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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

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Gabriel Viardot Antique French Japonisme Planter
Feb 24, 11:00 AM EST
Gabriel Viardot Antique French Japonisme Planter
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $400- $15,000
$9008 Bids
Collection of various ceramic and terracotta planters (13 x 25cm)
Feb 22, 3:00 PM AEDT
Collection of various ceramic and terracotta planters (13 x 25cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD304 Bids
A Spanish porcelain woven form jardiniere (H:27cm W:34cm)
Feb 22, 1:00 PM AEDT
A Spanish porcelain woven form jardiniere (H:27cm W:34cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD703 Bids
Three handspun terracotta planters and and smaller example (20 x 20cm)
Feb 22, 3:00 PM AEDT
Three handspun terracotta planters and and smaller example (20 x 20cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD253 Bids
Collection of four terracotta planters (50 x 30 x 30cm)
Feb 22, 3:00 PM AEDT
Collection of four terracotta planters (50 x 30 x 30cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD50- AUD70
AUD253 Bids
Gollum Jade in white ceramic planter
Feb 22, 3:00 PM AEDT
Gollum Jade in white ceramic planter
by Lawsons
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD253 Bids
Pedestal With Ceramic Flower Pot
Feb 27, 6:00 PM EST
Pedestal With Ceramic Flower Pot
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$63 Bids
Collection of varied ceramic & terracotta planters (34 x 23cm)
Feb 22, 3:00 PM AEDT
Collection of varied ceramic & terracotta planters (34 x 23cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD203 Bids
A Continental glazed earthenware jardiniere on stand, 20th century
Feb 28, 10:00 AM PST
A Continental glazed earthenware jardiniere on stand, 20th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1202 Bids
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2pc Tressemanes & Vogt Porcelain Jardiniere + Pedestal
Feb 22, 2:00 PM EST
2pc Tressemanes & Vogt Porcelain Jardiniere + Pedestal
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$202 Bids
Terracotta trough planter (24 x 68 x 35cm)
Feb 22, 3:00 PM AEDT
Terracotta trough planter (24 x 68 x 35cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD152 Bids
Twin handled terracotta planter (32 x 41cm)
Feb 22, 3:00 PM AEDT
Twin handled terracotta planter (32 x 41cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD152 Bids
A LARGE CONTINENTAL STYLE PORCELAIN JARDINERE.C407.
Feb 24, 11:00 AM EST
A LARGE CONTINENTAL STYLE PORCELAIN JARDINERE.C407.
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$9501 Bid
GROUP OF TWENTY-SIX WHICHFORD POTTERY TERRACOTTA KITCHEN GARDEN POTS
Feb 22, 10:00 AM GMT
GROUP OF TWENTY-SIX WHICHFORD POTTERY TERRACOTTA KITCHEN GARDEN POTS
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £300- £400
£1501 Bid
ALBERT RADFORD FIGURAL POTTERY JARDINIERE ON PEDESTAL
Feb 23, 10:00 AM CST
ALBERT RADFORD FIGURAL POTTERY JARDINIERE ON PEDESTAL
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $500- $1,000
$2501 Bid
9.5" CHRYSANTHEMUM JARDINIERE
Feb 24, 11:00 AM EST
9.5" CHRYSANTHEMUM JARDINIERE
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
9.5" CHRYSANTHEMUM JARDINIERE
Feb 24, 11:00 AM EST
9.5" CHRYSANTHEMUM JARDINIERE
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Glazed ceramic planter (28 x 36 x 36cm)
Feb 22, 3:00 PM AEDT
Glazed ceramic planter (28 x 36 x 36cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD30- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
CHARLES & ALICE SMITH CALIFORNIA POTTERY (3 PCS)
Feb 25, 3:00 PM PST
CHARLES & ALICE SMITH CALIFORNIA POTTERY (3 PCS)
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Collection of seven planters including terracotta (26 x 26cm)
Feb 22, 3:00 PM AEDT
Collection of seven planters including terracotta (26 x 26cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD101 Bid
NOUVEAU ART POTTERY JARDINIERE ON PEDESTAL
Feb 23, 10:00 AM CST
NOUVEAU ART POTTERY JARDINIERE ON PEDESTAL
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Two glazed terracotta planters (27 x 36cm)
Feb 22, 3:00 PM AEDT
Two glazed terracotta planters (27 x 36cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD101 Bid
Ceramic Flower Pot With Live Plant 12”
Feb 27, 6:00 PM EST
Ceramic Flower Pot With Live Plant 12”
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
TWO- 5" AMERICAN BISQUE PLANTERS
Feb 24, 11:00 AM EST
TWO- 5" AMERICAN BISQUE PLANTERS
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid

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