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Guest showcase: 30cm oval cocotte for Blaser et Cie

This lovely cocotte has graceful touches that mark it as an antique pre-war piece.

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34cm Jones Bros. saucepan “Moulton Paddocks”

A historical house, a famous owner, a bygone maker — for me, this pot hits the trifecta.

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20cm stewpot, “Dehillerin Successeur Lagaldie”

This little stewpot carries a very early Dehillerin stamp that I had never seen before.

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34cm Jules Gaillard and 36cm J.E. Gaillard saucepans

These two big pots are a master class in 19th and 20th century Gaillard coppercrafting.

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Guest showcase: Trizac saucepans with lids

These beautiful saucepans and lids are everyday masterpieces from a lesser-known Parisian atelier.

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30cm saute “Frankenpan”

This pan is… strange.

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Guest showcase: Trizac saucepans with lids

These beautiful saucepans and lids are everyday masterpieces from a lesser-known Parisian atelier.

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Until you have spent some time online reading antique English cookbooks, my friend, you have not lived.

Two 28cm sauté pans, both alike in dignity…

I’m starting to suspect this isn’t an antique French pan but instead a modern reproduction. And a reader has solved the mystery for me!