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Crystal Vases

Considered by many the pinnacle of glassmaking perfection, crystal vase pieces are guaranteed to catch everyone's eye. Crystal vases add a glint of glamour with their remarkable refraction of light, a characteristic quality that distinguishes it from its regular glass counterparts.

Vases themselves date back to the earliest days of glassblowing, which facilitated the creation of vessels for storage and display. As tastes for glassware grew and patrons increased in wealth, crystal became the medium of choice for vases, as it allowed for both a clarity that surpassed glass and a weight that reduced the likelihood it would tip easily.

Crystal vases also dazzled the eye with their substantial sparkle, with the refraction of the glass along its faceted edges resulting in pieces that seemed to shine. These aspects that initially captivated human culture in the early days of crystal pieces continue to compel collectors today.


Quick Facts

  • If you're unsure whether your piece is glass or crystal, then listen closely: a flick to the side of the vessel that results in a resonant note rather than a dull thud suggests your piece is crystal
  • Leaded crystal glass typically contains around 30% lead oxide. Some of the most elite producers, including Waterford, boast 33% content while others can include as low as 24% lead oxide to just make the cut for the lead crystal category. Less than 24% lead oxide means that the glass is simply crystal
  • A pair of early 19th century mounted crystal vases currently hold a record as some of the most expensive such vessels to appear at auction. Featured at a Sotheby's London sale in 2000, the 40 inch high vases sold for $100,144

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varia;zilver; geslepen kristallen siervaas op zilveren voet versierd met biedermeier graveerwerk,
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