Friday, 5 August 2011

Part of old French rural culture; enamel wash-basin.They make colourful planters when fixed to an outside wall. This one has lovely colours, somehow enhanced by rust patches.

Brass cooking vessel on iron legs. These are often associated with men away in the fields at work. Meat and vegetables could simmer over wood. The French tend to have large cooked lunches and small dinners, which is said to explain the rarity of obesity in France.

A copper 
flower funeral urn; a cheese (curds)  pot, and a cute glass bottle.

An Arab kettle from North Africa. Ashes from the fire are held in the lower basin. The Arab Tea Ceremony requires a constantly boiling kettle. The underside of the kettle appears to be silver plated.