We didn’t even know we were looking for them, but then… an ancient, weather-burnished Italian oil jar stood waiting for discovery. An old wooden wagon with softly faded color appeared just inside a black, dark barn. No… TWO wagons. One small, aged jar next to a shop door keeping the secret of scores more hiding in a yard on a quiet, residential street on the outskirts of Athens. We are addicted to the thrill of finding relics of another time and bringing them back to Eye of the Day for you to place in your garden as a focal point or a working element.
One of our favorite finds happened last winter. From across a busy street, Julia pointed and we looked. A little Greek jar invited us to come closer. Inside the shop were a few more pots of different sizes scattered among more common antiques: furniture, tabletop ornaments, lamps, mirrors. But the traditional Greek pots held our interest. We began a conversation with the store owner and soon found ourselves being driven by her husband to their lovely home. Much further than we thought we would be driven… were we safe? Did we know what we were doing? YES, apparently so. Sometime later, after generous consumption of Retsina and thick, heady coffee, Julia stood on the patio overlooking the small lot next door and looked down to an excellent collection of old Greek jars. Some large, others small, many whitewashed, some soft blue. They have been the typical storage container in Greece for centuries. And now you can see them at Eye of the Day.
As many other days, this one was made special as we found what we were unaware of seeking, adding a new layer of texture to our already burgeoning selection.
To view an image of one of the old Greek Pithari jars from our collection visit: https://www.eyeofthedaygdc.com/#/products/planters-and-pots/antiques/old-greek-pithari-1/
I noticed the old Greek Pithari jars on your *beautiful* website while searching for a big concrete vase to hold my giant bird of paradise in the wind. The Pithari’s are truly fascinating, and what a wonderful description of finding them! Your writing, website and Eye of the Garden are wonderful! I could spend hours…