Also Called :

Cider Flagons, Wine Pitchers

Rarity :


Age :

Early to Mid 19th Century

Price Range :

$1,750.-$3,000. Depending on size.

Dimensions :

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6 3/4″ diameter x 10 1/4 high;  Top diameter:  5 3/8″

6 5/8″ diameter x 8 1/2″ high;  Top diameter:   6 1/8″

6 3/8″ diameter x 7 3/4″ high;  Top diameter:  6 1/4″

5 3/8″ diameter x 6 5/8″ high;  Top diameter:  5 1/2″

5 1/2″ diameter x 5 3/4″ high;  Top diameter:  5 1/2″

4 1/8″ diameter s 4 5/8″ high;  Top diameter:  4 1/4″

Weight :

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Total Weight: 4 lbs. 5 oz. Top: 10 oz. Bottom: 3 lbs. 11 oz.——-4 lbs. 2 oz. Top: 14 oz. Bottom: 3 lbs. 4 oz.—–3 lbs. 3 oz. Top: 12 oz. Bottom: 2 lbs. 7 oz.—–2 lbs. 3 oz. Top: 10 oz. Bottom: 1 lb. 9 oz.——2 lbs. 2 oz. Top: 11 oz. Bottom: 1 lb. 7 oz.——14 oz. Top: 5 oz. Bottom: 9 oz.

Provenance :

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Gustave J. S. White Auction, Newport, RI-1989

Katherine Sperry, Cape Cod, MA-1965

Sotheby’s, NYC-1965

Sloan’s Auction, N. Bethesda, MD-1990

Celeste Koster, NY-1968

Availability :


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. But, the Foo Dogs (see last picture) are considerably larger (this one 1 1/2″ tall) and very well crafted even on the smallest jug. Note: the Foo Dogs always face the mountains but on the tall jugs they face the sampans. These 6 jugs range from 5 3/4″ tall to 10 1/4″ tall.

All bottoms are glazed. The spouts have an upward thrust and there is a strainer in each. The largest shown here holds 3 quarts and the smallest about 1/3 of a quart. Herbert Schiffer said jugs were probably used for punch or mulled cider and he had seen the squat and tall jugs in sizes from 3 1/2″ to 12″ plus. These are a very much in demand Canton form.

Note: the largest jug here is not really squat but it is not slender like the tall jugs. Also, it is the only one with a rain cloud border on the jug itself as well as on the top.

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