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Crystal Bowls

For the best in decorative glassware, crystal bowls are a classic selection. Showcasing both brilliant sparkle and detailed designs, crystal glass bowls celebrate the beauty of the medium along with an essential evolution in glassmaking history.

The craft of crystal glass is a relatively recent innovation and was not perfected until the 18th century in England. Prior to that point, transparent glass was common, but its color and clarity were far from ideal. The iron inherent in silica sand, one of the primary elements of glass, gave the final product a green tint. As innovation progressed, glassmakers tinkered with different glass formulas in an effort to counteract these limitations and to create the utmost clarity in their pieces.

The champions in this quest were the English, who learned that the addition of lead oxide to their glassmaking mixture yielded impeccable clarity and miraculous refraction when formed or cut. This leaden addition catapulted formed crystal glass, particularly decorative crystal glass bowls, into the upper echelons of production.


Quick Facts

  • A Waterford crystal bowl filled with shamrocks is gifted to the United States President every year on Saint Patrick's Day
  • Traditional lead crystal can have up to a 33% lead content. An easy way to tell how much lead your piece has is to hold it up to the light: the greater the refraction, the higher the level of lead
  • Concerned about the lead in lead crystal? Fear not: while it's not recommended to leave liquids in lead crystal vessels for extended periods of time, research suggests that straightforward serving from these pieces is not risky

Recommended Items at Auction

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Pair Of Caryatid Bronze Bases & Crystal Bowls
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
Pair Of Caryatid Bronze Bases & Crystal Bowls
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$259 Bids
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LOT OF CRYSTAL BOWLS + VASES
Feb 22, 9:00 AM AEST
LOT OF CRYSTAL BOWLS + VASES
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD102 Bids
An art glass bowl together with crystal ware
Feb 22, 2:00 PM AEDT
An art glass bowl together with crystal ware
by Lawsons
Est: AUD20- AUD40
AUD152 Bids
Two Murano Crystal Bowls
Feb 22, 9:00 AM PST
Two Murano Crystal Bowls
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
A lot of two crystal art deco bowls by Val Saint Lambert
Feb 27, 10:00 AM CET
A lot of two crystal art deco bowls by Val Saint Lambert
by Ostantix Auctions
Est: €150- €250
€1200 Bids
19TH C. GERMAN 800 FIGURAL SILVER WITH LOBMEYR CRYSTAL THREE PIECE CENTERPIECE SET
Feb 23, 1:30 PM PST
19TH C. GERMAN 800 FIGURAL SILVER WITH LOBMEYR CRYSTAL THREE PIECE CENTERPIECE SET
by Auction Plus, Inc.
Est: $30,000- $50,000
$20,0000 Bids
19TH C. AUSTRIAN SILVER PLATED CRYSTAL BOWL CENTERPIECE \ BASKET
Feb 23, 1:30 PM PST
19TH C. AUSTRIAN SILVER PLATED CRYSTAL BOWL CENTERPIECE \ BASKET
by Auction Plus, Inc.
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$9000 Bids
19TH C. ENGLISH SILVER PLATED FIGURAL CENTERPIECE WITH CRYSTAL BOWLS
Feb 23, 1:30 PM PST
19TH C. ENGLISH SILVER PLATED FIGURAL CENTERPIECE WITH CRYSTAL BOWLS
by Auction Plus, Inc.
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$2,5000 Bids
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3 PIECES VINTAGE INKWELLS AND CRYSTAL BOWL
Feb 25, 11:00 AM CST
3 PIECES VINTAGE INKWELLS AND CRYSTAL BOWL
by Lewis & Maese Antiques & Auctions
Est: $150- $200
$500 Bids
A GILT CRYSTAL DRINKING BOWL CARVED WITH VARIETIES OF FLOWERS.C349
Feb 24, 11:00 AM EST
A GILT CRYSTAL DRINKING BOWL CARVED WITH VARIETIES OF FLOWERS.C349
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $1,800- $3,000
$5500 Bids
CRISTAL DE VAL SAINT-LAMBERT
Feb 29, 10:30 AM CET
CRISTAL DE VAL SAINT-LAMBERT
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €30- €60
€100 Bids
Faberge Signed Crystal Bowl with Scalloped Edge
Feb 22, 12:00 PM EST
Faberge Signed Crystal Bowl with Scalloped Edge
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $300- $400
$1000 Bids
5 Crystal Trinket Dishes or Centerpieces
Feb 22, 12:00 PM EST
5 Crystal Trinket Dishes or Centerpieces
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
5 Crystal Trinket Dishes or Centerpieces
Feb 22, 12:00 PM EST
5 Crystal Trinket Dishes or Centerpieces
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Mikasa Crystal Bowl
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Mikasa Crystal Bowl
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
JG Durand Crystal Bowl France
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
JG Durand Crystal Bowl France
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
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Tiffany & Co. | Large Crystal Bowl
Feb 25, 1:00 PM PST
Tiffany & Co. | Large Crystal Bowl
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $5- $300
$50 Bids
2 diverse ronde kristallen schalen met ruitslijpse…
Feb 29, 7:00 PM CET
2 diverse ronde kristallen schalen met ruitslijpse…
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €75- €100
€350 Bids
2 geslepen kristallen schaaltjes met zilveren heng…
Feb 28, 7:00 PM CET
2 geslepen kristallen schaaltjes met zilveren heng…
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €75- €100
€350 Bids
geslepen kristallen schaal met zilveren hengsel, c…
Feb 28, 7:00 PM CET
geslepen kristallen schaal met zilveren hengsel, c…
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €75- €100
€350 Bids
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Continental Crystal Glass Large Bowl
Feb 23, 11:00 AM PST
Continental Crystal Glass Large Bowl
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
Mooie vrij grote Art Deco-coupe in deels kleurloos…
Mar 03, 2:00 PM CET
Mooie vrij grote Art Deco-coupe in deels kleurloos…
by DVC
Est: €100- €200
€800 Bids
BOLS A CAVIAR, ALLEMAGNE
Feb 28, 10:30 AM CET
BOLS A CAVIAR, ALLEMAGNE
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €100- €200
€100 Bids
MCKEE BELLFLOWER CLEAR CRYSTAL COMPOTE PEDESTAL BOWL
Mar 02, 9:00 AM CST
MCKEE BELLFLOWER CLEAR CRYSTAL COMPOTE PEDESTAL BOWL
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $60
$150 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Crystal Bowls


Greenwich Auction

Greenwich Auction

Auction Plus, Inc.

Auction Plus, Inc.

Veilinghuis Van Spengen

Veilinghuis Van Spengen

Accademia Fine Art

Accademia Fine Art