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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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MARVIN BAILEY EYEBALL JUG
Dec 09, 10:00 AM EST
MARVIN BAILEY EYEBALL JUG
by Ledbetter Auctions
Est: $1,200- $2,000
$5505 Bids
Group of Six Decorated Pottery Pitchers
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
Group of Six Decorated Pottery Pitchers
by Caza Sikes
Est: $100- $200
$2504 Bids
Antique Hand Painted Porcelain Pitcher Baltz
Dec 05, 6:00 PM EST
Antique Hand Painted Porcelain Pitcher Baltz
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
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RARE WILEMAN INTARSIO JOHN BULL JUG, APPROX. 18CM HIGH
Dec 07, 9:00 AM AEST
RARE WILEMAN INTARSIO JOHN BULL JUG, APPROX. 18CM HIGH
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD202 Bids
Vintage Royal Copley Pear Decorated Ceramic Pitcher
Dec 05, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Royal Copley Pear Decorated Ceramic Pitcher
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
TÊTE-À-TÊTE "LINDNER" STREUBLÜMCHEN, 6 TLG., KANNE H. 23CM
Dec 09, 11:00 AM CET
TÊTE-À-TÊTE "LINDNER" STREUBLÜMCHEN, 6 TLG., KANNE H. 23CM
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€51 Bid
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2pc German Porcelain Reamer Juicer and Pitcher
Dec 10, 12:00 PM EST
2pc German Porcelain Reamer Juicer and Pitcher
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
Antique Lustreware Porcelain Cherub Pitcher
Dec 13, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Lustreware Porcelain Cherub Pitcher
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $80
$11 Bid
BURLON CRAIG MINIATURE FACE JUG
Dec 09, 10:00 AM EST
BURLON CRAIG MINIATURE FACE JUG
by Ledbetter Auctions
Est: $400- $800
$801 Bid
BURLON CRAIG MINIATURE FACE JUG
Dec 09, 10:00 AM EST
BURLON CRAIG MINIATURE FACE JUG
by Ledbetter Auctions
Est: $400- $800
$801 Bid
Set of Twelve Miniature Character Jugs,
Dec 06, 10:00 AM AEDT
Set of Twelve Miniature Character Jugs,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD501 Bid
(2) WATER JUGS
Dec 07, 12:00 PM CST
(2) WATER JUGS
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Anasazi Culture Clay Pitcher
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Anasazi Culture Clay Pitcher
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $200
$701 Bid
Anasazi Indian dog head effigy pitcher
Dec 06, 9:00 AM EST
Anasazi Indian dog head effigy pitcher
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid
Antique Hand Painted Floral Pitcher
Dec 05, 6:00 PM EST
Antique Hand Painted Floral Pitcher
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Castelli ceramic Jug
Dec 06, 6:00 PM CET
Castelli ceramic Jug
by Unicart Auctions
Est: €500- €1,500
€2501 Bid
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Kevin Francis Porcelain Toby Jug, Kings of Comedy
Dec 17, 12:00 PM EST
Kevin Francis Porcelain Toby Jug, Kings of Comedy
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
MARVIN BAILEY EYEBALL JUG
Dec 09, 10:00 AM EST
MARVIN BAILEY EYEBALL JUG
by Ledbetter Auctions
Est: $1,200- $2,000
$2501 Bid
Artist Signed Pottery Pitcher
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Artist Signed Pottery Pitcher
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Montana Earth Pottery Redware Pitcher
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Montana Earth Pottery Redware Pitcher
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
GROUP OF ENGLISH SUNDERLAND LUSTRE NAUTICAL SUBJECT PIECES, 20TH CENTURY
Dec 08, 12:00 PM EST
GROUP OF ENGLISH SUNDERLAND LUSTRE NAUTICAL SUBJECT PIECES, 20TH CENTURY
by Potomack Company
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid

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