A large size French terracotta Biot olive jar from Provence with yellow accents from the late 19th century. Created in the Provençale town of Biot in Southern France during the early years of the 19th century, this terracotta olive jar features a recognizable ovoid shape topped by a large lip. Boasting a nicely weathered patina revealing its age and great use, the jar is adorned with yellow and black accents on the belly. While some of the photos show a pair, we only have one left for sale.
This jar were made in Biot, a town famous for its ceramics and glassblowing. The area of Biot was donated by the Count of Provence to the Knights Templar in the 13th century. For some time after the French Revolution however, the town was taken over by pirates and thieves, but returned to prosperity in the 15th century. In the 16th century, villagers quickly enriched themselves with farming and pottery. The olive jars like the one we have were traditionally made to transport olive oil in the 17th and 18th centuries. With its large size and aged appearance, this Biot jar circa 1890 will make for an excellent decorative accent in any home, used indoors or outdoors, perhaps as a planter.
Place of Origin: France
Period: 19th Century
Dimensions: 25.5"H x 19.5"W x 21.5"D
Inventory Number: XX74