Tuesday, October 5, 2010


I really love this painting by Jean-Francois Millet [French Realist Painter, 1814-1875], and I wanted to share it with you. Note the glow coming from the oven and the enormous proofing baskets. You can see the peel's long handle bending under the weight of the dough going into the oven. There's a pitch fork leaning up against the oven, probably for organizing the fuel that might have been dried stalks of some sort from the fields. Bundled brush and twigs were also used to fire the oven. The colors are somber, helping to create a very atmospheric painting.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Bread Oven Discovery

Although not much to go on, if you have any thoughts about this discovery, Sebastian would really appreciate hearing from you. He can be reached here: Sebastian@asif-khan.com


I am an interior architect in London currently working on a project in the village of Stonesfield near to the historic town of Oxford.
The owner of an old cottage has asked us to do some minor renovation work and yesterday whilst surveying we accidently broke through an interior wall at low level and discovered what we think is the inside of an old bread oven. Very exciting. We understand that the building itself is one of the oldest in the village and dates to 1690 or there abouts.
We found your blog and think its amazing!
I´ve attached a photo of what we found.. it was difficult to get a camera through the hole we made. It would be really helpful if you could give us your thoughts - maybe you can post something on your blog if it turns out to be a true find!

Best wishes


Sebastian Klawiter