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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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Antique Glass Fruit Jar Estate Collection
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique Glass Fruit Jar Estate Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$218 Bids
Early Virginia Pottery Crocks
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Early Virginia Pottery Crocks
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Est: $10- $1,000
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Howdy Doody Cookie Jar
Oct 29, 12:00 PM PDT
Howdy Doody Cookie Jar
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $175- $500
$466 Bids
Jofern Silas Puffer Hopi Pottery pot Native American Cylindrical Jar
Oct 30, 6:00 PM MST
Jofern Silas Puffer Hopi Pottery pot Native American Cylindrical Jar
by Ace Of Estates
Est: $800- $1,500
$1606 Bids
Decorative lidded ginger jar on a wooden base, approx 32cm H
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Decorative lidded ginger jar on a wooden base, approx 32cm H
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Est: AUD20- AUD30
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3 PA redware jelly jars
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
3 PA redware jelly jars
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Est: $0- $0
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6 Vic Cherry tooth paste jars
Oct 31, 10:00 AM AEDT
6 Vic Cherry tooth paste jars
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Est: AUD100- AUD200
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3 redware jelly jars
Nov 19, 4:00 PM EST
3 redware jelly jars
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Est: $0- $0
$503 Bids
Art Nouveau Ladies Dresser Jar
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Art Nouveau Ladies Dresser Jar
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Est: $10- $1,000
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Antique American Pottery Jam Jars
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Antique American Pottery Jam Jars
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Est: $10- $1,000
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LOT OF PFALTZGRAFF CANNISTERS WITH LIDS AND MISC
Nov 02, 12:00 PM EDT
LOT OF PFALTZGRAFF CANNISTERS WITH LIDS AND MISC
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$32 Bids
JIN DYNASTY CIZHOU DECORATIVE POTTERY JAR
Nov 12, 11:00 AM EST
JIN DYNASTY CIZHOU DECORATIVE POTTERY JAR
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Tony Da (San Ildefonso, 1940-2008) Redware Lidded Jar, with Turquoise Cabochons
Nov 03, 10:00 AM MDT
Tony Da (San Ildefonso, 1940-2008) Redware Lidded Jar, with Turquoise Cabochons
by Hindman
Est: $10,000- $15,000
$5,0001 Bid
Tony Da (San Ildefonso, 1940-2008) Black and Sienna Lidded Jar, with Turquoise Cabochons
Nov 03, 10:00 AM MDT
Tony Da (San Ildefonso, 1940-2008) Black and Sienna Lidded Jar, with Turquoise Cabochons
by Hindman
Est: $15,000- $25,000
$7,5001 Bid
Marie Chinana Jemez Pottery Seed Jar Pot Native American
Oct 30, 6:00 PM MST
Marie Chinana Jemez Pottery Seed Jar Pot Native American
by Ace Of Estates
Est: $30- $100
$51 Bid
Vintage Gilt Pulvis Mumiae Apothecary Jar
Dec 03, 10:00 AM GMT
Vintage Gilt Pulvis Mumiae Apothecary Jar
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Est: £100- £140
£51 Bid
Large Bronze Age Storage Jar with Pie Crust Handles
Dec 01, 10:00 AM GMT
Large Bronze Age Storage Jar with Pie Crust Handles
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£51 Bid
Three White Serving Bowls, an Owl Cookie Jar & Imitation Fruit
Nov 14, 11:00 AM AEDT
Three White Serving Bowls, an Owl Cookie Jar & Imitation Fruit
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD40- AUD80
AUD201 Bid
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MURPHY COOKIE JAR AND MISC KITCHEN ITEMS
Nov 02, 12:00 PM EDT
MURPHY COOKIE JAR AND MISC KITCHEN ITEMS
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Oriental Covered Jar, Hand Painted Porcelain Lid
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Oriental Covered Jar, Hand Painted Porcelain Lid
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Comb incised redware jar
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Comb incised redware jar
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$301 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Jars


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Designer Homes of Central Florida

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