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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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HAND CRAFTED CERAMIC VASE VINTAGE COLLECTIBLE
Oct 17, 1:00 PM CDT
HAND CRAFTED CERAMIC VASE VINTAGE COLLECTIBLE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$55 Bids
CERAMIC VASE VINTAGE COLLECTIBLE
Oct 17, 1:00 PM CDT
CERAMIC VASE VINTAGE COLLECTIBLE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$54 Bids
CERAMIC VASE VINTAGE ANTIQUE COLLECTIBLE
Oct 17, 1:00 PM CDT
CERAMIC VASE VINTAGE ANTIQUE COLLECTIBLE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$144 Bids
19th C. European Rococo Style Porcelain Vase
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
19th C. European Rococo Style Porcelain Vase
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
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SYLVAC SQUIRREL VASE
Oct 06, 9:00 AM AEST
SYLVAC SQUIRREL VASE
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD254 Bids
Pair of Vintage Porcelain Vases
Nov 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair of Vintage Porcelain Vases
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
A small polychrome porcelain globular vase with flared mouth painted with gold fishes and aquatic plants
Oct 08, 12:30 PM ICT
A small polychrome porcelain globular vase with flared mouth painted with gold fishes and aquatic plants
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿30,000- ฿40,000
฿24,0003 Bids
Royal Bonn Blue and White Scenic Panel German Porcelain Vase
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Royal Bonn Blue and White Scenic Panel German Porcelain Vase
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$252 Bids
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SWEDISH POTTERY VASE AS WELL AS AN AUSSIE STUDIO POTTERY VASE
Oct 06, 9:00 AM AEST
SWEDISH POTTERY VASE AS WELL AS AN AUSSIE STUDIO POTTERY VASE
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD152 Bids
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LARGE POTTERY VASE BY BILL REID
Oct 06, 9:00 AM AEST
LARGE POTTERY VASE BY BILL REID
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD252 Bids
PAIR OF CONTINENTAL PORCELAIN VASES
Oct 06, 9:00 AM PDT
PAIR OF CONTINENTAL PORCELAIN VASES
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$752 Bids
After J.B. Claude Odiot Empire Style Urn Vase
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
After J.B. Claude Odiot Empire Style Urn Vase
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Group of Eight Blue and White Flower Bricks and Tulipiere Vases
Oct 23, 6:00 PM EDT
Group of Eight Blue and White Flower Bricks and Tulipiere Vases
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Studio Pottery Vase - ovoid shape, makers impressed mark to lower side. 24cm high.
Oct 09, 7:00 PM AEDT
Studio Pottery Vase - ovoid shape, makers impressed mark to lower side. 24cm high.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD302 Bids
Nymphenburg kleine Vase auf Sockel, weiß/ miniature vase
Oct 07, 2:00 PM CEST
Nymphenburg kleine Vase auf Sockel, weiß/ miniature vase
by Kunstauktionshaus Günther
Est: €0- €0
€201 Bid
A French faience bottle vase with chinoiserie-inspired decoration, probably Nevers, 18thC, H 25,5 cm
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
A French faience bottle vase with chinoiserie-inspired decoration, probably Nevers, 18thC, H 25,5 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €200- €300
€1201 Bid
Three-piece Makkumer cabinet set
Oct 07, 10:00 AM CEST
Three-piece Makkumer cabinet set
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€1501 Bid
Portanier, Vasenobjekt / Portanier, Vase object
Oct 07, 2:00 PM CEST
Portanier, Vasenobjekt / Portanier, Vase object
by Kunstauktionshaus Günther
Est: €0- €0
€1001 Bid
SMALL VASE
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
SMALL VASE
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $15- $25
$11 Bid
A CONTEMPORARY EARTHENWARE NORWEGIAN CHECKERED VASE
Oct 16, 10:00 AM EDT
A CONTEMPORARY EARTHENWARE NORWEGIAN CHECKERED VASE
by Shapiro Auctions LLC
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
HAND MADE CERAMIC VASE VINTAGE ANTIQUE
Oct 17, 1:00 PM CDT
HAND MADE CERAMIC VASE VINTAGE ANTIQUE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid

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