Two water jugs - 19th century - Lot Valley - [PA058] [PA059]
Two water jugs - 19th century - Lot Valley - [PA058] [PA059]
Two water jugs - 19th century - Lot Valley - [PA058] [PA059]

Two water jugs – 19th century – Lot Valley

Also called head jugs, because they were carried on the head by women who went to fetch water, these two water jugs were turned in the Lot Valley in the 19th century.

Imagine women fetching water from the village well or fountain, to meet all the family’s needs.

They left with three pitchers, two carried at arm’s length plus one carried on the head, on a small straw cushion, which required a famous courage and a serious sense of balance. Small precision as to their style, the naive designs with which they are decorated result from skilfully controlled kaolin drips.

Kaolin is a rock from which kaolinite, a clay mineral, is the derivative. Kaolin is the raw material used in the manufacture of porcelain. A Chinese invention that took place in the Jingdezhen region of Southeast China, whose high hills, “gaoling” in Chinese, were an abundant kaolin quarry, precisely. The porcelain-making technique was introduced to the West in the 18th century after a French Jesuit, Father Entrecolles, observed and described it in his correspondence while in China. Kaolins, very refractory and not very plastic, will be used later in the West as pigments, as can be seen on these two water jugs.

Water jug - 19th century - Lot Valley - [PA058]
Water jug - 19th century - Lot Valley - [PA058]

The one on the left is blackened due to a sudden heating, a burst of flame in the oven. The temperature usually of 800 ° in this case rose to more than 1000 °, giving it this burnt sienna shade.

Water jug - 19th century - Lot Valley - [PA059]
Water jug - 19th century - Lot Valley - [PA059]

The one on the right reveals on its sides a few concretions of walnut oil which was used to light houses until the end of the 19th century.

Price: on demand

Reference: [PA058]

Dimensions

Height: 30 cm, diameter: 31 cm.

Price: on demand

Reference: [PA059]

Dimensions

Height: 31 cm, diameter: 33 cm.

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