ANTIQUE FRENCH BAGUETTE BASKET
Item # LFA135
Antique French banneton (baguette basket). Circa early 1900's. Made from willow with linen lining. Will look beautiful displayed in your kitchen as a centerpiece with dried flowers, fruits or vegetables or use it to hold a row of votives on your table. Line it with an antique French towel and use it to serve a warm baguette. A wonderful French Country accent for your home. From a regional boulangerie in Brittany, France.
These baskets, also known as bannetons, were used in boulangeries throughout France by French bakers. The baskets, usually made from willow, provided structure for sourdough breads and wicked moisture from the crust during proofing. Bannetons typically have a linen lining sewn with twine that prevented the dough from sticking to the sides. The cloth was often left unwashed to let the yeast and flour collect, aiding in the proofing process. After the dough had risen, it was removed from the basket to bake and then put back in the basket to cool. Bakers used these baskets until they were literally ready to fall apart, so many of the antique ones have a heavily worn appearance. These are becoming more rare and very collectible.
h - 3"
w - 32"
d - 4.5"
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