Loading Spinner

Chinese Vases

Chinese vases today are most reputably made out of porcelain or other types of ceramic. They are made for a variety of reasons: to hold spices and food, to hold fish, and for decoration, among others. The process of creating Chinese porcelain vases is considered awe-inspiring, but impressive vases in the past were also made from bronze and jade.

Bronze vases were often created in historical China, as early as 1650 B.C., for rituals and burials. Many Chinese bronze vases as well as other bronze vessels were found in the burial sights of the royal and noble. While the process behind these rituals is not well-documented, bronze vases were likely used to hold water or foods that were meant to be sacrificed during a ceremony, and not for consumption.

Similarly, jade vases were not likely used to hold anything for consumption, and were not historically used for the purpose of holding flowers. Instead, these sorts of objects were beautifully carved and rendered for those who had passed away, with hopes of bringing good luck.


Quick Facts

  • Many ancient Chinese bronze vases contained a “mask” motif. This motif stemmed from early Neolithic bronze and jade art, and was repeated in subsequent bronze and jade vase forms as a guardian or god that links the living to their ancestors
  • A common decorative detail of jade vases were handles with rings looped around. These rings were often carved out to show the skill of the artisan, since the rings, handles, and vase body needed to be carved from one single jade block
  • Early Chinese bronze vases often featured feet, likely made to be put over a flame to heat contents during a ritual. The handles on these vases were also made so that the vessel could be easily lifted from the heat source

Recommended Items at Auction

See all items

Vintage Pair of Enameled Chinese Vases
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Pair of Enameled Chinese Vases
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$20015 Bids
bp parity badge
RARE! VINTAGE MARY & EDWIN SCHEIER GLAZED EARTHENWARE VASE
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
RARE! VINTAGE MARY & EDWIN SCHEIER GLAZED EARTHENWARE VASE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1309 Bids
Antique Majolica Chinese Dragon Pottery Vase
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Antique Majolica Chinese Dragon Pottery Vase
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$2259 Bids
bp parity badge
VINTAGE CHINESE CARVED MONGOLIAN RED AGATE BIRD OF PARADISE LIDDED URN
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
VINTAGE CHINESE CARVED MONGOLIAN RED AGATE BIRD OF PARADISE LIDDED URN
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1207 Bids
Three piece lot Vintage Chinese cloisonné bowl, Over glazed vase and wall vase
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEST
Three piece lot Vintage Chinese cloisonné bowl, Over glazed vase and wall vase
by Pfeffer's Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD1007 Bids
Pair Of Austrian Silver 800 Vases, Antal Bachruch
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
Pair Of Austrian Silver 800 Vases, Antal Bachruch
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $50- $15,000
$1805 Bids
Chinese Double-Handled Baluster Vase
Oct 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Chinese Double-Handled Baluster Vase
by Nye & Company
Est: $400- $600
$5505 Bids
Pair Of Chinese Cinnabar Vases
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
Pair Of Chinese Cinnabar Vases
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $50- $15,000
$903 Bids
Antique Chinese Blue and White Urn Vase
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Chinese Blue and White Urn Vase
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $200- $300
$603 Bids
5 piece lot various vintage Chinese cloisonné lidded containers and vases
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEST
5 piece lot various vintage Chinese cloisonné lidded containers and vases
by Pfeffer's Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD703 Bids
CHINESE 19TH c QING CARVED CINNABAR VASE
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
CHINESE 19TH c QING CARVED CINNABAR VASE
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$903 Bids
bp parity badge
Large Chinese Export Cloisonne Cabinet Vase
Oct 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Large Chinese Export Cloisonne Cabinet Vase
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $100- $120
$203 Bids
bp parity badge
Collectible Chinese Export Cloisonne Cabinet Vase
Oct 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Collectible Chinese Export Cloisonne Cabinet Vase
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $100- $120
$203 Bids
Pair Chinese Cloisonné and Brass vases decorated with floral and storks on timber bases
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEST
Pair Chinese Cloisonné and Brass vases decorated with floral and storks on timber bases
by Pfeffer's Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD703 Bids
bp parity badge
PAIR OF FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN 'FIGURAL' VASES
Oct 31, 6:00 AM PDT
PAIR OF FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN 'FIGURAL' VASES
by East West Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$5002 Bids
Asian Cloisonne Vase, Xiang Er Zun
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Asian Cloisonne Vase, Xiang Er Zun
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$302 Bids
CHINESE FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN LIDDED URN
Oct 26, 11:00 AM EDT
CHINESE FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN LIDDED URN
by Westport Auction
Est: $50- $10,000
$502 Bids
Pair of Antique Large Chinese Bronze Deer Form Vase
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Pair of Antique Large Chinese Bronze Deer Form Vase
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $200- $2,000
$1202 Bids
Chinese Goldstone Cloisonne Dragon Vase
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Chinese Goldstone Cloisonne Dragon Vase
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$112 Bids
PAIR OF JADE LIDDED VASE & FUBAT HANDLES
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
PAIR OF JADE LIDDED VASE & FUBAT HANDLES
by Eden Fine Antiques Galleries LLC
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$1,1002 Bids
bp parity badge
LARGE FAMILLE VERTE PORCELAIN PHOENIX TAIL VASE
Oct 31, 6:00 AM PDT
LARGE FAMILLE VERTE PORCELAIN PHOENIX TAIL VASE
by East West Auctions
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,5002 Bids
bp parity badge
CLOISONNE ENAMEL 'PEACH' VASE WITH MARK
Oct 31, 6:00 AM PDT
CLOISONNE ENAMEL 'PEACH' VASE WITH MARK
by East West Auctions
Est: $600- $900
$3252 Bids
Collection of Chinese and Oriental items incl, vase 30cm H
Oct 25, 7:00 PM AEDT
Collection of Chinese and Oriental items incl, vase 30cm H
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD252 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Vases


Empire Auction House

Empire Auction House

Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Yakon Auctions

Yakon Auctions