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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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Ball Ideal A 13 Bicentennial Celebration Canister Jar
Feb 27, 6:00 PM EST
Ball Ideal A 13 Bicentennial Celebration Canister Jar
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$77 Bids
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
$187 Bids
4 PIECE CANISTER SET
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
4 PIECE CANISTER SET
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$55 Bids
MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check Canisters
Feb 29, 6:00 PM EST
MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check Canisters
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$275 Bids
Vintage Crock, 8 X 8
Feb 27, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Crock, 8 X 8
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$115 Bids
(2) BROWNSTONE SMALL CROCKS
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
(2) BROWNSTONE SMALL CROCKS
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$54 Bids
P.A. HUFFMAN salt-glazed stoneware jar - Waco, Kentucky
Mar 17, 6:00 PM EDT
P.A. HUFFMAN salt-glazed stoneware jar - Waco, Kentucky
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$404 Bids
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EARLY 1900S CERAMIC KITCHEN CANISTER SET OF 6 - DITMAR URBACH CZECHOSLOVAKIA
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
EARLY 1900S CERAMIC KITCHEN CANISTER SET OF 6 - DITMAR URBACH CZECHOSLOVAKIA
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD253 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
$603 Bids
PAINTED TREENWARE JAR.
Mar 08, 11:00 AM EST
PAINTED TREENWARE JAR.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $250- $500
$1502 Bids
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
฿4,0002 Bids
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
$752 Bids
RANSBURG COOKIE JAR
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
RANSBURG COOKIE JAR
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$32 Bids
Italian Hand-painted Apothecary Jar, Bardana
Feb 27, 6:00 PM EST
Italian Hand-painted Apothecary Jar, Bardana
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$32 Bids
Anthropologie House of Hackney Sugar Pot & Ceramic Decorative Jar with Wood Lid
Feb 29, 6:00 PM EST
Anthropologie House of Hackney Sugar Pot & Ceramic Decorative Jar with Wood Lid
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
A Betty Boop 75th Anniversary Limited Edition 2292/2400 Cookie Jar, King Features Syndicate 2005
Feb 28, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Betty Boop 75th Anniversary Limited Edition 2292/2400 Cookie Jar, King Features Syndicate 2005
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD301 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
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
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LOT OF MISC. BLUE AND WHITE INC. LIDDED JAR, CUP AND SAUCER ETC.
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
LOT OF MISC. BLUE AND WHITE INC. LIDDED JAR, CUP AND SAUCER ETC.
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
(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
SMALL CROCK POT
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
SMALL CROCK POT
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
CANISTER/JARS & ICED TEA JUG
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
CANISTER/JARS & ICED TEA JUG
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Fornasetti Profumi Scented Candle Porcelain Jar 3p
Mar 13, 12:00 PM EDT
Fornasetti Profumi Scented Candle Porcelain Jar 3p
by MiddleManBrokers
Est: $1- $1,000
$11 Bid
Nancy Heras De Martinez Mata Ortiz Pottery Jar
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
Nancy Heras De Martinez Mata Ortiz Pottery Jar
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $100- $150
$101 Bid

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