Vintage French Stoneware Cider Bowl
Vintage French Stoneware Cider Bowl
It's the kind of discovery that makes any treasure hunter's heart skip a beat: the warehouse of a now-shuttered pottery studio in the Loire Valley of France, filled with a collection of classic French stoneware that is as beautiful as it is functional.
The Poterie Renault company began in 1847 in the small village of Argent-sur-Sauldre, France. For five generations, the Renault family produced their beautiful stoneware from the local grey clay. The pottery studio's doors are now sadly closed and their once-busy kilns are quiet, but these authentic, unused pieces tell the story of the soul-nourishing French kitchen.
Found in the Poterie Renault warehouse, a cache of unused vintage bowls designed in the French tradition for drinking cider. It's no secret that the French love drinking out of bowls. Whether it's a steaming café au lait or a decadent chocolat chaud or a refreshingly cool cider, there is a firm French belief that drinking it from a bowl somehow makes it taste better. And who are we to argue!
Et voilà, the bolée de cidre: that authentic vessel for French cider consumption! A traditional staple in the French apple and pear-growing regions of Brittany and Normandy, these simple, elegant bowls have gently sloping walls and an extra wide mouth - a design intended to delicately break the bubbles of the cider, while still retaining the fizz. À votre santé!
Strictly limited quantities and subject to prior sale. Dishwasher, Microwave and Oven Safe. 2.5" x 4.25" in diameter. 8 fluid ounce capacity. In excellent, unused vintage condition.
Learn More About the Poterie Renault
It all began in 1847 when Louis Stanislas Renault built a pottery workshop in the orangery of the Argent-sur-Sauldre château, located in the village of the same name in the Loire Valley of France. With a passion for classic French cookware, Monsieur Renault produced authentic pieces that were not only beautiful, but meant for practical, everyday use in the French kitchen. From cooking pots to casserole dishes to deep tureens for pâté, his cookware pieces were created with both classical and regional designs that were the perfect marriage of form and function.
Success came quickly to the family-owned Poterie Renault company and by 1865, they had outgrown their small orangery studio and built a larger manufacturing facility in the same village. Now with room to expand their offerings, Poterie Renault began producing a new range of stoneware: salt pots, condiment jars, butter and milk pots, wine pitchers and vinegar jugs all kiln-fired with durable, non-porous glazes that ensure the pieces are well suited for food storage.
With both their original cookware and their new stoneware lines, the company entered the 20th-century producing quality pieces not only for the home cook, but also for professional chefs in the commercial kitchens of hotels and restaurants. Over the decades, Poterie Renault remained committed to Louis Renault's founding vision of creating well made, unfussy wares that were not only beautiful in their artisanal quality, but practical for daily use.
After nearly 170 years producing classic pieces for the kitchen, the family-owned Poterie Renault closed its doors in 2016. The kilns are now quiet and the factory sits still. Thankfully, these rescued pieces from the Poterie Renault warehouse are available to use and enjoy - lasting mementoes bringing the spirit of the French kitchen to your home today.