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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MCM Iittala Finland Wirkkala Ultima Thule Pitcher
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
MCM Iittala Finland Wirkkala Ultima Thule Pitcher
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $20- $15,000
$10012 Bids
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LOT OF MISC ITEMS
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
LOT OF MISC ITEMS
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$86 Bids
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UNMARKED PRESSES GLASS PITCHER
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
UNMARKED PRESSES GLASS PITCHER
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
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Vintage 7 pc. Blendo Beverage set
Oct 23, 2:00 PM EDT
Vintage 7 pc. Blendo Beverage set
by Heritage Antiques & Auction
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
Antique Victorian ribbed ruby glass bowl and a Victorian jug, approx 18cm and smaller (2)
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Antique Victorian ribbed ruby glass bowl and a Victorian jug, approx 18cm and smaller (2)
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD101 Bid
Ancient Palestinian Brown Glass Pitcher
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Ancient Palestinian Brown Glass Pitcher
by Showplace
Est: $400- $600
$1000 Bids
Salviati Attr. Murano Modern Art Glass Pitcher
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Salviati Attr. Murano Modern Art Glass Pitcher
by Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
Group of sterling and glass items
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Group of sterling and glass items
by Jaremos
Est: $50- $200
$200 Bids
Bluerina water pitcher and tumblers
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Bluerina water pitcher and tumblers
by Jaremos
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Wheeling Peachblow water pitcher
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Wheeling Peachblow water pitcher
by Jaremos
Est: $400- $600
$1000 Bids
Pairpoint ABCG tumble up
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Pairpoint ABCG tumble up
by Jaremos
Est: $150- $300
$500 Bids
Vaseline opalescent glass ewer
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Vaseline opalescent glass ewer
by Jaremos
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Peloton art glass tankard pitcher
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Peloton art glass tankard pitcher
by Jaremos
Est: $50- $100
$200 Bids
Two enameled glass items
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Two enameled glass items
by Jaremos
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
Findlay Onyx syrup pitcher
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Findlay Onyx syrup pitcher
by Jaremos
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Two MOP glass cruet bottles
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Two MOP glass cruet bottles
by Jaremos
Est: $150- $300
$500 Bids
Pink MOP glass and metal pitcher
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Pink MOP glass and metal pitcher
by Jaremos
Est: $50- $100
$200 Bids
Four piece grouping of satin glass
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Four piece grouping of satin glass
by Jaremos
Est: $60- $120
$300 Bids
Two Victorian satin glass items
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Two Victorian satin glass items
by Jaremos
Est: $100- $200
$700 Bids
Mt. Washington Crown Milano ewer
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Mt. Washington Crown Milano ewer
by Jaremos
Est: $500- $1,000
$1000 Bids
Amberina tankard pitcher and glasses
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Amberina tankard pitcher and glasses
by Jaremos
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Amberina water pitcher and glasses
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Amberina water pitcher and glasses
by Jaremos
Est: $80- $160
$500 Bids
Rainbow glass water pitcher
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Rainbow glass water pitcher
by Jaremos
Est: $200- $600
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Glass Pitchers & Jugs


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Jaremos

Jaremos

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Historia Auktionshaus

Auktionshaus Wendl

Auktionshaus Wendl