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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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Rare Brown Pottery Arden N.C. Double Face Jug
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Rare Brown Pottery Arden N.C. Double Face Jug
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1606 Bids
Dwayne Crocker Gillsville Ga Folk Pottery Snake Jug
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Dwayne Crocker Gillsville Ga Folk Pottery Snake Jug
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Phil. G Kelly Straight Whiskies Richmond VA. Half Gallon Jug
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Phil. G Kelly Straight Whiskies Richmond VA. Half Gallon Jug
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2 Ceramic Pitchers
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2 Ceramic Pitchers
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Est: $0- $0
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A George Hobson Burslem Jug printed in black and clobbered in blue, green and brown enamel with 'THE
Dec 04, 11:00 AM GMT
A George Hobson Burslem Jug printed in black and clobbered in blue, green and brown enamel with 'THE
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Dec 02, 5:00 PM EST
Pair of Muncie Water Pitchers Art Pottery
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Arne Bang Art Nouveau Early 20thc. Pottery Pitcher
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MELITAS Hand Painted Porcelain Pitcher
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
MELITAS Hand Painted Porcelain Pitcher
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Lancaster Sandland Character Jug, Mr Micawber 1144
Dec 06, 9:00 AM EST
Lancaster Sandland Character Jug, Mr Micawber 1144
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Rider and Horses Pattern Crackle Glaze Porcelain Pitcher
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Rider and Horses Pattern Crackle Glaze Porcelain Pitcher
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Blue Box Your Merchandise Pitcher Nicodemus Pottery
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Clifton Art Pottery Water Pitcher Geometric Pattern Native American Style
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Clifton Art Pottery Water Pitcher Geometric Pattern Native American Style
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ART NOUVEAU ARTIST SIGNED PICKARD PITCHER
by White's Auctions
Est: $200- $300
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Wine jug with pewter mount, probably 18th century Franconia.
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Wine jug with pewter mount, probably 18th century Franconia.
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Est: €0- €0
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Rare J.M. Hays 2 Gallon Stamp Pottery Jug
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$501 Bid
J.M. Hays North Carolina Pottery Jug
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J.M. Hays North Carolina Pottery Jug
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
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Martin Brothers Grotesque Double Faced Pitcher
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Martin Brothers Grotesque Double Faced Pitcher
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $5,000- $8,000
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Amphora Turn Teplitz RSTK Ewer Pitcher #202
Dec 18, 11:45 AM EST
Amphora Turn Teplitz RSTK Ewer Pitcher #202
by Broward Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $80- $110
$600 Bids
Amphora Turn Teplitz RSTK Ewer Pitcher #153
Dec 18, 11:45 AM EST
Amphora Turn Teplitz RSTK Ewer Pitcher #153
by Broward Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $110- $150
$800 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Jugs & Pitchers


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

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Lion and Unicorn

Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC

Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC

Leski Auctions Pty Ltd

Leski Auctions Pty Ltd