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Crystal Vases

Considered by many the pinnacle of glassmaking perfection, crystal vase pieces are guaranteed to catch everyone's eye. Crystal vases add a glint of glamour with their remarkable refraction of light, a characteristic quality that distinguishes it from its regular glass counterparts.

Vases themselves date back to the earliest days of glassblowing, which facilitated the creation of vessels for storage and display. As tastes for glassware grew and patrons increased in wealth, crystal became the medium of choice for vases, as it allowed for both a clarity that surpassed glass and a weight that reduced the likelihood it would tip easily.

Crystal vases also dazzled the eye with their substantial sparkle, with the refraction of the glass along its faceted edges resulting in pieces that seemed to shine. These aspects that initially captivated human culture in the early days of crystal pieces continue to compel collectors today.


Quick Facts

  • If you're unsure whether your piece is glass or crystal, then listen closely: a flick to the side of the vessel that results in a resonant note rather than a dull thud suggests your piece is crystal
  • Leaded crystal glass typically contains around 30% lead oxide. Some of the most elite producers, including Waterford, boast 33% content while others can include as low as 24% lead oxide to just make the cut for the lead crystal category. Less than 24% lead oxide means that the glass is simply crystal
  • A pair of early 19th century mounted crystal vases currently hold a record as some of the most expensive such vessels to appear at auction. Featured at a Sotheby's London sale in 2000, the 40 inch high vases sold for $100,144

Recommended Items at Auction

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STUART CRYSTAL VASE WITH FROG
May 30, 9:00 AM AEST
STUART CRYSTAL VASE WITH FROG
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD305 Bids
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3X CRYSTAL VASES
May 30, 9:00 AM AEST
3X CRYSTAL VASES
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD202 Bids
Large green crystal vase, "Formose", Val Saint Lambert, Belgium, 1947
Jun 02, 6:00 PM PDT
Large green crystal vase, "Formose", Val Saint Lambert, Belgium, 1947
by 4th Meridian Fine Art
Est: $250- $300
$1001 Bid
CRYSTAL VASE & CANDLE HOLDERS
May 30, 4:00 PM CDT
CRYSTAL VASE & CANDLE HOLDERS
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
A large Stuart lead crystal trumpet shaped vase, H: 28.5cm x 14.5cm
Jun 09, 7:00 PM AEST
A large Stuart lead crystal trumpet shaped vase, H: 28.5cm x 14.5cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD150- AUD200
AUD151 Bid
A ROUND CRYSTAL VASE WITH ETCHING MARK CL = COPIER LEERDAM. H. 16 CM.
Jun 04, 6:30 PM CEST
A ROUND CRYSTAL VASE WITH ETCHING MARK CL = COPIER LEERDAM. H. 16 CM.
by Medusa Auctioneers
Est: €20- €40
€200 Bids
STUDIO CRISTAL VAL SAINT LAMBERT VASE, SIGNED STUDIO CRISTAL 141/1995.
Jun 04, 6:30 PM CEST
STUDIO CRISTAL VAL SAINT LAMBERT VASE, SIGNED STUDIO CRISTAL 141/1995.
by Medusa Auctioneers
Est: €100- €200
€1000 Bids
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Sasaki Crystal Handcrafted Vase, Lynx Black & White
Jun 04, 2:00 PM EDT
Sasaki Crystal Handcrafted Vase, Lynx Black & White
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
(3) CRISTAL DE SEVRES & COLORED CUT TO CLEAR GLASS VASES
Jun 07, 10:00 AM CDT
(3) CRISTAL DE SEVRES & COLORED CUT TO CLEAR GLASS VASES
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $80- $150
$600 Bids
Sevres Frosted Crystal Vase & Center Bowl, 2
Jun 18, 11:00 AM EDT
Sevres Frosted Crystal Vase & Center Bowl, 2
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
Large red crystal vase, "Septime", Val Saint Lambert, Belgium, 1947
Jun 02, 6:00 PM PDT
Large red crystal vase, "Septime", Val Saint Lambert, Belgium, 1947
by 4th Meridian Fine Art
Est: $250- $300
$1000 Bids
Four cut-crystal vases of various shapes and sizes
Jun 02, 11:30 AM AEST
Four cut-crystal vases of various shapes and sizes
by Because Auctions
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD200 Bids
French Black Forest carved lindenwood deer with crystal vase
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
French Black Forest carved lindenwood deer with crystal vase
by King Galleries
Est: $200- $250
$1000 Bids
Glass vase
May 30, 2:15 PM EDT
Glass vase
by OG Collections
Est: $600- $800
$1500 Bids
KRISTALLGLASVSE MIT OROPLASTISCHEM DEKOR.
Jun 13, 10:00 AM CEST
KRISTALLGLASVSE MIT OROPLASTISCHEM DEKOR.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€1400 Bids
A rock crystal vase
Jun 03, 12:00 PM PDT
A rock crystal vase
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $80- $150
$200 Bids
Crystal Beast-Finial Vase
Jun 08, 10:00 AM SGT
Crystal Beast-Finial Vase
by China Arts Auction
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,0000 Bids
VINTAGE GERMAN STERLING SILVER CRYSTAL GLASS VASE
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
VINTAGE GERMAN STERLING SILVER CRYSTAL GLASS VASE
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$100 Bids
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SÈVRES, VASE
Jun 06, 10:00 AM CEST
SÈVRES, VASE
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF200
CHF1000 Bids

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