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Jugs & Pitchers

From utilitarian to unique, ceramic jugs chart a course through history of innovation in pottery and advances in artistry. They are both functional and beautiful items for collectors.

Since the dawn of humankind, there has been a need for vessels to contain liquids, and since the earliest cultures, there have been ceramic jugs and pitchers. Beginning as rudimentary earthenware pieces, which were relatively durable yet porous and prone to damage, ceramic jugs and pitchers soon evolved to include stoneware. Stoneware is so named for its typically matte gray appearance before firing and its increased durability.

The appearance of porcelain further revolutionized the field of ceramic wares. Though Chinese artisans excelled in hard-paste porcelain production as early as the 2nd century A.D., European artists did not discover the durable material until the 18th century. With this discovery, decorative ceramics grew exponentially, with different manufacturers creating iconic designs that are still treasured today.


Quick Facts

  • The famed Jasperware of Josiah Wedgwood’s manufacture was a form of white stoneware
  • To make purely white porcelain, Josiah Spode added bone ash, also known as calcium phosphate, to his clay. Bone china, as it is known today, became incredibly popular for both its whiteness and strength
  • While the ceramic jug itself traditionally takes on an earthen hue, it is brought to life through a series of colorful glazes, which also add shine to the piece

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MKL Folk Art Pottery Face Jug With Bikini
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
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Est: $10- $1,000
$22025 Bids
Carl Block Texas Folk Art Pottery Face Jug
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
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Est: $10- $1,000
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Karen Labarga Pottery Devil Face Jug Drink Me
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Karen Labarga Pottery Devil Face Jug Drink Me
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Est: $10- $1,000
$15011 Bids
McKay Pottery Seagrove N.C. Pottery Face Jug
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
McKay Pottery Seagrove N.C. Pottery Face Jug
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$15010 Bids
A.V. Smith Art Pottery Face Jug
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
A.V. Smith Art Pottery Face Jug
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Est: $10- $1,000
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Cobalt decorated Cowden & Wilcox stoneware batter jug
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
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Est: $0- $0
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Vintage Shawnee Bo Peep Pitcher
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Shawnee Bo Peep Pitcher
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Est: $10- $1,000
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Picasso Living Face Jug With Handles
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Picasso Living Face Jug With Handles
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Est: $0- $0
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Antique Victoria Austria Scenic Cows Porcelain
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique Victoria Austria Scenic Cows Porcelain
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Est: $10- $1,000
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Early American Pottery Jugs
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Early American Pottery Jugs
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Est: $10- $1,000
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M.L. Owens N.C. Art Pottery Face Jug
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
M.L. Owens N.C. Art Pottery Face Jug
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Est: $10- $1,000
$425 Bids
Antique American Pottery Jug
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Antique American Pottery Jug
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Est: $10- $1,000
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Pablo Picasso 'Hibou' Ceramic Owl Pitcher
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Pablo Picasso 'Hibou' Ceramic Owl Pitcher
by Showplace
Est: $8,000- $12,000
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A box of twelve plastic jugs marked Tiger Ht. 20cm
Oct 30, 10:00 AM AEDT
A box of twelve plastic jugs marked Tiger Ht. 20cm
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Est: AUD30- AUD50
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Vintage Germany And English China Collection
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Germany And English China Collection
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Est: $10- $1,000
$62 Bids
Antique Wade Falstaff England Claret Jugs
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique Wade Falstaff England Claret Jugs
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
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Hand Painted Porcelain Floral Pitcher
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Hand Painted Porcelain Floral Pitcher
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Est: $10- $1,000
$52 Bids
AN IZNIK POTTERY JUG Ottoman Turkey, ca. 1580 - 1600
Oct 29, 1:00 PM BST
AN IZNIK POTTERY JUG Ottoman Turkey, ca. 1580 - 1600
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Est: £4,000- £6,000
£4001 Bid
Antique German Hand Painted Portrait Porcelain Pitcher
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique German Hand Painted Portrait Porcelain Pitcher
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$51 Bid
2 PA ovoid redware jugs
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
2 PA ovoid redware jugs
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Est: $0- $0
$301 Bid
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Lanier Meaders American, 1917-1998 Face Jug
Nov 02, 11:00 AM EDT
Lanier Meaders American, 1917-1998 Face Jug
by Doyle New York
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
EMILE GALLÉ, NANCY, JUG, C. 1879
Nov 16, 4:00 PM CET
EMILE GALLÉ, NANCY, JUG, C. 1879
by Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH
Est: €150- €300
€1501 Bid
Belknap Bluegrass Kerosene Jug
Oct 30, 9:00 AM EDT
Belknap Bluegrass Kerosene Jug
by Dinkys Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
M.A. Hadley Pottery
Oct 30, 9:00 AM EDT
M.A. Hadley Pottery
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid

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