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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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4pc Vintage Crystal Footed Vases
Mar 10, 2:00 PM EST
4pc Vintage Crystal Footed Vases
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
Czech Crystal Coloured Glass Lobed Vase, glass vase Karlovy moser Vaiya Freh Water Jar
Mar 07, 12:00 PM GMT
Czech Crystal Coloured Glass Lobed Vase, glass vase Karlovy moser Vaiya Freh Water Jar
by Orion Asian Art
Est: £100- £300
£1001 Bid
Heavy cut crystal vase (H: 30cm)
Mar 07, 1:00 PM AEDT
Heavy cut crystal vase (H: 30cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD401 Bid
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Crystal Cornucopia Centerpiece Vase
Mar 07, 6:00 PM EST
Crystal Cornucopia Centerpiece Vase
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Sevres Frosted Crystal Vase & Center Bowl, 2
Mar 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Sevres Frosted Crystal Vase & Center Bowl, 2
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
Lenox Irish Spring Darcy Crystal Vase w/ Box
Mar 12, 12:00 PM EDT
Lenox Irish Spring Darcy Crystal Vase w/ Box
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
Lot of 6 Cristal items - Brocant
Mar 18, 7:00 PM CET
Lot of 6 Cristal items - Brocant
by Auctions & Collections
Est: €0- €0
€100 Bids
Modern Crystal Vase
Mar 13, 1:00 PM EDT
Modern Crystal Vase
by Block Auction House
Est: $10- $1,000
$50 Bids
LEAD CRYSTAL VASE
Mar 09, 11:00 AM CST
LEAD CRYSTAL VASE
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $35- $65
$100 Bids
A LARGE ROGASKA CRYSTAL GLASS BULBUS VASE Signed, 7ins hign in a display box.
Mar 06, 10:30 AM GMT
A LARGE ROGASKA CRYSTAL GLASS BULBUS VASE Signed, 7ins hign in a display box.
by John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: £50- £100
£450 Bids
A Stuart Crystal vase
Mar 07, 10:00 AM GMT
A Stuart Crystal vase
by Martel Maides
Est: £40- £50
£300 Bids
4 Crystal and Glass Vases -Val St Lambert - Wedgwood
Mar 29, 10:00 AM EDT
4 Crystal and Glass Vases -Val St Lambert - Wedgwood
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $50- $1,000
$100 Bids
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Crystal Art Deco Style Vase
Mar 10, 2:00 PM EST
Crystal Art Deco Style Vase
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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Roxford Crystal Vase
Mar 10, 2:00 PM EST
Roxford Crystal Vase
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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2pc Vintage Western Germany Crystal Mini Vases
Mar 10, 2:00 PM EST
2pc Vintage Western Germany Crystal Mini Vases
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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2pc Vintage Crystal Footed Vase
Mar 10, 2:00 PM EST
2pc Vintage Crystal Footed Vase
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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4pc German Crystal Assorted Vases
Mar 10, 2:00 PM EST
4pc German Crystal Assorted Vases
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
OGGETTISTICA
Mar 07, 10:30 AM CET
OGGETTISTICA
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €150- €200
€1500 Bids
ART DECO CRYSTAL GLASS FLOWER VASE
Mar 07, 4:00 PM IST
ART DECO CRYSTAL GLASS FLOWER VASE
by The Bidder
Est: $120- $150
$700 Bids
N° 2 Val Saint Lambert crystal vases
Mar 22, 4:30 PM CET
N° 2 Val Saint Lambert crystal vases
by ArtLaRosa
Est: €500- €99,999
€5000 Bids
Félix à BIOT
Mar 09, 2:30 PM CET
Félix à BIOT
by OXIO
Est: €50- €60
€500 Bids
A handcut lead crystal vase (H:25.5cm)
Mar 07, 1:00 PM AEDT
A handcut lead crystal vase (H:25.5cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD150 Bids
Pair of Large Cut Crystal Vases
Mar 11, 6:00 PM EDT
Pair of Large Cut Crystal Vases
by The Auction Barn
Est: $50- $1,000
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Crystal Vases


Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn

Venduehuis Dickhaut Maastricht

Venduehuis Dickhaut Maastricht

Lawsons

Lawsons