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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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Vintage Crock, 8 X 8
Feb 27, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Crock, 8 X 8
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$63 Bids
J.E. Morris Dealer Fancy Groceries Wheeling W.VA Pottery Crock
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
J.E. Morris Dealer Fancy Groceries Wheeling W.VA Pottery Crock
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$552 Bids
PETER MAX 'ZERO' CERAMIC LIDDED COOKIE JAR
Feb 23, 10:00 AM EST
PETER MAX 'ZERO' CERAMIC LIDDED COOKIE JAR
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2502 Bids
(2 Pc) Hand Painted Porcelain Large Pitcher Jars
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
(2 Pc) Hand Painted Porcelain Large Pitcher Jars
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$251 Bid
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An Albarello
Feb 27, 10:00 AM CET
An Albarello
by Veilinghuis de Jager
Est: €450- €900
€3001 Bid
Mark Hewitt Pottery Dome Lidded Decorated Jar
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Mark Hewitt Pottery Dome Lidded Decorated Jar
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
Vintage Ginger Jar On Rosewood Base With Faux Sticks
Feb 27, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Ginger Jar On Rosewood Base With Faux Sticks
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Italian Hand-painted Apothecary Jar, Bardana
Feb 27, 6:00 PM EST
Italian Hand-painted Apothecary Jar, Bardana
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Nichols & Boynton Burlington Vt Crock
Feb 23, 9:30 AM EST
Nichols & Boynton Burlington Vt Crock
by Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Rare Blue Leaping Deer Pottery Wax Seal Jar
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Rare Blue Leaping Deer Pottery Wax Seal Jar
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
JADEITE KITCHEN WARE GREASE JAR W/RED LETTERING
Feb 24, 11:00 AM CST
JADEITE KITCHEN WARE GREASE JAR W/RED LETTERING
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $35- $65
$151 Bid
Early Virginia Pottery Blue Decorated Lidded Cake Crock
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Early Virginia Pottery Blue Decorated Lidded Cake Crock
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
JADEITE KITCHEN WARE GREASE JAR W/BLACK LETTERING
Feb 24, 11:00 AM CST
JADEITE KITCHEN WARE GREASE JAR W/BLACK LETTERING
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $35- $65
$151 Bid
A polychrome porcelain covered jar painted with scrolling lotus pattern
Mar 02, 12:30 PM ICT
A polychrome porcelain covered jar painted with scrolling lotus pattern
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿5,000- ฿7,000
฿3,0001 Bid
Early Jugtown Ware N.C. Art Pottery Cookie Jar
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Early Jugtown Ware N.C. Art Pottery Cookie Jar
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
P.A. HUFFMAN salt-glazed stoneware large canning jar - Waco, Kentucky
Mar 17, 6:00 PM EDT
P.A. HUFFMAN salt-glazed stoneware large canning jar - Waco, Kentucky
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
PENNSYLVANIA DECORATED SALT GLAZE CROCK
Feb 24, 11:00 AM EST
PENNSYLVANIA DECORATED SALT GLAZE CROCK
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Bruninger red ware Jar Pottery 1991, #4
Feb 27, 9:00 AM EST
Bruninger red ware Jar Pottery 1991, #4
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
A Flemish earthenware Torhout covered tabacco jar
Feb 28, 10:00 AM CET
A Flemish earthenware Torhout covered tabacco jar
by Ostantix Auctions
Est: €400- €500
€3400 Bids
A Flemish Bruges earthenware figural covered tabacco jar
Feb 28, 10:00 AM CET
A Flemish Bruges earthenware figural covered tabacco jar
by Ostantix Auctions
Est: €120- €150
€800 Bids
A CERAMIC TWIN HANDLED JAR OR VASE, 19TH OR EARLY 20TH CENTURY
Mar 05, 10:30 AM GMT
A CERAMIC TWIN HANDLED JAR OR VASE, 19TH OR EARLY 20TH CENTURY
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £200- £300
£1500 Bids
(2) BERNARD BLOCK BRONZE MOUNTED BLACKAMOOR JARS
Feb 25, 12:00 PM EST
(2) BERNARD BLOCK BRONZE MOUNTED BLACKAMOOR JARS
by John McInnis Auctioneers
Est: $100- $300
$500 Bids
2 GALLON EAGLE CROCK
Mar 04, 6:00 PM EST
2 GALLON EAGLE CROCK
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Lot of Lidded Urn and Olive Jar
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Lot of Lidded Urn and Olive Jar
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Jars


Mebane Antique Auction

Mebane Antique Auction

Wilkinson's Auctioneers

Wilkinson's Auctioneers

RCB Auctions

RCB Auctions

Veilinghuis de Jager

Veilinghuis de Jager