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Glass Vases

From Art Deco to Waterford crystal, the field of antique and vintage glass vases is incredibly diverse. The glass vase has been present for centuries, but it is arguably the most recent eras that have produced the form's most compelling designs.

The vase emerged in the earliest days of human culture with purely functional connotations, but as time progressed vases became increasingly nuanced. In addition to new decorative motifs and shapes specialized for different purposes, artisans also explore the medium of glass as they contemplated the bounds of function and aesthetics.

It is the aesthetic aspect that has been most explored in recent centuries. The greatest producers of the 19th and 20th centuries, from Daum and Gallé to American Brilliant cut glass, celebrated the versatility of the medium in creating a rich range of styles, sizes, and motifs that will continue invigorate glassmakers for generations to come.


Quick Facts

  • The earliest recorded fragments of glass vases date to around the 16th century B.C.
  • A Lalique glass vase sold for a record price of $56,673 in 2010. Called the "Serpent" vase for the snake that winds around the vase's body, this treasure measured 10.25 inches and was in exceptional condition
  • The "Aalto Vase," or "Savoy Vase," is one of the most iconic vases of the early 20th century. Designed by husband and wife team Alvar Aalto and Aino Marsio, the famed vessel that features a wavy design with three flutes, debuted as part of a design line for the Finnish Savoy Restaurant in 1937

Recommended Items at Auction

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Signed Galle Green Cameo Glass Vase
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Signed Galle Green Cameo Glass Vase
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$2617 Bids
Emile Galle Glass Vase with Silver Plate Base
May 05, 12:00 PM EDT
Emile Galle Glass Vase with Silver Plate Base
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,00011 Bids
Kelsey Murphy Pilgrim Glass Floral Cameo Vase
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Kelsey Murphy Pilgrim Glass Floral Cameo Vase
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$279 Bids
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2X ART GLASS VASES
Apr 26, 9:00 AM AEST
2X ART GLASS VASES
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD355 Bids
Attributed to Robert Held, tallest: 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm.)
May 01, 9:00 AM PDT
Attributed to Robert Held, tallest: 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm.)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $150- $200
$1405 Bids
Pair of Uranium Vaseline Glass Jack in the Pulpit vases. 19.5cm x 13cm x 9cm (2)
Apr 23, 10:00 AM BST
Pair of Uranium Vaseline Glass Jack in the Pulpit vases. 19.5cm x 13cm x 9cm (2)
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £50- £75
£405 Bids
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Vintage Hobnail Pink Glass Vase
Apr 23, 2:00 PM EDT
Vintage Hobnail Pink Glass Vase
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$404 Bids
Große Stangenvase mit Hortensiendekor
Apr 27, 10:30 AM CEST
Große Stangenvase mit Hortensiendekor
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €360- €720
€4504 Bids
Kelsey Murphy Peacock Feather Pilgrim Glass Vase
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Kelsey Murphy Peacock Feather Pilgrim Glass Vase
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$484 Bids
Two Robert Held iridescent hand blown art glass vases, signed. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.) h.
May 01, 9:00 AM PDT
Two Robert Held iridescent hand blown art glass vases, signed. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.) h.
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $100- $150
$1004 Bids
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PAIR OF VICTORIAN VASELINE / OPALINE URANIUM GLASS VASES
Apr 26, 9:00 AM AEST
PAIR OF VICTORIAN VASELINE / OPALINE URANIUM GLASS VASES
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD404 Bids
Hand Blown Art Bubble Glass Vase
Apr 27, 10:00 AM MST
Hand Blown Art Bubble Glass Vase
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
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DECORATED GLASS VASE Late 19th/Early 20th Century Height 12.5".
Apr 25, 9:30 AM EDT
DECORATED GLASS VASE Late 19th/Early 20th Century Height 12.5".
by Eldred's
Est: $80- $120
$503 Bids
Austrian Enameled and Jeweled Glass Covered Vase
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Austrian Enameled and Jeweled Glass Covered Vase
by Neue Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1503 Bids
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SIGNED STEPHEN MORRIS AUSTRALIAN STUDIO ART GLASS OIL BURNER & UNSIGNED ART GLASS BALL VASE
Apr 26, 9:00 AM AEST
SIGNED STEPHEN MORRIS AUSTRALIAN STUDIO ART GLASS OIL BURNER & UNSIGNED ART GLASS BALL VASE
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD253 Bids
Mt Washington Burmese Swirl Glass Vase
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Mt Washington Burmese Swirl Glass Vase
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$273 Bids
Webb Glass Burmese Decorated Vase
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Webb Glass Burmese Decorated Vase
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$263 Bids
Galle French cameo glass vase
May 08, 10:00 AM CDT
Galle French cameo glass vase
by Jaremos
Est: $600- $900
$2502 Bids
Barry Sautner cameo glass vase
May 08, 10:00 AM CDT
Barry Sautner cameo glass vase
by Jaremos
Est: $500- $1,000
$1002 Bids
Blue Opalescent Twig Vase, 7 in. (17.8 cm.)
Apr 28, 4:00 PM CDT
Blue Opalescent Twig Vase, 7 in. (17.8 cm.)
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Glass Vases


Jaremos

Jaremos

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Hotel des ventes de Lausanne

Hotel des ventes de Lausanne

Maynards Fine Art & Antiques

Maynards Fine Art & Antiques