Mélard – 19ᵗʰ century – Puy de Dôme – [PA049] – Photo : Claude MANGIN.

Mélard – 19ᵗʰ century – Puy de Dôme – [PA049]

Mélard – 19ᵗʰ century – Puy de Dôme – [PA049] – Photos: Claude MANGIN. Large oil reserve in glazed earthenware used in walnut oil producing regions such as Auvergne, these jars called “mélards” were stored in cluzeaux and the cellars of mills or large state houses. Walnut oil was stored there, redistributed in smaller jars…

Varnished earthenware oil jar – 19ᵗʰ century – Auvergne – Massif Central

Varnished earthenware oil jar – 19ᵗʰ century – Auvergne – Massif Central [PA029]

Varnished earthenware oil jar – 19ᵗʰ century – Auvergne – Massif Central Varnished earthenware oil jar – 19ᵗʰ century – Auvergne – Massif Central This “mélard” from the Auvergne stands out with its rich green flamed finish and glaze. The lead varnish enhances and beautifies this old oil jar. Walnut oil used to be burnt…

Glazed earthenware « mélard » - 18ᵗʰ century – Puy de Dôme

Glazed earthenware « mélard » – 18ᵗʰ century – Puy de Dôme [PA027]

Glazed earthenware « mélard » – 18ᵗʰ century – Puy de Dôme Glazed earthenware « mélard » – 18ᵗʰ century – Puy de Dôme The size of this commonly used piece of pottery is absolutely amazing. In days gone by, it was used for storing nut oil in mills, châteaux and monasteries. In the 18ᵗʰ century, nut oil was…