Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Anduze Pots


The French vase d'anduze originated in Provence in the 16th century. These urns are still being made today by artisans the same way their ancestors did.

They are called Anduze pots because they are made in the small quaint town of Anduze in the South of France. I am in love with the shape and form of these urns, and have been on the hunt for a pair for quite a while.

Oh, be still my heart! I love this red one!

For all you turquoise lovers right now, here is the perfect distressed urn.

This color green is what I'm really looking for though. All the images above can be found at Authentic Provence Garden Antiques here.

I ended up buying this pair of urns from Big Daddy at the Alameda Antique Faire this month.
I swear they weigh 150 lbs. each! Mr. A and I had quite a time getting them to where they are going to live.

The plan is to replace the cement urns. Although they are smaller, I think these two green Anduze pots will be more of the look I want.

Transplanting the soil and flowers from one urn to the other will be quite a job.
I'll let you know the final result later, as this is as far as we got with the project!

If you love Anduze pots like I do, be sure to check out the beautiful Authentic Provence website. They specialize in all things provencal, from fountains to limestone flooring, and of course Anduze pots!

I'm linking up to My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday, and Bargain Hunting with Laurie for Favorite Things Saturday. Thank you Cindy and Laurie for hosting.

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32 comments:

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

Beautiful pots Delores! I love the color. They are going to look great on the patio. Can't wait to see them filled with flowers.

Heather at Satisfying Spaces said...

I love those pots and never knew they had a name or their history. Thanks for sharing!

Babs said...

Love the Anduze pots, choosing between the red or green would be a challenge.... but then green goes with everything or any flower color. Your geraniums will look spectacular in the green ones.... can't wait to see them potted.

Pamela said...

I love these Anduze pots the turquoise is my favourite!

Rettabug said...

Oh my, Delores, they are GORGEOUS! I love that shiny glazed surface & that deep emerald green is going to look lovely with your green & white striped furniture & those beautiful background plantings. (What IS that white flower???

We always use "ghost poo" or Styrofoam packing peanuts in the bottom of our large pots. Then we put a terracotta dish down on top of the & add fresh dirt to that. Makes them much less heavy & it doesn't take so much potting soil to fill. I just did 2 of my front porch urns today like that!

I look forward to seeing the final photos of them filled & in position. Thanks for the lesson on their name & special history. I learned something new today! :-)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Delores, I have always loved these pots too! I have a green one purchased at an auction but I am always on the lookout for more. Please show us pictures when the plants are transplanted. The white flowers in the background are beautiful.
Take care,
Sherry

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Those are pretty! I have seen some pretty urns that I would like to have for plants, but there were no holes for drainage. I did not want to pay the price, then crack it trying to drill a drain hole.
Enjoy your weekend.

Privet and Holly said...

Dolores: Fantastic pots! I agree with you, even though they are smaller in scale, the green pots will have a bigger IMPACT and seem, well, more YOU, from what I've seen on your blog. I have to tell you, I'm in LOVE with your house and your style, which you have in SPADES. And to top it all off, you are just so darn sweet! xx P&H
PS The Velveteen Rabbit quote is one of my favorites, too....

xinex said...

Thanks for giving us the site where we can find these urns, will check them out. I really like the shape. They are perfect for your spot there....Christine

Katy Noelle said...

I especially like the one with the lemon tree. I secretly call my living room the "orangerie" but I have no citrus trees (yet). I miss the orange and lemon and avocado tree that I grew up with in my own backyard.

I love your blog, too! Thanks for the encouraging words in the sunny spot. I was enjoying your blog but when I saw the fisherman's luncheon, I was sunk! Sorry, between puppies and mom here and day trips, it's taken me a week to get back here.

I put your blog as a link in my last TT post, hope you don't mind.

Love, Katy Noelle

Katy Noelle said...

Psst! I saw your wine country kitchen picture and laughed because, I have a pretty 3 tiered basket like yours and, just today, bought the candle pillar holders similar to yours at a great deal!!! Great minds, eh?

kim said...

Delores, those pots are gorgeous. I do love that green color. Have fun transplanting.

Tamra said...

I love Anduze pots!! We have a lovely little garden nursery that sells them and they are lined up along their front fence along the road. I swear I'm going to get into a collision one of these days because as I go through the intersection I'm always staring at those pots!

Good choice to replace the concrete planters. They're beautiful but very contemporary.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a great job! Love them

Carol

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Those new French pots will look much better! Your view reminds me of the hills of Tuscany or the hills of Provance. Thanks for sharing...Julian

Popcorn Served Daily said...

How can a clay pot be so beautiful? A classic piece. Very nice.

Alicia ~ time worn style said...

they are really amazing, think I am in love with the turquoise ones. Cant wait to see how they look all planted up!
alicia

ZAIRA said...

I didn't know they were called this way. The green one is my very favourite. What can I say? I love everything coming from Provence. And this vase is perfect in a garden!

Have a great weekend, hugs xxx

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Beautiful and informative post. The glaze on these pots are fabulous. ANd the color of your pot will look lovely with all the flowers you will fill in it!
Yvonne

Kelee Katillac said...

I do love these urns! I acquired a pair of French 19th C. one that are in my
historic apartment--at my design studio.Of course, yours are perfect for your home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for this lovely post!

Kathysue said...

Delores, These Anduze pots are the perfect look for you home, inside or out!! Anduze pots have been on my Someday list for a long time. I like the green or the ochre. I will just have to live through you vicariously. They are going to look wonderful with red geraniums in them. Lucky, lucky girl!! Happy Friday sweet friend, Oh by the way wouldn't that be a hoot to go to NYC for the premier of Sex and the City. Kathysue

Atticmag said...

Well Delores, I am sitting here drooling both over the pots and the introduction to the new garden antique site. If only they would work in my climate! You folks are so lucky in Cali. Thanks for stopping by -- I always love coming here. Jane

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Oh, these are just beautiful!

Deserae said...

Gorgeous pots...can't wait to see them with plants inside :o) Have a great weekend!
~Des

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Delores, those are beautiful! I can't wait to see them filled with flowers. I'm going to check out that site, but I can just imagine what the charge would be to mail those heavy things - probably as much or more than the pot itself. laurie

Mary said...

Beautiful Urns! Love your blog~ The Velveteen Rabbit Quote is one of my favorites :-)

Maryrose said...

I absolutely LOVE those urns. It is so hard to find urns you love. I can't wait to see them planted.
Have a great weekend
Maryrose

Sherry said...

Now those would be on of my favorite things too! How nice you finally found them. I love to go on the hunt for something I really want!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Dolores, I love your new pots. Looking forward to seeing the transformation.. I'm wondering how are you going to move the concrete ones?? lol Thanks for sharing the website, I'm sure I'll enjoy looking at it.. hugs ~lynne~

Shugee @ Blue Heron Cottage said...

Dolores, you never fail to take my breath away. You are amazing, woman! You indeed lead a charmed life. Love this post so much I can't even put into words.

Manuela@TPOH said...

I love the shape of those pots! I never knew what they were called. I think they're going to look just lovely in place of the ones you have.

Manuela

Anonymous said...

I was truly stunned by the Secret Garden of Authentic Provence. The most amazing and oversized antique French Limestone fountains I have ever seen placed in magical setting. Everywhere you turn you find something spectacular to look at. This is about as authentic as you can get to France and this right here in the United States! Incidentally, service and shipping was handled very professionally….and I could not be happier. Visit www.authenticprovence.com for more information.

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