These lovely jars were produced in the first half of the 18th Century in the Biot region of southern France.
As you might expect, lots of other cultures created similar vessels for everyday use. So, whether you are considering the French version or one from Italy or even Greece, they are a lovely addition to any interior!
Their purpose is quite obvious - they were used to store both dry and wet goods.
At the time these were very utilitarian. But, now they are truly like antique works of art and can add some real interest to a space.