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Rare Large Terracotta French Biot Pot, circa 1800



This fabulous handmade terracotta pot originated in the Provençal town of Biot and was used to store olive oil. The interior glaze that extends to around the rim was used to prevent vermin from climbing into the oil inside. In perfect condition, these photos show it to be much more red than it is in real life (it is a creamy color) excellent patina. Please email us for more updated photos. These photos show the pot in a wet state in both sunlight (over-saturated color) and on an overcast day where it appears darker in the photos than in person. These pots make an elegant statement around a pool and are magnificent in a grouping, perhaps by the entrance to your home on in a courtyard. Please note that because Biot pots are glazed only on the interior and rim, they are not suitable for overwintering outside in cold climates except if emptied and covered. While we can drill them to function as planters, we recommend a custom fiberglass lining that we can have made for you. Be wary of any Biot pots of this size that are considerably cheaper. There are tons of knockoffs out there, but we guarantee the authenticity of ours. Please note that this pot has minor chipping to the glaze and rim commensurate with age and use.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 38 in. (96.52 cm)Diameter: 30 in. (76.2 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1800
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Noted in body of description. Pot is much more cream-colored than shown in the photos (taken when it was wet and with an over-saturated filter).
  • Seller Location
    Woodbury, CT
  • Reference Number
    Seller: CPO 10271stDibs: LU86347333733

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    Ships From: Woodbury, CT
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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