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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

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Ornate Floral Porcelain Urn With Bronze Cherubs & Detailed Metalwork
Jul 25, 12:00 PM EDT
Ornate Floral Porcelain Urn With Bronze Cherubs & Detailed Metalwork
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2816 Bids
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Ornate Floral Porcelain Vase With Bronze Accents & Cherub Figures
Jul 25, 12:00 PM EDT
Ornate Floral Porcelain Vase With Bronze Accents & Cherub Figures
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2916 Bids
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Antique Hand-Painted Porcelain Vase With Unique Bronze Cherub Handles
Jul 25, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Hand-Painted Porcelain Vase With Unique Bronze Cherub Handles
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2010 Bids
Grubby Pottery Vase
Jul 24, 9:00 AM EDT
Grubby Pottery Vase
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
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A Pair of Regal Mashman brown drip glaze navette shaped double handled vases (L: 29 cm)
Jul 25, 1:00 PM AEST
A Pair of Regal Mashman brown drip glaze navette shaped double handled vases (L: 29 cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD200
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DAVID OSWALD PINK CRYSTALLINE GLAZE VASE WITH THE OC MARK TO BASE
Jul 25, 9:00 AM AEST
DAVID OSWALD PINK CRYSTALLINE GLAZE VASE WITH THE OC MARK TO BASE
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD355 Bids
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Jul 23, 6:00 PM AEST
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by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD50- AUD100
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RARE French Art Deco Marcel Guillard Ceramic Vase With Male and Female Motif 1930s Signed
Jul 28, 8:00 PM CEST
RARE French Art Deco Marcel Guillard Ceramic Vase With Male and Female Motif 1930s Signed
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Est: $0- $0
$1254 Bids
Brother Thomas Bezanson, Vase
Jul 30, 11:00 AM CDT
Brother Thomas Bezanson, Vase
by Wright
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$1504 Bids
Iris Relief Vase With Iron Stand
Jul 27, 10:00 AM MST
Iris Relief Vase With Iron Stand
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
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BROWN DRIP GLAZE VASE BY CARL MCCONNELL WITH EXHIBITION MARK TO BASE
Jul 25, 9:00 AM AEST
BROWN DRIP GLAZE VASE BY CARL MCCONNELL WITH EXHIBITION MARK TO BASE
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
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Very Tall Extravagant Czechoslovakian Mid Century - 1970s Vase
Jul 28, 8:00 PM CEST
Very Tall Extravagant Czechoslovakian Mid Century - 1970s Vase
by Deco Days Gone By
Est: $0- $0
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Highly Stylized French Art Deco PAIR of Matching Ceramic Vases
Jul 28, 8:00 PM CEST
Highly Stylized French Art Deco PAIR of Matching Ceramic Vases
by Deco Days Gone By
Est: $0- $0
$2502 Bids
Rare Pierre Devasen French Art Deco Vase - Signed w/ Molded Floral Motif
Jul 28, 8:00 PM CEST
Rare Pierre Devasen French Art Deco Vase - Signed w/ Molded Floral Motif
by Deco Days Gone By
Est: $0- $0
$4502 Bids
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Jul 27, 10:00 AM MST
5ft French Influenced Gilded Porcelain Floor Vase
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$502 Bids
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(3) Artist Signed Black Pottery Vases, Bowls
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Est: $0- $0
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Owens Pottery
Jul 24, 9:00 AM EDT
Owens Pottery
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
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Jul 24, 9:00 AM EDT
Glazed Pottery Vase 12” x 4.5”
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
(2pc) Artist Signed Blackware Pottery Wedding Vase
Jul 27, 10:00 AM MST
(2pc) Artist Signed Blackware Pottery Wedding Vase
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
(2pc) Blackware Pottery Vase, Wedding Vase
Jul 27, 10:00 AM MST
(2pc) Blackware Pottery Vase, Wedding Vase
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
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LOT OF ITALIAN GILT AND ENAMELLED VASES AND ASHTRAY
Jul 25, 9:00 AM AEST
LOT OF ITALIAN GILT AND ENAMELLED VASES AND ASHTRAY
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD152 Bids
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LOT OF AUST. POTTERY INC. ECHIDNA AND PLATYPUS VASE
Jul 25, 9:00 AM AEST
LOT OF AUST. POTTERY INC. ECHIDNA AND PLATYPUS VASE
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD152 Bids

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