Pitchers


CIDER JUGS-SQUAT

Description:  We have divided the Cider Jugs/Flagons into three categories: the tall ones have two categories, 1) the no spout cover jugs 2) the spout coverd jugs and 3) the squat jugs that are discussed here. 6 shorter squat ones are shown on this page. Although not as majestic as their taller brothers they also have very nice detail. Their color is a lighter blue. They do not have the elaborate twisted handles and their attachments.

CIDER JUGS-TALL (No Spout Cover)

Description:  We have divided the Cider Jugs or Flagons into three categories: the tall ones have two categories,1) the no spout cover ones that are discussed here, 2) the tall ones with spout covers and 3) the shorter squat jugs. These are all magnificient forms with exquisite detail and dark blue color. Note the elaborate twisted handles and their attachments, the very carefully done borders and the well done Foo Dogs. Note: the Foo Dogs always face the sampans on the tall jugs---on the squat jugs they face the mountains.

CIDER JUGS-TALL (Spout Cover)

Description:  We have divided the Cider Jugs or Flagons into three categories: two tall categories (the rarer spout cover variation is discussed here) and the shorter squat ones. These are magnificient forms with exquisite detail and dark blue color. Note the elaborate twisted handle and its attachments and the very carefully done borders. Look at the closeup picture of the borders on this jug, its elaborateness indicates it might be the earliest of all the cider jugs.  See the well done Foo Dogs.

EWERS

Description: Ewers are a stately and magnificient Canton form. We believe the larger ewers were used for wine or water and the smallest ones for oil & vinegar. All are rare and the smallest might be considered very rare. Here are the similiarities between the 8 ewers pictured here: all have the rain cloud border at the neck's top, below that are leaves pointing upwards, all have a small raised rib around the middle of the base and all have glazed bottoms.

PITCHERS (Octagonal, Paneled)

Description: For use as either cream, milk or water pitchers these octagonal paneled pitchers are very nicely decorated. Note the 7 molded arrows with scrolls on the largest pitcher and plainer arrows on the smaller ones. Also, the 8 rim scallops on each one, the molded ribbing below the spouts and the unusual shaped handles that do not appear on any other Canton forms. The large pitcher is outstanding in its decoration and color and would thus command a premium price not only because of its very rare status. All the bottoms are octagonal and glazed.

 

PITCHERS-CREAM (Helmet)

Description:  The shape of the Helmet cream pitchers are derived from early silver forms. The helmet creamer has a small pouring lip, a bamboo like handle and a pedestal base. At the top of the side decoration is the usual Canton scene of tea house and bridge. Below that are molded ribs painted blue that might represent leaves. Next are 4 swastika like symbols around the base and finally the rain cloud border. The bottoms are glazed.

PITCHERS-CREAM (Squat, Narrow Lip, Loop Handle)

Description:  These are the well known hog's nose or hog's snout cream pitchers.  We call them "narrow lip" cream pitchers. They are squat in shape with protruding or bulbous sides. They all have loop handles and all but one has leaves on the handles (the exception is the tiniest example with just blue coloring). Most of the handles are higher than the lips--our height measurements are the highest of lips or handles. All have one continuous Canton scene around the pitchers.

PITCHERS-CREAM (Tall Upright, Wide Lip, Loop Handle, Bulbous)

Description:  These cream pitchers are tall not squat, have wide upward lips not narrow downward lips, and are bulbous in shape. They all have loop handles and all but one has leaves on the handles (the exception has bamboo ribbing). Many of the lips are higher than the handles--our height measurements are the highest of lips or handles. All have one continuous Canton scene around the pitchers. 7 of the 9 pitchers have rain cloud borders near the rims, the other two have no rain cloud borders. All bottoms are glazed.

PITCHERS-CREAM-FLAGS (Pear Shape, Loop Handle, Late)

Description: Canton Cream Pitchers and their accompanying teapots and sugars make up a confusing world in defining the many, many variations to be found. Designations that have come into common useage will be physical descriptions of the creamers such as "Drum Shape", "Pear Shape", "Ball Shape", "Barrel Shape" and "Conical Shape". In buying any cream pitcher make sure the top fits well.

PITCHERS-CREAM-FLAGS (Squat, Fancy Loop Handle, Late)

Description: Canton Cream Pitchers and their accompanying teapots and sugars make up a confusing world in defining the many, many variations to be found. Designations that have come into common useage will be physical descriptions of the creamers such as "Drum Shape", "Pear Shape", "Ball Shape", "Barrel Shape" and "Conical Shape". In buying any cream pitcher make sure the top fits well.