The normandyjug is a type of jug originating from the Normandy region of France. These jugs are made from barrel oak and are decorated with polished brass rings and handles. They would have been used in a wine cellar or wet bar and are a great decorative piece to add to your collection.
Normandy is known for its apple orchards and the quality ciders and cider vinegars that are produced from them. Using the renowned “Orleans Method,” the apples are fermented in oak caskets to create this exceptional apple cider vinegar. The wild yeasts native to the region and a 12 month aging period are also key to this process, resulting in a vinegar that is complex and intensely flavored.
One of the most beautiful examples of this style is this jug found in a midden at Kidwelly Castle, Carmarthenshire. It has a vine scroll motif typical of Saintonge jugs and was probably produced between 1275 and 1320.
A Normandy jug, dated circa 1860 This antique French (Normandy) jug was crafted from barrel oak and decorated with polished brass rings and handles. It is in excellent condition and would make a wonderful addition to your collection.
The jug is about 25cm (9.8 inches) tall and a small conical foot is present. It has two applied neck rings and is about 9 cm (3.6 inches) in diameter at its widest point.
This jug is an interesting example of the skill and creativity that was being practiced in the early 19th century. It is an example of the baluster form which was popular at this time and shows age related wear to the rim consistent with 170 years of use.