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Glass Bowls

From etched to glazed and from circular to quatrefoil, antique glass bowls reflect both the evolution and the immense amount of innovation in the field of glassmaking over the course of history. The glass bowl has been in use for millennia, reinforcing its role as a central antique collectible.

The glass bowl was developed shortly after the discovery of glass itself, which occurred around the 16th century B.C. among the cultures of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. As the versatility and brilliance of the medium was realized, glass was used in an increasing range of applications, including the creation of bowls.

Earliest glass bowls were relatively rudimentary. As skill advanced, however, over subsequent generations, the glass bowl became increasingly elaborate. From "brilliant" cut glass forms of the late 1800s to the lustrous finishes of pieces by L.C Tiffany and Loetz, the glass bowl became equally an art object as a functional form.


Quick Facts

  • One of famed American author F. Scott Fitzgerald's short stories was titled "The Cut-Glass Bowl," originally published in the early 1920s
  • A vessel in Qinhuangdao, China currently holds the world record for the largest glass bowl. Created in 2013, it bears a diameter of approximately 40 inches and a height of over 35 inches
  • One of the highest sales prices for a glass bowl goes to a Roman vessel from the 1st century A.D. Less than 4 inches in diameter, this bowl sold at Christie's New York for $75,000 in 2015

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Pyrex Gooseberry Cinderella mixing bowl set
May 06, 9:00 AM EDT
Pyrex Gooseberry Cinderella mixing bowl set
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $10- $1,000
$806 Bids
Pyrex Amish Butter Print mixing bowl set
May 06, 9:00 AM EDT
Pyrex Amish Butter Print mixing bowl set
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $10- $1,000
$906 Bids
Various Pyrex Dishes
May 06, 9:00 AM EDT
Various Pyrex Dishes
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $10- $1,000
$305 Bids
4 pc Early American Pyrex Nesting Bowls NIB
May 06, 9:00 AM EDT
4 pc Early American Pyrex Nesting Bowls NIB
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $10- $1,000
$503 Bids
Pyrex Primary Colors Mixing Bowl Set
May 06, 9:00 AM EDT
Pyrex Primary Colors Mixing Bowl Set
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $10- $1,000
$352 Bids
Art Déco-Schale mit Dahlienblütendekor von Etling
Apr 27, 10:30 AM CEST
Art Déco-Schale mit Dahlienblütendekor von Etling
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €120- €240
€1201 Bid
GREEN PIONEER CRIMPED FRUIT BOWL BY FEDERAL GLASS
Apr 20, 11:00 AM CDT
GREEN PIONEER CRIMPED FRUIT BOWL BY FEDERAL GLASS
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $15- $25
$31 Bid
Red Art Deco Candy Dish
Apr 20, 7:00 AM PDT
Red Art Deco Candy Dish
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
An artist signed art glass bowl
Apr 22, 12:00 PM PDT
An artist signed art glass bowl
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $30- $80
$101 Bid
VINTAGE PYREX REFRIGERATOR SET OF DISHES WITH LIDS
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
VINTAGE PYREX REFRIGERATOR SET OF DISHES WITH LIDS
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Thomas Glenn Art Glass Fish Bowl
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Thomas Glenn Art Glass Fish Bowl
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $60- $200
$251 Bid
Leon Applebaum Art Glass bowl
May 08, 10:00 AM CDT
Leon Applebaum Art Glass bowl
by Jaremos
Est: $300- $600
$1001 Bid
Assorted Pressed Glass Bowls, Trays
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
Assorted Pressed Glass Bowls, Trays
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Assorted Glassware Bowls, Ashtrays
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
Assorted Glassware Bowls, Ashtrays
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
A fused glass rounded rectangular dish, 11 x 9 1/4 in. (27.9 x 23.5 cm.)
May 01, 9:00 AM PDT
A fused glass rounded rectangular dish, 11 x 9 1/4 in. (27.9 x 23.5 cm.)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $100- $150
$701 Bid
Große Jugendstil Obstschale / A large Art Nouveau fruit bowl, WMF, Geislingen, um 1910
Apr 20, 9:00 AM CEST
Große Jugendstil Obstschale / A large Art Nouveau fruit bowl, WMF, Geislingen, um 1910
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €120- €240
€1201 Bid
An Oiva Toikka style divided platter with fitted bowl, 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm.) d., 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm.) d.
May 01, 9:00 AM PDT
An Oiva Toikka style divided platter with fitted bowl, 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm.) d., 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm.) d.
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $70- $90
$401 Bid
Elegant GALLE Carved Cameo Butterfly Art Glass Large Centerpiece
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Elegant GALLE Carved Cameo Butterfly Art Glass Large Centerpiece
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$61 Bid
vtg papermache fruit & veg & glass center bowl 10"
Apr 21, 6:30 PM EDT
vtg papermache fruit & veg & glass center bowl 10"
by A KLEINS AUCTION GALLERY LLC
Est: $30- $150
$101 Bid
Green Opalescent Coin Spot Bride's Bowl, 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm.)
Apr 28, 4:00 PM CDT
Green Opalescent Coin Spot Bride's Bowl, 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm.)
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$201 Bid
Large Blue Art Glass Footed Bowl
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Large Blue Art Glass Footed Bowl
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Glass Bowls


Jaremos

Jaremos

Maynards Fine Art & Antiques

Maynards Fine Art & Antiques

Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn