Oil Jars, Vases & Urns

Terracotta jars were historically used for the storing and transporting of liquids such as oil & wine and so were glazed on the inside.  Decorations were often limited to raised bands that served a practical function as the bands made it possible to lift and move the object by guaranteeing a better grip.

The orcio is one of the key articles in the production of terracotta pots and is thought to have first appeared in the historical residences of the noble families of cities such as Florence and Siena around 1600.  It is a kind of amphora, but with a fuller-bodied shape and more ornate decorations with two handles on the upper part.  It’s substantial, rotund shape is usually characterised by two or more bands embracing its generous belly which can be covered in decorations, festoons or plaques indicating the craftsman who produced the piece.

We can now say that the classical Tuscan orcio is a unique object that epitomises all the tradition and history of Tuscan terracotta.  As decorative objects of art,  terracotta jars, vases & urns lend grace and are often used as the centre of gravity in any room or garden.

We are delighted to have a fabulous selection of these Italian jars in various shapes and sizes as well as our unique antique collection which can be viewed here.

Antique Oil Jar Collection

Antique Oil Jar Collection

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Vaso Coppa

Vaso Coppa

A striking planter which would look magnificent placed either side of an entranceway and are often seen adorning stone pillars as a finial display. Will suit many planting schemes and looks amazing with trailing plants added. The top and sturdy base come as separate pieces but both are included in the price and comes in either a plain design or with a foglie (leaf) design.

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Vaso Mediceo

Vaso Mediceo

This highly decorated, goblet shaped planter is sure to make a big statement and will compliment either interior or exterior areas around the home and gardens. A stunning, ornate piece of Italian terracotta.

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The two large pots I bought form Mud Mountain are magnificent and good value. The service, delivery and advice were all excellent. A real find.

Mr S Tiffin, Stoke Abbott, Dorset

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