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Glass Animals

From glass goldfish to crystal cats, glass animal figurines tell their own tale of popular culture and craftsmanship. Animals depicted as small glass objects and figurines have been celebrated for centuries and are some of the most coveted glass collectibles on the auction market today.

Though some glass animal figurines survive from the ancient world, it was not until the great advances in glassmaking techniques around the 15th century that allowed a true foundation for the form. As great glassmakers across Europe forayed into increasingly elaborate glassware, they also ventured into small figurines to cater to those who wished for a more petite, and perhaps less expensive, alternative.

Many of the great 20th-century glass companies from Lalique to Swarovski continue with this trend by creating entire lines of small glass collectibles and figurines. It is this continuity, combined with expert craftsmanship, that allows the field of glass animal figurines to still captivate collectors young and old alike.


Quick Facts

  • One of the oldest surviving examples of a glass figurine dates to the 18th dynasty of ancient Egypt. Depicting what is most likely a tilapia, this diminutive fish doubled as a small flask and currently lives in London's British Museum
  • Glass animal figurines play a prominent role in Tennessee Williams' iconic play "The Glass Menagerie," which debuted in 1944 in Chicago
  • A group of Steuben glass animal figurines set a record price at a Christie's New York auction in 2004. Totaling 15 pieces, including an elephant more than seven inches high, the collection sold for $7,768

Recommended Items at Auction

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Lalique Art Glass Crystal Barama Lion Sculpture
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Lalique Art Glass Crystal Barama Lion Sculpture
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1754 Bids
MURANO Multicolored Art Glass Elephant
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
MURANO Multicolored Art Glass Elephant
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$353 Bids
Pair of Heavy Glass Lamps with Elephant Finials
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Pair of Heavy Glass Lamps with Elephant Finials
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
Lalique French Art Glass LUCKY Elephant Figurine
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Lalique French Art Glass LUCKY Elephant Figurine
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1002 Bids
(9) Murano Art Glass Pendants
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
(9) Murano Art Glass Pendants
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
Glass Dolphin figurine
Oct 23, 3:00 PM EDT
Glass Dolphin figurine
by Bob Stutler's Auction
Est: $0- $0
$62 Bids
Old World Christmas Swallowtail Butterfly Glass Ornament, MIB
Nov 06, 1:00 PM EDT
Old World Christmas Swallowtail Butterfly Glass Ornament, MIB
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Lalique Crystal Owl Figurine
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Lalique Crystal Owl Figurine
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$201 Bid
Hand Blown MURANO Studio Art Glass OWL
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Hand Blown MURANO Studio Art Glass OWL
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$61 Bid
Oggetti Milano Crystal Elephant Figurine
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Oggetti Milano Crystal Elephant Figurine
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$201 Bid
Lalique "Bamara" Lion Statue
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Lalique "Bamara" Lion Statue
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $500
$401 Bid
Loose rock crystal triangle
Oct 28, 11:00 AM CEST
Loose rock crystal triangle
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €90- €360
€801 Bid
Two Iittala Glass Birds.
Oct 23, 1:00 PM EDT
Two Iittala Glass Birds.
by Casco Bay Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$701 Bid
Rock, Crystal, Natural, Collectible, Mineral, Specimen
Oct 27, 6:00 PM CDT
Rock, Crystal, Natural, Collectible, Mineral, Specimen
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$121 Bid
Group lot Glass inc Murano Seahorse - Green with silver inclusions & millef
Oct 24, 7:00 PM AEDT
Group lot Glass inc Murano Seahorse - Green with silver inclusions & millef
by The Collector
Est: AUD20- AUD40
AUD201 Bid
PATEK PHILIPPE 18K GOLD WITH CENTER SECONDS MADE FOR THE HISPANIC MARKET
Nov 06, 3:00 PM CET
PATEK PHILIPPE 18K GOLD WITH CENTER SECONDS MADE FOR THE HISPANIC MARKET
by Antiquorum Genève SA
Est: CHF2,500- CHF4,500
CHF2,4001 Bid
Licio Zanetti Murano Glass Seal
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Licio Zanetti Murano Glass Seal
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$201 Bid
Rikaro handmade toucan ornament, 11.5cm H
Oct 25, 7:00 PM AEDT
Rikaro handmade toucan ornament, 11.5cm H
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD201 Bid
Italian Murano Art Glass Elephant Figure.
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Italian Murano Art Glass Elephant Figure.
by Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
Murano Pino Signoretto Elephant Glass Sculpture
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Murano Pino Signoretto Elephant Glass Sculpture
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
Murano Licio Zanetti Art Glass Elephant Sculpture
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Murano Licio Zanetti Art Glass Elephant Sculpture
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Glass Animals


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Easterly Auction Company

Easterly Auction Company

Aste Boetto SRL

Aste Boetto SRL

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