Also Called :

Water Pitchers, Wash Basin Pitchers

Rarity :

Very Rare

Age :

Early to Mid 19th Century

Price Range :

$800.-$3,000. Depending on size.

Dimensions :

Left to Right:

6 7/8″ diameter x 14 1/4″ high (top of handle)

6 1/4″ diameter x 12″ high (top of handle)

5 1/4″ diameter x 10 1/4″ high (top of handle)

4 1/2″ diameter x 8″ high (top of handle)

Weight :

Left to Right:

5 lbs. 6 oz.————3 lbs. 7 oz.———–2 lbs. 9 oz.————1 lb. 8 oz.

Provenance :

Left to Right:


Herbert Schiffer, PA-1966

Leland Little Auction, NC-2012

Jim Galley Estate, Wm. Bunch Auction, PA-2009

Availability :


Description: There are two different styles of these very large water pitchers: upward spouts and downward spout ones. This page is devoted to the downward spout water pitchers. Although they look very much alike here are four differences: downward spouts not upwards, a flower and continuous leaves on handle not separated leaves and no flower (see picture of handles), smooth handles not 7 raised ribs on the handles, wider top openings not narrower openings (see picture of top openings). Both styles have large cane like handles, one continuous Canton scene, glazed bottoms and the rain cloud borders are around the top rims. The examples shown here, left to right, hold approximately: 1 gallon, 3 quarts, 2 quarts and 1 quart.

They were usually paired with wash basins (see picture) in the bedroom. Often the basins fitted into wash stands that had round holes in their tops and the wide lips of the basins held them in place. The wash stands sometimes had railings on the sides that held wash cloths and small towels. These large pitchers or the water bottles with tops would be filled with water and placed in the basin until used.

In Herbert Schiffer’s 1975 book on page 68 a Rose Medallion pitcher with upward spout is pictured and also a downward spout Canton water pitcher. An upward spout Canton one is on page 26 of Jane Wilson’s 1977 booklet.

These are magnificient and rare pitchers and when accompanied by wash basins they become very rare and expensive sets.

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