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Jars

The ceramic jar is an ever-present element in the history of pottery production due to equal parts remarkable functionality and decorative license. From simple stoneware to pristine porcelain, antique and vintage ceramic jars still tantalize collectors today with both their utility and unique beauty.

The history of the ceramic jar took root among the earliest cultures, who explored the potential of ceramic pieces in a variety of quotidian contexts. Soon discovered to be essential for the service of food, ceramic wares also filled the need for storage of materials when they were fitted with a lid, and thus, the jar was born. As time passed, the jar and its accompanying lid became increasingly decorative.

Early Chinese porcelain jars featured elaborate motifs and elegant glazes as early as the 8th century B.C., and European makers began following suit as soon as these traditions trickled westward. What remains today is a diverse field of antique ceramic jugs that is enticing to collectors.


Quick Facts

  • Some of the most striking ceramic jars of the ancient world were those made in ancient Egypt. One of their customized forms was that of the canopic jar, which was designed to preserve the integral interior organs of a deceased individual for use again in the afterlife
  • In the early days of ancient Greece, amphorae, or elegant and elongated jars used for the storage of wine or oils, were also symbolically used as grave markers for women
  • The residents of Moss, Norway believe their town is home to the world’s largest ceramic jar: measuring nearly 17 feet tall and made of almost 10 tons of clay, it was revealed in 2001 as part of a celebration for the new millennium

Recommended Items at Auction

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Himer Fox Chatham County N.C. Pottery Crock
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Himer Fox Chatham County N.C. Pottery Crock
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1106 Bids
Porcelain Gene Autry The Singing Cowboy Cookie Jar
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
Porcelain Gene Autry The Singing Cowboy Cookie Jar
by Gray's Auctioneers
Est: $80- $120
$805 Bids
Porcelain Limited Edition Hopalong Cassidy Cookie Jar
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
Porcelain Limited Edition Hopalong Cassidy Cookie Jar
by Gray's Auctioneers
Est: $80- $120
$804 Bids
Porcelain The Lone Ranger and Silver Cookie Jar
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
Porcelain The Lone Ranger and Silver Cookie Jar
by Gray's Auctioneers
Est: $80- $120
$704 Bids
Five Blue Apothecary Jars
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Five Blue Apothecary Jars
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$4502 Bids
Lot of Antique Crocks and Jars - Red Wing, etc.
Dec 03, 11:00 AM CST
Lot of Antique Crocks and Jars - Red Wing, etc.
by Direct Auction Galleries, Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$252 Bids
Pair of Dutch Apothecary Jars & One French (3)
Nov 29, 12:00 PM EST
Pair of Dutch Apothecary Jars & One French (3)
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $200- $400
$1102 Bids
Early American Pottery Blue Decorated Crock
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Early American Pottery Blue Decorated Crock
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$552 Bids
Set of German Porcelain Apothecary Jars (3)
Nov 29, 12:00 PM EST
Set of German Porcelain Apothecary Jars (3)
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Pair of French Porcelain Apothecary Jars
Nov 29, 12:00 PM EST
Pair of French Porcelain Apothecary Jars
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
OLD FASHION SANTA CLAUS COOKIE JAR
Dec 02, 12:00 PM EST
OLD FASHION SANTA CLAUS COOKIE JAR
by Converse Auctions
Est: $20- $40
$101 Bid
Anonym/Anonimo
Dec 03, 3:00 PM CET
Anonym/Anonimo
by Bozner Kunstauktionen
Est: €220- €286
€2201 Bid
(6) CONTINENTAL FAIENCE LIDDED APOTHECARY JARS
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
(6) CONTINENTAL FAIENCE LIDDED APOTHECARY JARS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$801 Bid
RICHARD JOYCE FOR PILKINGTON - ROYAL LANCASTRIAN GINGER JAR AND COVER
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
RICHARD JOYCE FOR PILKINGTON - ROYAL LANCASTRIAN GINGER JAR AND COVER
by Capsule Gallery Auction
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5001 Bid
VINTAGE AUNT JEMIMA COLD PAINTED CERAMIC COOKIE JAR
Dec 02, 4:00 PM EST
VINTAGE AUNT JEMIMA COLD PAINTED CERAMIC COOKIE JAR
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
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Rare Pottery Tobacco Jar with Dutch Children Scene
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Rare Pottery Tobacco Jar with Dutch Children Scene
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $800
$201 Bid
Large Chinese ”Hammer" Porcelain Famille Rose Vase
Nov 30, 11:30 AM EST
Large Chinese ”Hammer" Porcelain Famille Rose Vase
by Latair Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$1001 Bid
Michael Simon Large Salt glazed 'Horses' Lidded Jar
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Michael Simon Large Salt glazed 'Horses' Lidded Jar
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$5001 Bid
Porcelain Roy Rogers Cookie Jar
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
Porcelain Roy Rogers Cookie Jar
by Gray's Auctioneers
Est: $80- $120
$401 Bid
Vintage Signed Gilt Porcelain Ginger Jar
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Signed Gilt Porcelain Ginger Jar
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $80
$11 Bid
A blue and white porcelain covered jarlet painted with altar offering set
Dec 03, 6:00 PM ICT
A blue and white porcelain covered jarlet painted with altar offering set
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿5,000- ฿7,000
฿1,0001 Bid
Western PA Blue Decorated Pottery Crock
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Western PA Blue Decorated Pottery Crock
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
Popeye, Sweatpea & Olive Oil Cookie Jars
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
Popeye, Sweatpea & Olive Oil Cookie Jars
by Weiss Auctions
Est: $80- $160
$401 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Jars


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Hampel Fine Art Auctions

Hampel Fine Art Auctions

Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn

Jackson's International

Jackson's International