This beautiful lidded dish from the Alsace-Lorraine area of France is a type of French tian, which are a classic multi-purpose earthenware bowl. The lidded dish is made from a lighter terra cotta clay, glazed on the inside and out and was used for baking its namesake country vegetable dish or whatever else the owner felt they could do with the bowl.
This bowl has a beautiful ochre glaze on the inside and out, and a darker brown band painted in a ring on top of the lid and around the base of the dish itself, perhaps anticipating the patina it developed from countless bakings. It has a gentle scalloped design on the body of the dish and the lid which are set off nicely by both the darker brown band and the patina. The finial on the lid has deep ridges which would have made it easy to grasp through a heat-protective wrapping on the chef's hand.
Age and maker: The lidded dish is unsigned, but is in the Quimper-style. It was made around 1860-80.
Condition: This is in very good condition despite its obvious regular use, but there are some glaze pits and flakes from both use and the soft pottery on the inside as well as pits and rubbed areas on the outside finish. A darkened, thinner areas on the inner rim looks like a really old chip that did not prevent its use.
Size: It is app. 6" in diameter and nearly that tall, taller to the point of the finial.
It is a very striking piece and would make a unique addition to your pottery collection.
Item ID: 969