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Cornelis Jacobz Delff 1570–1643


Couvre Feu/Fire Cover

Dimensions: 12 inches (30cm) Diameter x 10 inches (24 cm) tall exclusive of handle

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$100.00 (comes unglazed)

Made of Mica Red Clay from New Mexico

We made a slight modification and added removable vent covers so that one can regulate airflow.


Fire Cover 1350 England

This is a fire cover,(French "couvre feu") used since medieval times, (perhaps even earlier) in a fireplace to cover ones coals in the evening before going to bed to prevent fires from spreading. It also safely contains the coals if one wants to keep them going. Many were made of metal; ours is made from unglazed Mica Red clay from New Mexico.

"This object is made from unglazed terracotta clay. It is a large domed lid with a handle and a hole pierced in the top. It looks a bit like a food cover ... But this unusual object had an important function to prevent fire in medieval times. Its name also has an interesting origin…
In medieval times a bell would be rung in the evening as a signal that everyone must go to bed. This was known as the curfew and meant that people should cover their fires. If the fire was covered by a protective guard it would smolder safely throughout the night and could be easily re-ignited the next morning. The hole in the lid of the cover meant that oxygen could still get into the fire and it wouldn’t go out altogether.
In those days most structures were made of wood, and fire damage was a major problem in towns and villages. The word "curfew" derives from the French "couvre-feu" (cover fire). So, the fire cover became known as the 'curfew'."

Pipkins: 1200-1790's

Covered, Tall Pipkin

12" (30 cm) tall, including cover and 7 inches (17cm) diameter Made of Mica Red clay

Clear-Glazed, inside only




Custom sizes and shapes available, e-mail us for a quote!


Medieval Elongated Pipkin (Origin Unknown)

Pipkins are ceramic items used as saucepans, most likely first appeared in the thirteenth century, and were used well into the late Middle Ages and the Early Modern period (c. 1790's). By the fifteenth century, the pipkin was a common item that could be found in most medieval households.

The pipkin is a round bowl... with a hollow handle coming off of one side and angled slightly upwards. Pipkins were an everyday item used for cooking and for storing food; to use it, a person would place a pipkin on top of hot coals in order to heat the contents.

Pipkins are a type of pottery classified as “Early Surrey coarseware.” They were made in “white-firing clay,” although the carbon used during production would contribute to a darker overall color. Usually pipkins were not fancifully decorated, aside from the glaze on the inner surface. Materials used to make pipkins include ironstone, quartz grains, sandstone, and other items that were specific to West Surrey - hence the origin of the name. Other items that are included in the category of Early Surrey wares include cooking pots and spouted pitchers. The products of Early Surrey coarseware were most commonly imported into London from other parts of England. The pipkin is just one of four glazed pottery items that were popular during this time, along with the dripping dish, chafing dish, and jug. The pipkin, however, is the earliest known example. In general, this “coarse London ware" is a type that is made of a mixture of sand, quartz, ironstone, sandstone, flint, and shell fragments. The glaze was applied by a process known as “splashing.”

An interesting aspect of the pipkin in particular is its physical shape in relation to a suggested metaphorical meaning. Research has proposed that the creation of medieval pottery to reflect male and female sexuality is a prevalent theme among household objects. The round-shaped bowl of the pipkin has been suggested to represent a woman’s womb. This shape alludes to the pipkin having a double meaning for both fertility as well as good fortune. (edited for content)

Chafing Dish/Brazier 1500's-1600's (Bowl not included)


9 inches (22cm) diameter/8 inches (20 cm) tall

Shown with Yellow Engobe, unglazed

$150.00 (glazed $165.00)



Diego Velázquez portrayed an old woman poaching eggs in a glazed earthenware chafing dish over charcoal. (1617)

A chafing dish (from the French chauffer, "to make warm") is a kind of portable grate raised on a tripod, originally heated with charcoal in a brazier, and used for foods that require gentle cooking, away from the "fierce" heat of direct flames.
Fragments of ceramic chafing dishes are common in the archaeology of medieval city sites, such as York, England. Chafing dishes in the form of charcoal-burning braziers are familiar in 17th-century American inventories almost from the start.

Historical Examples of Chafing Dishes/Braziers

L-R: Norwich 15th c. | England 15th/16th c.|Surry/Hampshire Red Borderware 1550-1699 |Tudor Brownware 16th c.

Colonial 17th c. Plimoth Plantation Style Drip Pan

Dimensions :Appx. 12inches (26cm) long x 6 inches (14 cm) across x 3 inches (8cm) deep.

With an added spout in the center of the long 12 inch side, and with flat spot on the bottom so that it will sit upright.

Mica Red Clay, Satin Clear-glazed (shown) Can be Gloss glazed.



Drip pan (below)at Plimoth Plantation USA upon which this was based, minus the legs. (No copyright infringement intended.)

Delft Ointment Jar 1600-1633

5 inches (13cm) tall


Photo of Original


English Delft Ogee Ointment Bowls, Late 17thc

$45.00 Each

6.5 cm and 5 cm Diameter

Photo of Originals