My Love of Vintage Dough Bowls | Spindle & Rye

My Love of Vintage Dough Bowls

Friday, August 14, 2015

I'm not sure about you, but I'm willing to admit that I have had an obsession with antique vintage dough bowls for the past few years. And by obsession, I mean dragging my fiance to countless flea markets & antique shops on the weekends to hunt down the perfect bowl.

I would make it a point to ask the sellers in advance if they had any vintage dough bowls upon entering their stores, and most just looked at me like I had three heads.
C'mon people, there's a vintage bowl movement out there and everyone is trying to get their hot little hands on one! If I did find an authentic bowl I liked, it was either the wrong size, it was cracked right down the middle, or the price exceeded the amount I would get if I sold a kidney (and I like my kidneys!)

Now don't get me wrong, I could have easily picked up a new dough bowl at my local Home Goods store, but truth be told, "new" wasn't what I was after.

What IS a dough bowl anyways? I honestly didn't even know....I just knew I had to have one!

In the first half of the 20th century, Magyar bakers at farmhouses in Hungary and other Eastern European countries used these hand-carved, antique wooden bowls to make bread. Depending on the length of the bowl, three ladies would be using it at the same time. Two women would be on the same side working the ends of the dough, and another woman on the opposite side towards the middle, rocking the bowl back and forth at the same time.

I try to lean more towards the stories and history behind each piece I bring into my home. Just the thought of an artisan creating the bowl with their own hands, or the people who used it in their daily lives.....that's the kind of history that gives me the goosebumps!

Just when I had almost given up hope on ever finding the perfect vintage dough bowl, the awesome ladies over at Painted Fox started carrying a Found authentic line of dough still my heart!
Not only do they carry the larger rectangular version (anywhere from 24" to 35" long), but they also carry a round dough bowl (20" - 30" in length)

The bowls are sourced from Turkey, and each vintage bowl bears markings of use and history, making them unique one of a kind pieces. Some of the markings include metal patching, grooves from use over time, and worm holes. Talk about history!
These bowls come in various shapes and sizes, so no two pieces are exactly the same.

I couldn't love The Artisan dough bowl more than I already do. Just look at the size of this baby!
This is definitely a statement piece being over 35" long and 14' wide.
My mind is racing with ways to style this Turkish beauty for the upcoming Holidays. Just think of the countless ways you could use this as a tabletop centerpiece,
 I see it filled with fresh greenery layered on the bottom, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, vintage ornaments, and tea light candles. How pretty!

I instantly knew that The Istanbul  round dough bowl would be the perfect size for my coffee table. I'm pretty practical when it comes to everyday living, and I needed a place to store my magazine subscriptions. Just look at the detail of the markings & grooves!

Not only are these pieces functional, they are conversation starters. I just love sharing the history behind my dough bowls, and our guests really love learning more about them too!

It's all in the details.....and these gorgeous pieces have detail for days.

Both The Artisan & The Istanbul dough bowls are part of my Painted Fox Summer Favorites Collection  and are available to you at a 25% off discount if you use the code: SPINDLEANDRYE at checkout.

I would love to see how YOU style your dough bowls too!
Make sure you are following me on Instagram  (@colletteosuna) and tag me in your dough bowl photos .

Have a great day friends & Happy Shopping!


  1. I too bought a dough bowl, but I knew nothing about them. In fact when I bought it I had never ever heard of one. They said it was authentic but how do I know, and where can I get more information on these

    Thank you

  2. I purchased a big primitive trencher or trough with handles... And it is not one piece but rectangle shape with sides? Have you ever seen anything like this?