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Vases

Ceramic vases chart the course of human history as well as the evolution of form and function. Since the dawn of humankind, the need to possess vessels to carry essential materials has been present. The antique vase filled that need. Along with its evolution in form, it also evolved aesthetically, becoming one of the most diverse forms of artistic production accessible today.

The history of vases goes back to the beginnings of human culture, when we needed a means to carry and store liquid. Over time, aesthetic elements were applied to these ceramic containers, rapidly developing into a field of artistic decoration and design all its own. Ancient Chinese cultures developed elaborate techniques in glazing and firing, while ancient Greeks conjured extensive decorative patterns and mythological narratives on their black- and red-figure pots.

Alongside these decorative developments, vases took on new shapes and sizes to accommodate new uses. From the brilliant floral patters of Capodimonte vases to the more exotic elephant vase, there is seemingly a vase to suit every collector.


Quick Facts

  • The oldest documented pottery was discovered in 2009 in southern China. Surviving in shards, these fragments date to 16,000 B.C.
  • The current record price for an antique vase is held by a Qing Dynasty masterpiece. Known as the "Pinner Qing Dynasty Vase," the vessel sold at auction in 2010 for $83,000,000
  • It was not until 3000 B.C. that the potter’s wheel, developed in ancient Mesopotamia, revolutionized the ability of artisans to create rounded vases

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WEST GERMAN ORANGE DRIP GLAZE VASE SERIAL 517-30 A/F SOME CRACKS + GERMAN YELLOW & BROWN GLAZE BEE HIVE SERIAL 158-11
Feb 22, 9:00 AM AEST
WEST GERMAN ORANGE DRIP GLAZE VASE SERIAL 517-30 A/F SOME CRACKS + GERMAN YELLOW & BROWN GLAZE BEE HIVE SERIAL 158-11
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD5511 Bids
Signed Oriental Hand Painted Porcelain Vase
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
Signed Oriental Hand Painted Porcelain Vase
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$127 Bids
Pair Of French Porcelain & Champleve Urns
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
Pair Of French Porcelain & Champleve Urns
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$197 Bids
Three Multifunctional Vases etc.
Feb 24, 10:00 AM AEDT
Three Multifunctional Vases etc.
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD457 Bids
Grouping of Green Glazed Pottery
Feb 21, 12:00 PM EST
Grouping of Green Glazed Pottery
by Caza Sikes
Est: $100- $200
$3006 Bids
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MCHUGH TASMANIA SQUAT VASE + JOHN CAMPBELL TASMANIA VASE A/F CHIP TO RIM
Feb 22, 9:00 AM AEST
MCHUGH TASMANIA SQUAT VASE + JOHN CAMPBELL TASMANIA VASE A/F CHIP TO RIM
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD556 Bids
2 RAKU ART POTTERY VASES SIGNED
Feb 28, 3:00 PM EST
2 RAKU ART POTTERY VASES SIGNED
by Austin York LLC
Est: $40- $80
$505 Bids
Four Multifunctional Vases
Feb 24, 10:00 AM AEDT
Four Multifunctional Vases
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD355 Bids
Ceramic Torso Vase
Feb 21, 9:00 AM PST
Ceramic Torso Vase
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$1505 Bids
HERMES, PARIS 'CHEVAL D'ORIENT' PORCELAIN VASE
Feb 23, 10:00 AM EST
HERMES, PARIS 'CHEVAL D'ORIENT' PORCELAIN VASE
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$3005 Bids
Pair of Ceramic Vases
Feb 21, 9:00 AM EST
Pair of Ceramic Vases
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$605 Bids
Signed Oriental Hand Painted Porcelain Vase
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
Signed Oriental Hand Painted Porcelain Vase
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$105 Bids
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1950S SYDNEY POTTERY WALL VASE WITH APPLIED FLORALS
Feb 22, 9:00 AM AEST
1950S SYDNEY POTTERY WALL VASE WITH APPLIED FLORALS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD555 Bids
Two West German pottery vases, one with orange bands (38cm)
Feb 22, 10:00 AM AEDT
Two West German pottery vases, one with orange bands (38cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD455 Bids
A large two handled English porcelain vase having painted swan decoration. H 41cm, W 22cm
Feb 23, 3:00 PM AEDT
A large two handled English porcelain vase having painted swan decoration. H 41cm, W 22cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD304 Bids
Vintage Vases, Candlesticks, and Cologne Bottle
Feb 21, 9:00 AM EST
Vintage Vases, Candlesticks, and Cologne Bottle
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$454 Bids
A fine pair of French 19th century ormolu and blue porcelain two handled side urns. H 43cm, W 12cm
Feb 25, 7:00 PM AEDT
A fine pair of French 19th century ormolu and blue porcelain two handled side urns. H 43cm, W 12cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD4,000- AUD6,000
AUD1,1004 Bids
Earthenware Pot & Andrew Van Assche Post Modern Abstract Vase
Feb 21, 9:00 AM EST
Earthenware Pot & Andrew Van Assche Post Modern Abstract Vase
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$404 Bids
A moonflask shaped studio pottery vase (H:23.5cm)
Feb 22, 1:00 PM AEDT
A moonflask shaped studio pottery vase (H:23.5cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD454 Bids
A Vase Marked Maison+ Balzac
Feb 24, 10:00 AM AEDT
A Vase Marked Maison+ Balzac
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD504 Bids
Vintage Flower Pots, Mug, Vase, and Silverware
Feb 21, 9:00 AM EST
Vintage Flower Pots, Mug, Vase, and Silverware
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids

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