, illuminating each residence thanks to the walnut oil which it protected in its belly.
Its tubular spout made it possible to fill oil lamps without losing a single drop.
Its fluted handles kept it leaning.
The imprint of the potter’s fingers is revealed on the attachment of the handles to the body on which he had to press hard to weld them well.
As for the flower necklace which underlines the spout and caresses the belly like a precious jewel, it is the signature of its author, resolutely fallen under the spell of what was born under his hands.
Height: 31cm, diameter: 33cm.
Reference : [PA072]