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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VINTAGE TECO GREEN MATTE ART POTTERY VASE
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
VINTAGE TECO GREEN MATTE ART POTTERY VASE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$36014 Bids
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GREEK HAND PAINTED #148 VASE
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
GREEK HAND PAINTED #148 VASE
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$3110 Bids
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GIANT PLASTER FLOOR VASE
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
GIANT PLASTER FLOOR VASE
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$108 Bids
TWO RUSSIAN PORCELAIN VASES
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
TWO RUSSIAN PORCELAIN VASES
by Galerie Moenius
Est: CHF1,200- CHF2,400
CHF2,8008 Bids
Trenton Pottery Turquoise Glazed Two Handle Vase, H: 16 in
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Trenton Pottery Turquoise Glazed Two Handle Vase, H: 16 in
by Weschler's
Est: $30- $50
$1007 Bids
Charles Lisk Vale N.C. Pottery Face Churn
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Charles Lisk Vale N.C. Pottery Face Churn
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$856 Bids
Casey Hankin Studio Art Pottery "Face" Vase, Signed
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Casey Hankin Studio Art Pottery "Face" Vase, Signed
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$1005 Bids
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ANNE SCHIESEL HARRIS ABSTRACT GLAZED POTTERY VASE
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
ANNE SCHIESEL HARRIS ABSTRACT GLAZED POTTERY VASE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$554 Bids
Vintage Selden Bybee Vase
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Selden Bybee Vase
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
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CERAMIC UNMARKED VASE AND FAUX FLOWERS
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
CERAMIC UNMARKED VASE AND FAUX FLOWERS
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$64 Bids
Pisgah Forest Art Pottery Vase
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Pisgah Forest Art Pottery Vase
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$214 Bids
Signed Vntg Hand Painted Asian Porcelain Vase
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Signed Vntg Hand Painted Asian Porcelain Vase
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $50- $150
$84 Bids
Carl Christiansen Fish Vase
Oct 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Carl Christiansen Fish Vase
by Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
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VINTAGE LAKSHMI DESIGN IRIS MOTIF STUDIO POTTERY VASE
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
VINTAGE LAKSHMI DESIGN IRIS MOTIF STUDIO POTTERY VASE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$503 Bids
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VINTAGE LAKSHMI DESIGN IRIS MOTIF STUDIO POTTERY VASE
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
VINTAGE LAKSHMI DESIGN IRIS MOTIF STUDIO POTTERY VASE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$503 Bids
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Pair of France Marble Vase
Oct 22, 11:00 AM PDT
Pair of France Marble Vase
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $20- $40
$103 Bids
Antique Waco Matte Green Painted Vase
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique Waco Matte Green Painted Vase
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
Early 19th Century European porcelain vase, 25.30 cm. (9.96 in.)
Oct 18, 7:00 PM AEDT
Early 19th Century European porcelain vase, 25.30 cm. (9.96 in.)
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD303 Bids
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BOX LOT OF POTTERY DECO VASES
Oct 21, 9:30 AM AEST
BOX LOT OF POTTERY DECO VASES
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD353 Bids
(3) Vintage Napco Porcelain Head Vases
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
(3) Vintage Napco Porcelain Head Vases
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
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GEORGETOWN POTTERY JADE WAVE IKEBANA VASE
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
GEORGETOWN POTTERY JADE WAVE IKEBANA VASE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
Pair Vintage Signed Hand Painted Porcelain Vases
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair Vintage Signed Hand Painted Porcelain Vases
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $50- $150
$62 Bids
Priscilla Namingha Hopi-Tewa 'Migration' Vase
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Priscilla Namingha Hopi-Tewa 'Migration' Vase
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$302 Bids
MOORCROFT SCENIC POTTERY VASE
Oct 24, 3:00 PM PDT
MOORCROFT SCENIC POTTERY VASE
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1402 Bids

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