There is nothing nicer, more cheerful and uplifting than freshly cut flowers as you enter your home and what better way to display them than in an exquisitely attractive antique vase. Antique and vintage vases do not even need to be used to display bouquets of flowers; they are a beautiful decorative piece in their own right, displayed on a mantelpiece or a simple shelf even without the addition of flowers.
Antique vases are made from a variety of materials including glass, porcelain, ceramic and metal. In some cases it is possible to find wooden vases that have been treated so they don’t rot. There are a large number of styles of antique and vintage vases; there are some particularly nice painted vases, as well as Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and Art Nouveau antique vases.
Throughout history art has depicted the evolution of human civilisation, the vase in all its forms is reflective of this. Made for the purpose to house flowers in the home, the earliest vases in Ancient Greece documented mythological stories through paintings on the outside of vases. The designs and influences of vases have evolved over the years, an art form in their own right, from traditional shaped vases to more modern vintage vases.
It is possible to purchase antique vases in a variety of styles, influences include Oriental antique vases, Native American pottery vases, intricate painted Italian vases from the 17th and 18th C, and these are particularly striking vases. Some antique vases may have handles; there are a variety of shapes of vases from bulbous vases to more streamlined antique glass vases. Some popular types of antique vases are detailed below.
Cloisonné is an age-old technique that is used to paint metal objects, whether using enamel or occasionally gemstones and glass. In post 14th C China this technique was used on vases and the technique is still currently used today. There are a lot of nice antique and vintage cloisonné vases to choose from.
An antique glass vase is nice to display, as well as for practical use, antique Italian glass vases by Murano and Empoli are both colourful and decorative. Scandinavian antique glass vases tend to be simpler although still with pops of colour. In the 18th C glass making was popular in Sweden, a large number of glass vases from around this time would have been produced there. British antique vases can also be very valuable. In the 16th C and 17th C Venetian glassmakers entered England, during this time Britain began to increase its production of glass vases. Older antique glass vases will display signs of wear from use over the years. Earlier antique glass vases may have dirt in the glass or bubbles on the surface; this is reflective of earlier glass making techniques.
Bright, bold and colourful Art Deco antique vases make for a charming piece, made from mainly pottery or glass. Painted pottery Art Deco vases may have elements of Egyptian themes in their paintings. Art Deco glass vases tend to be paler, with the pale green Art Deco vase being a very popular choice; a simple bunch of flowers in this vase looks particularly pretty. Art Deco vases are often geometric with zigzag lines. They can be characterised by a narrow base leading into a wider rim often with straight lines and a curved lip.
Other antique and vintage vases of note are the Sheurich vase; a vintage vase made in West Germany from pottery, these vases are often made using bright colours. Art Nouveau antique vases uses curves in their design, often decorated with stylish leaves, flowers and vines. Art Nouveau vases with applied floral or foliage decorations make for particularly attractive pieces, their designs are intricate, made from mental or glass predominately but also pottery. Antique Urns is a type of vase that has a lid so things can be stored inside, such as ashes, usually on a raised platform with side handles.
Whatever style of antique or vintage vase you choose they will look lovely sat in a space within your home.
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This is a 19th Century Meissen style pedestal comport. The openwork bowl applied with trailing flowering vinery and supported on a column applied with three winged putti and conforming rose ...
This is a large Staffordshire porcelaneous twin handled vase. The 57cm high vase raised on pedestal shaft to a bulbous body and a trumpet shaped rim enclosed by two twin ...
These are a pair of Locke & Co. blush ivory spill vases in the form of three lily flowers. Very pretty pair of vases. Perfect condition.
Fine pair of French antique onyx and gilt metal mounted urns made of beautiful green onyx and gilded mounts, standing on a plinth base. Perfect condition, would make a lovely ...
Antique Staffordshire Pottery Spill Vase modelled as a Scottish couple, wonderful colours and perfect condition.
Large Antique Doulton Lambeth Slaters Patent Vase having stylised floral decoration with trumpet neck, impressed marks to base.
Antique Copper Twin Handled Urn with original brass tap ideal for coal or logs, lovely antique condition.
Pair Of Old Moorish Earthenware Pots
Rustic, simple and primitive, rugged yet beautiful artisan water pots or vessels with carrying handles and decorated with a metal trim typical of Berber tribes.
Pair of Antique Silver Plated Vases, lovely shaped tops, very ornate. Standing on a round base.
These are a pair of 19th Century Antique French ornate gilded urns. Very unusual decorative objects. Perfect condition
These are a fine quality pair of 19th Century French antique marble urns. They are unusually coloured marble, quality gilt metal mounts.
Here we have a Quality antique miniature Japanese cloisonne vase in perfect condition offered for sale.
This is a quality 19th Century antique porcelain hand painted and gilded decoration vase and cover.
Large Antique Royal Doulton Vase, lovely shaped vase with a blue coloured neck and an ornately decorated base. Perfect condition.
7.5' x 7.5' x 16' High.
Antique Chinese Canton Vase with lovely enameled decoration, gilded dogs of fo with lovely shaped top. Perfect condition.
4' x 4' x 10' High
These are a pair of 19th Century antique Japanese hand painted Imari vases with bulbous bases and trumpet form necks, having shaped twin handles and painted panels with peony floral ...
These are a pair of Japanese Imari antique gourd vases which have hand painted decoration. One has been repaired but other good condition.
This is a superb early Moorcroft Claremont pattern shaped vase. Art Nouveau style with twelve toadstools to the surround. Made for Liberty's of London. Signed William Moorcroft to the base. ...
This is a Moorcroft Moonlit Blue pattern flared neck vase. Signed William Moorcroft to the base. Trees in moonlit landscape to the surround. Excellent condition.
Here we have a quality antique miniature Japanese cloisonne vase in perfect condition offered for sale.
A stunning Lalique "Fantasia" vase with its original label still attached. Unveil the illusory world of crystal with the exquisite Lalique Fantasia vase. Beautifully handcrafted by French specialists, this Lalique ...
Offered for sale is this handsome large 19th Century antique vase decorated with horses by Eliza Simmance. Good condition with nice borders.
Offered for sale is this large antique vase decorated with stylised grapes and grape leaves by Eliza Simmance.
Striking Monart glass vase in tangerine and lime-green with aventurine c1935. The vase is of simple waisted form with stippled tangerine lower body into lime-green with aventurine flecks to its ...
Good clean pair of vases decorated with peony flowers by Eliza c1900.
Art deco designed vase by Vera Huggins all round decoration.
These are a beautiful pair of sterling silver Louis Comfort Tiffany New York bud vases. 20th Century. Embossed decoration of leaves and flowers. Very good condition.
Hand painted pair vases by Walter Powell of Storks in a desert landscape. Beautiful condition.
Hand painted vase by Harry Stinton of highland cattle in a mountain
landscape. Shape G995.
Doulton vase decorated with cattle in a landscape by Hannah Barlow. Good art nouveau borders.
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