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Lilac, white and green jasperware cachepot with saucer, 1785–1790, by William Adams & Sons.

A cachepot (/ˈkæʃpɒt, -p/[1], French: [kaʃpo]) is a French term for what is usually called in modern English a "planter", namely a decorative container or "overpot" for a plant and its flowerpot, for indoors use, usually with no drainage hole at the bottom, or sometimes with a matching saucer. It is intended to be more attractive than the terracotta (or today, plastic) flowerpot in which the plant grows, and to keep water off furniture surfaces.[2]

Another French term is jardinière; the distinction is that that is usually larger, and sits on the floor, either indoors or outdoors. They are often rectangular, where a cachepot is typically round. A cachepot is meant to be displayed on a tabletop, mantel, or shelf indoors.[3]

In modern English the term is usually found in descriptions of porcelain examples.


The word cachepot is French, from the French word, cacher, meaning "to hide".[4] Cachepots are vase-like containers to aesthetically hide a growing pot holding the plant itself[5] to provide greenery indoors.

Pair of 19th-century cachepots in Meissen porcelain.


A cachepot can be of glass, ceramic, iron, tin or other metal, impervious material and without drainage holes. It is often made from a raw material such as clay, disfigured by spots of water or fertilizer for a rustic appearance. To protect surfaces, the pot has no hole at its base for discharging excess water, so it does not stain the furniture underneath it, while it catches any soil or drips from the potplant.

However, such a design presents a risk for the plant, whose roots can rot if left immersed in water. This means the cachepot should be drained after watering in situ or the potplant watered separately then replaced after being left to drain.



Cachepots have been given as gifts from the former United States president Bill Clinton to foreign visitors.[6] The Clinton gift was a custom-designed Tiffany silver cachepot given to many visiting heads of state.[7]

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  1. ^ "cachepot". Unabridged. Random House. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  2. ^ Cachepot article [1]
  3. ^ "Antique Terminology: JARDINIÈRES AND CACHEPOTS". The Buzz On Antiques. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  4. ^ Cachepot article [2]
  5. ^ Cachepot article [3]
  6. ^ "Gifts Given to the U.S. President — The Atlantic". The Atlantic. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Gifts Given to the U.S. President — The Atlantic". The Atlantic. Retrieved 8 August 2016.