A large early 19th Bertschdorf pot in grey sandstone with cobalt blue Handpainted design
These grey and blue ceramics are from Bertschdorf in Alsace, France
This style of ceramic has been made there since the 18th century. The grey sandstone is used and cobalt for the Handpainted designs.
At the end of the firing process coarse salt is thrown on to the pieces. The salt reacts with the clay and the heat to cover the piece in a translucent glaze.
This particular pot is from the early 19th century. Heavy and large it would have been a “grease pot” used on store lard.
Now it makes a fabulous antique plant pot, or decor piece on open shelves. you can also use it for storing especially with the addition of a cork lid.
It’s 30cm tall by 25cm wide At the top