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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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Glass Fish Decor 8”
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Glass Fish Decor 8”
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$66 Bids
Finnish Oiva Toikka For Nuutajarvi Art Glass Duck Figurine Sculpture
Mar 12, 12:00 PM EDT
Finnish Oiva Toikka For Nuutajarvi Art Glass Duck Figurine Sculpture
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$754 Bids
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Glass And Stone Dolphins And Dogs Figurines
Mar 07, 6:00 PM EST
Glass And Stone Dolphins And Dogs Figurines
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$133 Bids
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Langham Art Glass Bird Figurine, Red Cardinal
Mar 07, 2:00 PM EST
Langham Art Glass Bird Figurine, Red Cardinal
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$152 Bids
Two boxed Rikaro art glass angel fish, taller Height 17cm
Mar 12, 7:00 PM AEDT
Two boxed Rikaro art glass angel fish, taller Height 17cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD50- AUD70
AUD202 Bids
Hand blown spun glass Dolphin small figurine on mirror base
Mar 05, 7:00 PM EST
Hand blown spun glass Dolphin small figurine on mirror base
by Omni Auction Corp
Est: $20- $30
$152 Bids
ERIC HOPKINS (BORN 1951). GLASS WHALE.
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
ERIC HOPKINS (BORN 1951). GLASS WHALE.
by Casco Bay Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
CHRISTOPHER SMITH ART GLASS FISH
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
CHRISTOPHER SMITH ART GLASS FISH
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $50- $100
$201 Bid
Art Glass Turtle Statue
Mar 07, 12:00 PM EST
Art Glass Turtle Statue
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $50- $100
$201 Bid
Gorgeous MURANO Blown Mini Art Glass Butterfly
Apr 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Gorgeous MURANO Blown Mini Art Glass Butterfly
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$61 Bid
MCM Oiva Toikka Nuutajarvi Finland Glass Bird
Mar 23, 11:00 AM EDT
MCM Oiva Toikka Nuutajarvi Finland Glass Bird
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $40- $15,000
$401 Bid
A pair of Heron Glass iridescent swans (H:8cm, L:8cm)
Mar 07, 1:00 PM AEDT
A pair of Heron Glass iridescent swans (H:8cm, L:8cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD151 Bid
Decorative Glass Swan
Mar 05, 9:00 AM EST
Decorative Glass Swan
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
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Lenox Crystal Butterfly 4”
Mar 07, 6:00 PM EST
Lenox Crystal Butterfly 4”
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Glass Cat Figure
Mar 07, 10:00 AM EST
Glass Cat Figure
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Glass Pegasus Under a Cloche
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Glass Pegasus Under a Cloche
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$301 Bid
Art Glass Elephant Statue
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Art Glass Elephant Statue
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$101 Bid
Zanetti Italian Mid-Century Modern Art Glass Seal
Mar 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Zanetti Italian Mid-Century Modern Art Glass Seal
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
RM Ronne Art Glass Whale
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
RM Ronne Art Glass Whale
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$100 Bids
5 Art Glass Turtles
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
5 Art Glass Turtles
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
Set of ten birds; MARIUS ERNEST SABINO; France, twentieth century. Glass. They present faults. Signed.
Mar 20, 11:30 AM CET
Set of ten birds; MARIUS ERNEST SABINO; France, twentieth century. Glass. They present faults. Signed.
by Setdart Auction House
Est: €200- €300
€1500 Bids
Hand blown glass frosted accents Magical Unicorn small figurine on mirror base
Mar 05, 7:00 PM EST
Hand blown glass frosted accents Magical Unicorn small figurine on mirror base
by Omni Auction Corp
Est: $20- $30
$100 Bids
Hand blown spun glass frosted details Elephant small figurine on mirror base
Mar 05, 7:00 PM EST
Hand blown spun glass frosted details Elephant small figurine on mirror base
by Omni Auction Corp
Est: $15- $20
$60 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Glass Animals


Cordier Auctions & Appraisals

Cordier Auctions & Appraisals

Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn

Setdart Auction House

Setdart Auction House