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Chinese Porcelain Vases

Porcelain vases were originally created for their rigid and translucent quality. Throughout thousands of years of their making in China, shapes and uses for porcelain vases have evolved. During the Song Dynasty, for example, the "plum" vase was popular, named as so because it was used to hold plum branches.

Double-gourd vases were also made during this period. Later, porcelain vases made in the Yuan Dynasty included the beaker-shaped vase and the garlic-head-shaped vase. Globular vases were popular in the Ming Dynasty, and conjoined vases in the Qianlong period.

Qing-hua blue and white painting is the most well-known variety of porcelain vase decorating. Cinnabar porcelain vases are reddish-brown owing to the presence of mercury in the glaze. During the Qing dynasty, porcelain vases were also glazed in pink, purple, yellow, green, and black.


Quick Facts

  • At first, during the Song and Yuan dynasties, blue was the only color that was able to survive the high heat required to fire a porcelain vase
  • The cong style vase, with it’s rectangular shape, originated in Neolithic China. First crafted from jade, this was traditionally a ritual vessel
  • Cinnabar porcelain vases are created not from a glaze but rather from a ground red mercury sulphide mixed with lacquer, a natural form of resin

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Chinese Porcelain Decorative Vase
Jul 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Chinese Porcelain Decorative Vase
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$73 Bids
A pair of Chinese blue and white gu-form porcelain vases
Jul 16, 10:00 AM PDT
A pair of Chinese blue and white gu-form porcelain vases
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $200- $400
$1002 Bids
Large Chinese Cobalt Blue Porcelain Meiping Vase With Fish Decal
Jul 20, 12:00 PM EDT
Large Chinese Cobalt Blue Porcelain Meiping Vase With Fish Decal
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $400- $800
$602 Bids
A PAIR OF 19TH CENTURY CHINESE CANTON FAMILLE ROSE VASES Qing. 20 cm high.
Jul 17, 10:30 AM BST
A PAIR OF 19TH CENTURY CHINESE CANTON FAMILLE ROSE VASES Qing. 20 cm high.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £50- £75
£42 Bids
Antique Chinese Porcelain Vase 17"H
Jul 14, 1:00 PM EDT
Antique Chinese Porcelain Vase 17"H
by Four Seasons Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $250
$352 Bids
A 16TH/17TH CENTURY CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN VASE Ming/Qing. 19 cm x 15 cm.
Jul 17, 10:30 AM BST
A 16TH/17TH CENTURY CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN VASE Ming/Qing. 19 cm x 15 cm.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £40- £60
£82 Bids
(2) Chinese porcelain vases
Jul 17, 10:00 AM EDT
(2) Chinese porcelain vases
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $200- $300
$1002 Bids
Large Chinese blue, red & white porcelain bottle vase
Jul 22, 12:00 PM PDT
Large Chinese blue, red & white porcelain bottle vase
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$352 Bids
2 Fine Antique Chinese Dragon Porcelain Vases
Jul 14, 1:00 PM EDT
2 Fine Antique Chinese Dragon Porcelain Vases
by Four Seasons Auction Gallery
Est: $250- $350
$301 Bid
A Chinese flambe-glazed vase, 19th century
Jul 25, 9:00 AM EDT
A Chinese flambe-glazed vase, 19th century
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$1001 Bid
A pair of Chinese famille rose 'figural' vases, Republic period
Jul 25, 9:00 AM EDT
A pair of Chinese famille rose 'figural' vases, Republic period
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$1001 Bid
A Chinese dark-ground famille rose 'flower' vase, 19th century
Jul 25, 9:00 AM EDT
A Chinese dark-ground famille rose 'flower' vase, 19th century
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$1001 Bid
Antique Chinese Porcelain Bulbous Dragon Vase
Jul 16, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Chinese Porcelain Bulbous Dragon Vase
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
CHINESE ENAMEL PORCELAIN BALUSTER VASE
Jul 21, 10:30 AM EDT
CHINESE ENAMEL PORCELAIN BALUSTER VASE
by Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $500- $700
$3001 Bid
A PEKING GLASS PAINTED ENAMEL PORCELAIN VASE DESIGNED WITH FLOWERS AND BIRDS.C603.
Jul 19, 11:00 AM EDT
A PEKING GLASS PAINTED ENAMEL PORCELAIN VASE DESIGNED WITH FLOWERS AND BIRDS.C603.
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $2,500- $4,000
$7501 Bid
Paar Vasen / A pair of vases, China, 19.-20. Jh.
Jul 13, 9:00 AM CEST
Paar Vasen / A pair of vases, China, 19.-20. Jh.
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €120- €240
€1201 Bid
A miniature Chinese DouCai vase, YongZheng Pr.
Jul 20, 3:00 PM EEST
A miniature Chinese DouCai vase, YongZheng Pr.
by Antonia Art Auction
Est: €600- €1,200
€1501 Bid
A Chinese famille rose ‘figural’ lantern vase, late 19th century
Jul 27, 9:00 AM EDT
A Chinese famille rose ‘figural’ lantern vase, late 19th century
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$1001 Bid
Large Antique Chinese Famille Rose Vase
Jul 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Large Antique Chinese Famille Rose Vase
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $20- $15,000
$201 Bid
Signed Large Chinese Famille Rose Square Form Vase
Jul 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Signed Large Chinese Famille Rose Square Form Vase
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $20- $15,000
$201 Bid
CHINESE PORCELAIN AND CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL VASE
Jul 31, 9:00 AM CDT
CHINESE PORCELAIN AND CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL VASE
by Jackson's International
Est: $200- $400
$1601 Bid
A Chinese yellow glazed porcelain vase, signed to the base. H 44cm, W 18cm
Jul 21, 12:00 PM AEST
A Chinese yellow glazed porcelain vase, signed to the base. H 44cm, W 18cm
by Christian McCann Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD801 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Porcelain Vases


Jade Auction House

Jade Auction House

Walnut Tree Auction House, Inc

Walnut Tree Auction House, Inc

William's Auctions, LLC

William's Auctions, LLC

Oakridge Auction Gallery

Oakridge Auction Gallery