It is quite rare to closely observe an authentic 17th-century pottery piece in such a beautiful condition! This walnut oil jug, formerly used for lighting, originates from the rural pottery center of Brioude in Haute-Loire, Auvergne, France. This workshop operated during the peak of winter when peasants were freed from fieldwork. Here, in the warmth near the kilns, they crafted pieces of great technical precision and touching artistic personality. Clearly evident is a simple and utilitarian production, yet a creative impulse is expressed uniquely through a surprising crown motif surrounding the wide summit opening. Additionally, one can observe the imprint of three fingers – index, middle, and ring fingers – pressed into the fresh clay of the handles to ensure their penetration into the body before firing. A charming detail is the glaze protecting the opening, which has escaped, creating a curved flow around the roundness of the body, forming what resembles a scarf.
Height: 36 cm, Diameter: 29 cm.