The most important place in the hydraulic powered mill.
With the stone baths and pressing wheels for breaking down into pulp the olives a great double press together with the special utensils used it was possible to produce hundreds of tons of olive oil every year. A scale model illustrates the complex mechanism used for turning the pressure wheels using the pressure from the water to turn the wheel placed on the side of the mill.
These large ceramic vessels could contain up to a hundred or more kilos of oil. Different forms and shapes were produced in specialized regions such as Biot in Provence and Impruneta in Tuscany then supplied to the olive oil producing areas.
Dimensions: height between 50-120cm. Diameters between 40-80cm
Manufacturing technique: handmade and lined with a glass like material
Origin: Biot, Provence
Dated: between XVIII and XX centuries
Use: for the storage of olive oil