Item # LFALODEM1
Charming antique French demijohn or bonbonne with handles, encased in original wooden slat protection. Red metal collar around the top reads Perrin & Fils Rognonas Brevete. These unique handblown bottles were used to store eau de vie once the oak cask aging process was completed. When the master distiller wanted to stop the maturation of the cognac, it was transferred to glass demijohns. Aging in oak, beyond 50 years, does nothing to enhance the taste of cognac, and unlike wine, cognac will not mature when stored in glass. Demijohns were in wide use from the 1700s to the early 1900s.
The term demijohn or Dame-Jeanne as it's known in France, refers to any glass vessel with a large body and small neck. Legend has it that on a stormy night in 1347, the Countess of Provence (Queen Jeanne of Naples) took refuge in the home of a glass blower in Provence. Nervous at the prospect of blowing glass for the Queen, the Provençal glass blower overdid the blowing, creating an enormous bottle with a capacity of ten litres. When he wanted to call the bottle "Queen Jeanne," the modest queen suggested calling it "Dame Jeanne" instead.
h - 30"
w - 16"
d - 16"
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