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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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Art glass pitcher
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
Art glass pitcher
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$63 Bids
(12pc) Hand-Painted Glassware, Stemware, Pitcher
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
(12pc) Hand-Painted Glassware, Stemware, Pitcher
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
BLUE HAND BLOWN CRUIET
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
BLUE HAND BLOWN CRUIET
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $25- $45
$51 Bid
Art glass pitcher
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
Art glass pitcher
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
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Oct 13, 5:30 PM EDT
kitchen items
by BLG Auction Services
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
BLOWN AND ENGRAVED GLASS SYRUP PITCHER,
Oct 14, 9:00 AM EDT
BLOWN AND ENGRAVED GLASS SYRUP PITCHER,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
2 ruby glass cruets
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
2 ruby glass cruets
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Silver Plate And Glass Chicken Pitcher
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Silver Plate And Glass Chicken Pitcher
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
LE VERRE FRANCAIS Grand pichet
Oct 06, 2:30 PM CEST
LE VERRE FRANCAIS Grand pichet
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €300- €600
€2501 Bid
Hand blown crackle glass miniature pitcher
Oct 03, 11:30 PM EDT
Hand blown crackle glass miniature pitcher
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $40- $50
$250 Bids
Crackle glass miniature pitcher
Oct 03, 11:30 PM EDT
Crackle glass miniature pitcher
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $40- $50
$250 Bids
Antique cranberry to clear pitcher
Oct 03, 11:30 PM EDT
Antique cranberry to clear pitcher
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $100- $125
$500 Bids
Jugendstil Schenkkrug / An Art Nouveau jug, WMF, Geislingen, um 1900
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CEST
Jugendstil Schenkkrug / An Art Nouveau jug, WMF, Geislingen, um 1900
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €90- €180
€900 Bids
Two antique pitchers, 1890
Oct 07, 10:00 AM CEST
Two antique pitchers, 1890
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€1300 Bids
THREE VINTAGE GLASS PITCHERS
Oct 25, 9:00 AM CDT
THREE VINTAGE GLASS PITCHERS
by Jackson's International
Est: $10- $20
$100 Bids
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Gucci Brocca Gucci con scatola
Oct 04, 4:00 PM CEST
Gucci Brocca Gucci con scatola
by Faraone Casa d'Aste
Est: €200- €300
€2000 Bids
Spaans glazen kannetje met handvat waarop een haantje  en 2 tuiten op hoge holle voet, 17e/18e eeuw,
Oct 03, 7:00 PM CEST
Spaans glazen kannetje met handvat waarop een haantje  en 2 tuiten op hoge holle voet, 17e/18e eeuw,
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €150- €250
€1500 Bids
Spaans glazen kannetje met handvat waarop een haantje  en 2 tuiten op platte voet, 17e/18e eeuw, h.
Oct 03, 7:00 PM CEST
Spaans glazen kannetje met handvat waarop een haantje  en 2 tuiten op platte voet, 17e/18e eeuw, h.
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €150- €250
€1500 Bids
VINTAGE ART GLASS GROUP
Oct 25, 9:00 AM CDT
VINTAGE ART GLASS GROUP
by Jackson's International
Est: $10- $20
$100 Bids
An Opaline Glass Drink Service
Oct 10, 10:00 AM CDT
An Opaline Glass Drink Service
by Hindman
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
A New England Wild Rose Agata Glass Water Pitcher
Oct 10, 10:00 AM CDT
A New England Wild Rose Agata Glass Water Pitcher
by Hindman
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
FOUR PIECE MONOGRAMMED GLASS BAR SET
Oct 12, 12:00 PM EDT
FOUR PIECE MONOGRAMMED GLASS BAR SET
by Converse Auctions
Est: $40- $80
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Glass Pitchers & Jugs


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Laganside Auctions

Laganside Auctions

Wehrly's Auction Service

Wehrly's Auction Service