Beautiful Baluster Jugs

Brill/Boarstall ware, Buckinghamshire
Early – mid 13th century AD

Ashmolean Museum

Slip Trail Wood Fired Baluster Jugs

Hannah McAndrew. 2012

Image by Colin J.Tennant.

Baluster Jug

1270 – 1340 AD

British Museum

Doug Fitch Slipware Baluster Jug

Image by Jonathan Thompson

Walter Keeler Baluster Jug


Baluster Jug

1300 – 1400 AD

Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Westerwald Rhenish Jug

17th C

Antique Associates

Taz Pollard Baluster Jug

Fig.13: The baluster jug (1937, Fig24H,102)

Only one vessel has a capacity below 2L, the most popular size falling between 2-3L.  Where the volume of two or more vessels are known within the same well groups — Wells 2 and 11 show vessels with a varied capacity, but Well 4 shows little variation in its three vessels and all derive from the same local Brill/Boarstall  tradition and share the same mottle green glaze.  Well 4, dated to late 13th/early 14th century,  is sited behind what was originally Well Hall  which transferred into the ownership of Osney Abbey c.1220 AD.  It is possible that the communal dining table created a need for a more uniform jug size, although stronger evidence than this is needed to support such conjecture.

Ashmolean Musuem

Clive Bowen Baluster Jugs

Nic Collins

56cm tall

Goldmark Gallery

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