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Issue: CC108
23rd November 2022


All tastes catered for

– Pablo Picasso, 1955. Earthenware pitcher.

JUGS for serving ale or cider at special occasions. Globe shaped, often in red earthenware with white-slip sgraffito decoration of nature motifs and rhymes. Commonly made in Devon.

– Robert Burnal of Cutcombe, England, circa 1781. THE MET
– England, early 19th C. THE MET
– (Painting) Falstaff at the table with a wine jug and pewter cup, Eduard von Grützner, 1910.
– (Statue) Jug carrier, István Halmágyi, Hungary, 1940.

JUGS for serving claret. Wine was decanted from cellar casks, allowing wine to “wake up” and breathe. Traditionally bottle shaped with silver mounts replacing glass stoppers from the 1800s.

– Royal Worcester, England, 1917 SHOP AT TWOJAYS ANTIQUES
– Falstaff (A E Williams and Sons Ltd), England, 20th C
– James Dixon & Sons, England circa 1870-79 THE MET
– British/Irish, circa 1820 THE MET

JUGS for serving milk. Lids were discarded once the trend changed from using hot milk to cold milk. There’s many variations in shape including helmet, boat and miniature.

– (Painting) La Laitiere, Jean-Baptiste Huet. 1626
– Austria, 1787 THE MET
– Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, France circa 1786-1822 SMITHSONIAN
– William Greatbach, Staffordshire, c 1765 LACMA

JUGS for holding the milk of a nursing mother, perhaps used in everyday or life or possibly to be placed in a tomb.

– New Kingdom, Egypt circa 1550-1295 B.C. THE MET

JUGS likely for ritual use. Decorative or unusual shapings, often with inpractical openings.

– Etruscan, Italo-geometric, circa 725-700 B.C. THE MET
– Cypro-Archaic I, 750-600 B.C. THE MET

JUGS for filtering. Either by straining through small holes (terracotta examples) or with a round belly and spout to prevent the wine dregs from pouring out.

– Roman, 1st Century A.D. THE MET
– Cypro-Archaic I, 750-600 B.C. THE MET
– Iron Age II, Iran, circa 1050-800 B.C. THE MET
– (Statue) Water carrier girl, Dezső Erdey, Hungary 1956

JUGS of a highly decorative nature were an ideal conversation starter at the dinner table or as ornaments on the parlour mantle -piece. The jugs shown here depict scenes from classical mythology.

– French, Nevers, circa 1680 THE MET (L) & THE MET (R)

Left: Europa, a princess of Phoenicia, is carried off to Crete by Zeus, disguised as a very tame and beautiful bull.

Right: Mercury, commanded by the goddess Hera, prepares to behead Argus, the hundred- eyed guardian of Io, a maiden beloved of Zeus, Hera’s husband.

JUGS for serving hot chocolate. The handle is at 90° from the spout with a small cap in the lid for inserting the molinet – a wooden whisking stick to froth the chocolate and prevent settling.

– Isaac Dighton, England, 1697-8 THE MET
– Samuel Thorne, England, circa 1700 BROOKLYN MUSEUM
– Meissen Porcelain Manufactury, Germany, circa 1740 SMITHSONIAN
– Molinillo, Mexico, late 19th C. THE MET

JUGS for keeping water chilled. Shown are an ice jug with a narrow spout to prevent ice from pouring out and rectangular fridge jugs with refrigerator brand names.

– Crown Lynn Potteries, New Zealand, 1950s-60s
– Crown Lynn Potteries, New Zealand, 1950s
– Royal Worcester, England, 1904 TWOJAYS ANTIQUES