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Vintage French Stoneware "Cave d'Affinage" Cheese Keeper

Vintage French Stoneware "Cave d'Affinage" Cheese Keeper

$125.00

One of the very special discoveries from the Pottery Renault warehouse, we are thrilled to offer this exceptional Vintage French Cheese Keeper. More than just a place to store cheese, it was produced by Pottery Renault for the Lanquetot brand of cheeses and is called a "Cave d'Affinage". The English translation would be an Aging or Maturing Cellar.  Much like fine wine, young cheeses often require careful aging to create their rich, layered flavors. This maturing process typically takes place in underground cellars where temperature and humidity levels are carefully monitored.

Of course doing that at home is a bit difficult...and most of us buy our cheeses already aged and ready to enjoy, but this Cave d'Affinage provides a way to store cheeses in elevated French style. Made of thick, unglazed ceramic, this cheese keeper helps to maintain a more even temperature and wick away humidity. The 3-piece Cave includes a wood disk that sits in the bottom dish to hold your cheese, while the cover keeps the cheese out of direct light and helps modulate temperature and humidity.  

Inspired by the time-honored French traditions of cheese making, this rare find from the Pottery Renault warehouse is sure to serve you well.


Strictly limited quantities and subject to prior sale. Please note, the Cave d'Affinage were made as an exclusive piece for Lanquetot cheeses and therefore were not stamped with the Pottery Renault name. Rest assured however, they were produced by Pottery Renault and discovered in their warehouse. In very good, unused vintage condition. 6.75" in diameter x 3.75" high.

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 2011. 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.

Learn More About Lanquetot

Over the years, the Lanquetot cheese company has built up a close relationship with small producers from Normandy, France to achieve a common goal: the best quality cheeses.

From Petit Brie with its robust flavour and creamy texture to Brin de Paille with its soft consistency and velvety flavour, Lanquetot brings exceptional quality to soft cheeses and is sure to delight.

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