More French Finds

1.06.2014

When I unpacked all my goodies from France I was going to take a picture of all the loot together, but I got so involved in cutting boxes open and unwrapping it all that I forgot. Plus I had one big giant mess. I was thrilled to find two French confit pots at our first stop, the Paris Flea Market.

I have come across some confit pots at antique markets here, but they are so expensive. Now after buying them in France I understand why they cost so much here.

Once you pay what I did which was 80 Euros for one and 120 Euros for the other plus shipping them back and the cost of your trip there and back plus marking them up to make a profit I have a much better understanding of the pricing here.

I had already been collecting old olive jars and they are not to be confused with confit jars. Olive jars stored grains, olives, oils and prepared foods.

Confit is a French dish of salting and curing the duck leg and cooking it slowly in its own fat. Before refrigeration the duck and fat was stored in these jars. That is where the name French confit pots or jars comes from. That dish is very good by the way. We enjoyed some at our hosts' home.

I love the mustard color of these pots and I would love to find a green one, too some day. I was told if I ever go to southern France I would see many more of these pots.

I turned this one over to show you the hole in the bottom and it has a few chips out of the side. That just shows the wear from being used over the years.

I love the beautiful pale yellow this one has on the rim and inside. Each one is different.

This one is a little darker in color.

After I unpacked these I didn't have a clue where I was going to place them. I need three for a collection so I will be on the hunt for more.

I will share where they ended up for now at another time. I am sure they will move around like everything else around here does. I climbed up on a ladder to get them down to take these pictures.

This is one of two grain sacks that I found over there, too.

Now I'm going to put these back where they go.

More French finds shared soon.

An artic blast is hitting the south. Stay warm and have a great week!

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32 comments:

  1. Hi Kim!

    It's been a while since I've been posting and reading blogs and your blog is always awesome. I love stopping in to see what treasure you'll be sharing. Your French confit pots are wonderful! How wonderful to get to be in France and purchase such great finds!

    Stay warm, sweet friend.
    Nancy

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  2. They are beautiful, Kim. Can't wait to see where you have them.

    It's below zero here this morning. I don't even want to know the wind chill!!:-)

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  3. Kim, your confit pots are beautiful! I have always heard of duck confit but I have never tasted it. What a great experience you had and your pots will always remind you of your trip.

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  4. They are gorgeous....I can't wait to see where they end up!

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  5. Love those confit pots! I only have one and would love a couple more. Can't wait to see where you placed them.

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  6. I love them Kim...can't wait to see where you placed them!

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  7. The confit pots are beautiful! I really love them! Thanks for the information too! It is 45 here right now BUT that Artic blast is on it's way. Tomorrow it will be a high of 10 and wind chills at minus 10 to 20:(:( UGH! Can't wait to see where you have them!!!

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  8. Beautiful Kim. Curious to see where they were placed.
    Just started to rain here in North Central Florida. The high today is to be 63. We are already there and the low to be 23 tonight. Bbbrrrr...
    Stay warm.

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  9. Love those confit pots and really LOVED our Duck Confit at our hosts' home in France…Truly one of the best meals I have had!…The temp this morning was 58 degrees here in NC, but will be quickly changing later in the afternoon and may see a single digit temp tonight…At least we are not having any snow!

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  10. These are gorgeous. I love the colors and interesting to hear how they were originally used. I also really like the new paint color in your hall. Hugs, Marty

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  11. Antiques and ephemera are the best sorts of souvenirs!

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  12. They are absolutely remarkable pieces Kim, can't wait to see them all displayed in your beautiful home!

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  13. wonderful!!
    Yes, shipping of treasures would be a big problem...are you still glad you did it?
    They are wonderful treasures....
    Nancy

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  14. You brought back some wonderful treasures Kim! I believe one cannot have enough confit pots! I too am looking for a green one. They are so rare and expensive though. New Orleans had some fabulous ones that I wish I would have bought. Oh, and by the way, that lovely towel is gorgeous. With an A no less! I'm always looking for A's. Enjoy your loot. (PS: I'm going Feb. 25th to celebrate my 60th! Can't wait to shop!) ~Delores

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  15. Love the color of these confit pots. Liked learning the difference and more about them. What great treasures to have though!

    Cynthia

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  16. I have never found any while hunting in our "empty your attic" sale. I guess I live to far away from the area where confit is made. But if I ever find one, I'll think of you.

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  17. Your confit pots are beautiful, Kim!
    Mary Alice

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  18. Those are beautiful Kim! What treasures indeed!
    xx
    Anne

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  19. Kim, you found some beauties. Curious how you shipped things back. Did you send everything in a container together? What shipping company did you use? I'm going to Nice next fall. Never know what I might find. '-)
    Stay warm. It's cold here too!

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  20. Kim,
    They are just beautiful. What wonderful treasures to have. I cannot wait to see where they end up too.
    Gorgeous and so full of french history.
    Kris

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  21. Your confit pots are wonderful, Kim! I love the colors of all. I dream of going to France. Hopefully, before long!

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  22. Love them, Kim. Looking forward to seeing where you place them...the mustard color is great. Thanks for explaining the difference between a confit pot and olive jars! Stay warm.

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  23. That is a lovely shade of yellow. The patina on the pots is great. We shipped a chandelier from Italy so I know what you mean.

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  24. Those pots are gorgeous! They are the perfect accessory in your home. I never knew the history of those pots before now.

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  25. The pots are amazing Kim. I love the colors ... so pretty.

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  26. Those are really beautiful, Kim. The depth of the ochre glazing is fabulous. And I happen to love all the wear - patina and character! Can't wait to see where they end up in your home.
    xo
    Loi

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  27. PS - Forgot to say I once had a partially green glazed one which I converted to a lamp.

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  28. Kim, these pots look fabulous! I am so excited to see all of your beautiful French finds. I am sure that unpacking the goods felt a little like Christmas.

    I cannot wait to see more.

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  29. I would say you scored big in Paris. I should have picked up a confit pot too. Now I'm regretting it!

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  30. Beautiful Kim! I can only imagine what your meal was like...such a great experience for you! Stay warm...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  31. That's exactly the kind of thing I would want to buy! Love them...Looking forward to seeing where they land in your house. Hope you are keeping warm!

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