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Glass Pitchers & Jugs

Capturing both the functional and the fun, glass pitchers and jugs enjoy a long history of design innovation. From the dusty glass amphorae of the ancient world to the elegant cut crystal ewer of the present, glass pitchers and jugs tantalize collectors for variety, versatility, and value.

Since the earliest days of human culture, there has been a desire to store and transport liquids. It was not until the cultures of ancient Egypt and Rome, however, that the glass vessel evolved for such purposes. Refinements in glassmaking during these periods allowed for more elegant and elaborate forms, such as the pitcher, and thereby ushered in the popularity of the form.

Glass pitchers, particularly the delicate form known as the ewer, became increasingly popular by the days of the Renaissance, with Venetian glassblowers creating increasingly elongated and exquisite examples that were often further accentuated with painted or gilt accents. This tradition of gorgeous glass pitchers only expanded further with the introduction of crystal and cut glass, which showcased both the brilliant clarity and cutting-edge craftsmanship of glassmakers. Resulting from this dynamic history is a field of antique glass pitchers and jugs that have stood the test of time and still remain in good taste.


Quick Facts

  • The name pitcher can be traced in origin to the Medieval Latin word "bicarium," a term used describe a earthenware jug or vessel
  • Surviving examples of the ancient Roman glass amphora, a variation on the jug, date to the 1st century A.D.
  • An 18th-century Imperial Chinese ruby glass ewer broke records at a Christie's Hong Kong auction in 2010: featuring elaborate dragon motifs and an gilt-metal handle, the vessel sold for $2,402,400

Recommended Items at Auction

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Large Glass Jug
Mar 05, 9:00 AM EST
Large Glass Jug
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$256 Bids
Etched Flower 40 Oz Small Clear Glass Ball Juice Milk Pitcher
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Etched Flower 40 Oz Small Clear Glass Ball Juice Milk Pitcher
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$66 Bids
(2) Blakely Oil & Gas AZ Cactus Pitchers
Mar 09, 10:00 AM MST
(2) Blakely Oil & Gas AZ Cactus Pitchers
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$704 Bids
Glass Jug with Lid
Mar 05, 9:00 AM EST
Glass Jug with Lid
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$63 Bids
J.E. CALDWELL & Co Sterling Art Glass Tankard
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
J.E. CALDWELL & Co Sterling Art Glass Tankard
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$252 Bids
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Vintage Edged Glass Pitcher 10"
Mar 07, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Edged Glass Pitcher 10"
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
St Louis cut glass crystal water jug, boxed (has writing to box)
Mar 08, 10:00 AM GMT
St Louis cut glass crystal water jug, boxed (has writing to box)
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £60- £120
£301 Bid
Blue Pitcher Marked USA and White Glass Vase
Mar 05, 9:00 AM EST
Blue Pitcher Marked USA and White Glass Vase
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
THREE: ENGLISH Auburn glass flask with Metal mount, Glass handled pitcher, glass decanter
Mar 07, 12:00 PM GMT
THREE: ENGLISH Auburn glass flask with Metal mount, Glass handled pitcher, glass decanter
by Orion Asian Art
Est: £20- £60
£201 Bid
Emile Galle Currants Cameo Glass Creamer
Mar 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Emile Galle Currants Cameo Glass Creamer
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Green Glass Pinched Spout Pitcher and Glasses (9) Pieces.
Mar 07, 6:30 PM EST
Green Glass Pinched Spout Pitcher and Glasses (9) Pieces.
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Hand Blown Italian Green Glassware (10) Piece Set.
Mar 07, 6:30 PM EST
Hand Blown Italian Green Glassware (10) Piece Set.
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Vintage Uranium Vaseline hobnail design small pitcher
Mar 16, 11:00 AM EDT
Vintage Uranium Vaseline hobnail design small pitcher
by TEG Auction Gallery
Est: $50- $110
$201 Bid
Pitcher and Glasses
Mar 07, 6:30 PM EST
Pitcher and Glasses
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Martinellie's Cider Glass Jug, glass Lid
Mar 05, 9:00 AM EST
Martinellie's Cider Glass Jug, glass Lid
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
CONTINENTAL ACID ETCHED FLORAL GLASS JUG OR PITCHER, CIRCA 1950
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
CONTINENTAL ACID ETCHED FLORAL GLASS JUG OR PITCHER, CIRCA 1950
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $150- $250
$1300 Bids
AMERICAN STERLING SILVER OVERLAY GLASS PITCHER, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
AMERICAN STERLING SILVER OVERLAY GLASS PITCHER, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $150- $200
$1300 Bids
EARLY AMERICAN PRESS CUT CREAMER
Mar 09, 11:00 AM CST
EARLY AMERICAN PRESS CUT CREAMER
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $15- $25
$20 Bids
Vintage Electric Blue Glass Drink Set
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage Electric Blue Glass Drink Set
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
Hand Painted Pitcher with 2 Martini Glasses
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Hand Painted Pitcher with 2 Martini Glasses
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
VINTAGE PEWTER MOUNTED YELLOW GLASS PITCHER
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
VINTAGE PEWTER MOUNTED YELLOW GLASS PITCHER
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $150- $200
$1200 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Glass Pitchers & Jugs


Wehrly's Auction Service

Wehrly's Auction Service

Potteries Auctions

Potteries Auctions

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Premier Auction Galleries

DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions

DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions