Pitchers, jugs and ewers were produced in prolific numbers and in a multitude of designs. They are among the most common majolica forms available to collectors. Most were intended as functional tablewares to pour water, milk or wine. Successful designs were often produced in graduated sizes in order to suit the occasion.
Of particular importance are the large scale figural and Renaissance style ewers produced by Minton. These monumental pieces were modeled by Hughes Protât, Pierre-Emile Jeannest or other noted artists of the period. Works of this magnitude were featured in international exhibitions and likely served only a decorative purpose in the Victorian home.
The practice of fitting pitchers with pewter lids was common among the American manufacturers, particularly Griffen, Smith and Hill. These were used primarily for maple syrup which had become popular in the American heartland. Occasionally, English majolica pitchers are also seen with pewter fittings.
Sarreguemines and other French manufacturers had a particular way with figural pitchers. Pitchers with humorous imagery of animals displayed with human dress and mannerisms are particularly popular among collectors. Face pitchers were often produced as a commentary on political figures and current events.
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