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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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VINTAGE WESTMORELAND GLASS HEN ON NEST
Dec 02, 4:00 PM EST
VINTAGE WESTMORELAND GLASS HEN ON NEST
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$185 Bids
Stuart Abelman Art Glass Teddy Bear Figurine
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
Stuart Abelman Art Glass Teddy Bear Figurine
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid
(2 Pc) Iittala Art Glass Bird Figurines
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
(2 Pc) Iittala Art Glass Bird Figurines
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
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2pc Figurines, Polar Bear and Baby Duck
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
2pc Figurines, Polar Bear and Baby Duck
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
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Vintage Frosted Glass Figurine, Polar Bear
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Frosted Glass Figurine, Polar Bear
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
Seltener Schnapshund
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CET
Seltener Schnapshund
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €240- €480
€2400 Bids
Russian Blown Glass Horse Ornament
Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
Russian Blown Glass Horse Ornament
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $60- $80
$400 Bids
3 Crystal Animals, St. Louis Eagle Head, Pig and Ant Eater Unsigned
Dec 07, 5:00 PM EST
3 Crystal Animals, St. Louis Eagle Head, Pig and Ant Eater Unsigned
by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
Lenox Crystal Standing Clear Elephant Trunk Up Frosted Base Figurine 7" 1994, EC
Jan 07, 1:00 PM EST
Lenox Crystal Standing Clear Elephant Trunk Up Frosted Base Figurine 7" 1994, EC
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Deux colombes, design de Oiva Toikka
Dec 05, 12:00 PM CET
Deux colombes, design de Oiva Toikka
by Geneve Encheres
Est: CHF100- CHF150
CHF500 Bids
(2) SWEDISH F.M. RONNEBY KONSTGLAS FISH SCULPTURES
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
(2) SWEDISH F.M. RONNEBY KONSTGLAS FISH SCULPTURES
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $80- $150
$500 Bids
Swedish Glass Statuette In The Figure of aFemale Polar Bear & Her Son
Dec 04, 5:30 PM IST
Swedish Glass Statuette In The Figure of aFemale Polar Bear & Her Son
by Alma
Est: $80- $100
$500 Bids
Vintage Hand Blown Pink Art Glass Swan
Dec 04, 3:00 PM PST
Vintage Hand Blown Pink Art Glass Swan
by Clark's Auction Company
Est: $100- $200
$600 Bids
LOT OF ASSORTED BLOWN & PRESSED GLASS ANIMALS
Dec 09, 12:00 PM EST
LOT OF ASSORTED BLOWN & PRESSED GLASS ANIMALS
by Dennis Auction Service
Est: $50- $100
$200 Bids
LOT OF ASSORTED BLOWN & PRESSED GLASS ANIMALS
Dec 09, 12:00 PM EST
LOT OF ASSORTED BLOWN & PRESSED GLASS ANIMALS
by Dennis Auction Service
Est: $50- $100
$200 Bids
LOT OF 4 BLOWN GLASS ANIMALS
Dec 09, 12:00 PM EST
LOT OF 4 BLOWN GLASS ANIMALS
by Dennis Auction Service
Est: $50- $100
$200 Bids
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2pc Lenox Crystal Figurines, Lord and Lady Wolves
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
2pc Lenox Crystal Figurines, Lord and Lady Wolves
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$50 Bids
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Vintage Goebel Frosted Glass Crystal Lion Figurine
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Goebel Frosted Glass Crystal Lion Figurine
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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Vintage Glass Elephant Figurine
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Glass Elephant Figurine
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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Vintage Hand Blown Glass Elephant Figurine
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Hand Blown Glass Elephant Figurine
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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Vintage Reijmyre Glass Elephant Figurine
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Reijmyre Glass Elephant Figurine
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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Vintage Sabino Opalescent Glass Figurine, Rooster
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Sabino Opalescent Glass Figurine, Rooster
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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2pc Vintage Sabino Opalescent Glass Fish Figurines
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
2pc Vintage Sabino Opalescent Glass Fish Figurines
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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Vintage Hand Blown Glass Elephant Figurine
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Hand Blown Glass Elephant Figurine
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Glass Animals


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn

Dennis Auction Service

Dennis Auction Service

Chamberlain Auction Gallery

Chamberlain Auction Gallery