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Crystal Glassware

The distinct glisten of glass crystal is an unmistakable sign of expert craftsmanship. One of the most significant advances in glassmaking in the past several hundred years, crystal glass is coveted both for its clarity and beauty.

Since the dawn of glassmaking, a perennial problem was that the glass itself was not completely transparent. Glass, which is made from melted silica sand along with other minerals and ingredients, was initially relatively opaque. This was not of great concern for smaller decorative objects, but it limited the functional uses of glass such as the creation of lamps and windowpanes.

It was not until the 15th century that Venetian glassmakers perfected the formula for clarity, paving the way for the pursuit of increasingly sparkly glass. The Germans experimented by using potash and lime in place of the traditional soda ash in their glass- making mixture, which resulted in the remarkably clear Bohemian glass. But it was the English who first added lead oxide to their glass formula to yield the characteristics of crystal that are beloved today.

By the end of the 18th century, crystal glass had become the standard of glassmaking sophistication. Great crystal houses such as Waterford and Hoya have ensured its continued status by creating expert designs with utmost clarity and a sparkle that rivals even the glisten of diamonds.


Quick Facts

  • The earliest relatively clear glass on record was produced by the Romans in the first century A.D.
  • Venetian glassmaker Angelo Barovier is often credited with inventing Venetian clear glass, known as "cristallo," around 1450
  • Lead oxide added to the glass mixture renders the glass more pliable, which allows glassmakers to create increasingly intricate designs

Recommended Items at Auction

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(6pc) Etched Crystal Cocktail Shaker Set
Dec 10, 10:00 AM MST
(6pc) Etched Crystal Cocktail Shaker Set
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$654 Bids
Group of Crystal Candle Holders on Tray
Dec 11, 10:30 AM AEDT
Group of Crystal Candle Holders on Tray
by Kerleys Auctions
Est: AUD50- AUD60
AUD404 Bids
Silver and crystal jug
Dec 14, 3:00 PM CET
Silver and crystal jug
by Colasanti Casa d'Aste
Est: €400- €600
€4002 Bids
Rock Crystal Flower Receptacle
Dec 09, 1:00 PM PST
Rock Crystal Flower Receptacle
by China Arts Auction
Est: $900- $1,500
$1252 Bids
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GLÄSERSERVICE
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
GLÄSERSERVICE
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF200- CHF400
CHF2001 Bid
Zwei Karaffen mit Stöpsel und Silbermontierung
Dec 09, 10:00 AM CET
Zwei Karaffen mit Stöpsel und Silbermontierung
by Leo Spik
Est: €100- €120
€1201 Bid
Natural Green Agate Chalcedony 925 Silver Crystal Tear
Dec 22, 10:00 PM EST
Natural Green Agate Chalcedony 925 Silver Crystal Tear
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $60- $80
$401 Bid
CRYSTAL CAKE PLATE COVER
Dec 17, 9:00 AM CST
CRYSTAL CAKE PLATE COVER
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $15- $25
$31 Bid
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THERESIENTHAL, 4 WASSERGLÄSER
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
THERESIENTHAL, 4 WASSERGLÄSER
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF200
CHF1001 Bid
Crystal Prisms
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
Crystal Prisms
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
LOT OF 5 CRYSTAL PAPERWEIGHTS
Dec 09, 12:00 PM EST
LOT OF 5 CRYSTAL PAPERWEIGHTS
by Dennis Auction Service
Est: $50- $100
$201 Bid
Crystal Ball
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Crystal Ball
by Seminole Estate Auction & Liq. LLC
Est: $400- $1,000
$301 Bid
FRANK LLOYD RIGHT CRYSTAL MARTINI SET BY ROGASKA
Dec 11, 2:00 PM PST
FRANK LLOYD RIGHT CRYSTAL MARTINI SET BY ROGASKA
by District Auction
Est: $80- $120
$401 Bid
Hand-carved Flourite Quartz Crystal Heart Dish
Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
Hand-carved Flourite Quartz Crystal Heart Dish
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $75- $150
$500 Bids
A lot of various glassware and crystal.
Dec 12, 6:30 PM CET
A lot of various glassware and crystal.
by Medusa Auctioneers
Est: €40- €60
€400 Bids
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KARAFFE UND 6 GLÄSER
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
KARAFFE UND 6 GLÄSER
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF200
CHF1000 Bids
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KARAFFE
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
KARAFFE
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF200
CHF1000 Bids
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KARAFFE
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
KARAFFE
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF180
CHF1000 Bids
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HARRACH CRYSTAL, GLÄSERSERVICE
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CET
HARRACH CRYSTAL, GLÄSERSERVICE
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF300- CHF600
CHF3000 Bids
Pair bronze based crystal girandoles
Dec 17, 2:00 PM PST
Pair bronze based crystal girandoles
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $350
$500 Bids
Bottiglia portaprofumo in cristallo con inserti in metallo argentato
Dec 14, 3:00 PM CET
Bottiglia portaprofumo in cristallo con inserti in metallo argentato
by Gliubich Casa d'Aste
Est: €0- €0
€500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Crystal Glassware


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Dees Auction Company,LLC

Dees Auction Company,LLC