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Jardinieres

A flowerpot may sound fanciful, but its more elegant cousin, the jardinière, exudes a sense of elegance and sophistication for floral displays. Jardinières, which can range from smaller tabletop cachepots to larger decorative planter urns, are indelibly tied to the tradition of the potted plant.

The use of flowerpots dates back thousands of years, when the early cultures of Egypt and Greece used them to cultivate new plant varietals and transport seedlings. These early vessels were typically simple earthenware designs that remained the standard for generations, that is, until the rise of highly decorative ceramics introduced in the 17th and 18th centuries.

With the rise of European producers, from Delftware to Wedgwood, flower pots and planters were often upgraded to the more elegant jardinière form. Jardinières featured beautiful painted motifs complementing the delicate blossoms of potted or cut blooms. Such elegance continues to be enjoyed today, as an antique jardinière makes a perfect centerpiece or showcase for treasured blooms.


Quick Facts

  • The jardinière takes its name from the feminine form of the French word for gardener
  • One of Renaissance master Raphael’s most beloved paintings is "La Belle Jardinière," featuring Mary and infants Christ and Saint John the Baptist in a garden
  • One of the world’s record-setting jardinières appeared at a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong in 2012. A 14th-15th century mallow-shaped, Jun-glazed jardinière with a matching stand, this vessel sold for $2,115,035

Recommended Items at Auction

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19th C English Majolica Cache Pot Jardiniere
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
19th C English Majolica Cache Pot Jardiniere
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $20- $15,000
$2509 Bids
An English Ceramic Planter with Floral Detail
Nov 14, 11:00 AM AEDT
An English Ceramic Planter with Floral Detail
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD40- AUD80
AUD252 Bids
Cast Ceramic Planter
Nov 17, 10:00 AM EST
Cast Ceramic Planter
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $20- $100
$11 Bid
Roseville Pottery Poppy 1938 Green Jardinière Planter, 642-4, EC
Jan 08, 1:00 PM EST
Roseville Pottery Poppy 1938 Green Jardinière Planter, 642-4, EC
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
PR CHINESE PORCELAIN JARDINIERES WITH STANDS
Nov 12, 11:00 AM EST
PR CHINESE PORCELAIN JARDINIERES WITH STANDS
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$1,2001 Bid
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LOT OF FLOWER POTS CERAMIC AND OLASTIC
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
LOT OF FLOWER POTS CERAMIC AND OLASTIC
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Shooner reproduction redware flower pot
Nov 19, 4:00 PM EST
Shooner reproduction redware flower pot
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$300 Bids
Mid Century Atomic Style Ceramic Planter Bowl
Nov 13, 2:00 PM EST
Mid Century Atomic Style Ceramic Planter Bowl
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $100- $200
$800 Bids
Pair of Historicist jardiniere
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Pair of Historicist jardiniere
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1,1000 Bids
JARDINIERE
Oct 30, 2:00 PM CEST
JARDINIERE
by Côte Basque Enchères
Est: €150- €200
€1400 Bids
Italian Porcelain Planter Umbrella Holder
Nov 17, 10:00 AM EST
Italian Porcelain Planter Umbrella Holder
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $50- $100
$10 Bids
A Pair of Blue and White Flower Pots
Oct 30, 9:30 AM EDT
A Pair of Blue and White Flower Pots
by Luban Antique
Est: $100- $200
$1000 Bids
Small jardiniere, end of the 19th
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Small jardiniere, end of the 19th
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€600 Bids
Historicist jardiniere, end of th
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Historicist jardiniere, end of th
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1200 Bids
Large cachepot, 20th century, pol
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Large cachepot, 20th century, pol
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1000 Bids
Spanish White Ceramic Floral Planter
Nov 21, 12:00 PM EST
Spanish White Ceramic Floral Planter
by Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Red-Glazed Earthenware Urn-Form Planter
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Red-Glazed Earthenware Urn-Form Planter
by Nye & Company
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
A LARGE FRENCH GILTBRASS JARDINIERE
Nov 09, 9:30 AM CET
A LARGE FRENCH GILTBRASS JARDINIERE
by Nagel Auction
Est: €600- €601
€6000 Bids
Cisne da Vista Alegre planter
Oct 28, 8:00 PM WEST
Cisne da Vista Alegre planter
by Marques dos Santos
Est: €300- €400
€2000 Bids
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Large Pottery Jardiniere
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
Large Pottery Jardiniere
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $60- $120
$300 Bids
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Chinese Plaques & Planter w/Liner
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
Chinese Plaques & Planter w/Liner
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $60- $120
$300 Bids
Große Jardiniere mit Figurenstaffage,Bisquittporzellan,rückseitig nummeriert 1286,ca.24x11x17cm
Nov 20, 11:00 AM CET
Große Jardiniere mit Figurenstaffage,Bisquittporzellan,rückseitig nummeriert 1286,ca.24x11x17cm
by Auction Partners
Est: €40- €0
€400 Bids

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