Antique Vases: A Brief Guide & History
There is nothing quite as refreshing and uplifting as freshly cut flowers in your home. And what better way to display them than in fine-crafted antique vases? Designer vases from bygone eras do not necessarily have to be used to display bunches of flowers, either; they are beautiful in their own right and can ben used as stand-alone decorative pieces, displayed on a floating shelf or mantelpiece.
Antique vases are made from a wide range of materials, such as metal, ceramic, glass, and porcelain. You may even find antique wood vases that have been treated to prevent rot. There is a huge array of styles of designer vases, including Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Victorian, and Art Deco pieces.
A Brief History of Antique Vases
Throughout our time, art has depicted the evolution of our civilization, and vases, no matter what form they come in, are reflective of this. Originally designed to hold flowers in the home, the earliest vases can be traced back to Ancient Greece where the paintings on the vases depicted mythological stories. Over the years, the influences and designs of vases have evolved, rendering the crafted vessels an art form in their own right. Today, you can choose from traditionally shaped, fine-art pieces to modern vintage vases.
Popular Types of Antique Vases
Antique vases are available in a wide range of influences and styles. From Native American pottery vases to antique Oriental vases, and even intricately painted Italian vases dating back to the 17th and 18th century, the choices are broad. The variety of vase shapes range from bulbous specimens to streamlines glass pieces, and even those with decorative handles.
Antique glass designer vases make for an attractive display in the home, but can also be used to hold bouquets of flowers. Italian glass vases from the likes of Empoli and Murano are decorative and colorful. During the 16th and 17th centuries, Venetian glassmakers travelled to England and during that time Britain increased its production of vases. On the other end of the spectrum, Scandinavian antique glass varieties are much simpler, featuring just a few pops of color. During the 18th century, glass making grew in popularity in Sweden, where a large number of glass vases from this era were produced.
Antique Cloisonne Vases
An age-old technique, Cloisonne was used to paint metal objects with either glass, gemstones, or enamel. The technique was used on vases in post 14th century China and is still in use today, making for a wide variety of designer vases to choose from.
Antique Art Deco Vases
Art deco vases tend to be colorful, bold, and bright, making a vibrant addition to the home. These vases are usually made from glass or pottery. Art deco painted pottery vases usually depict Egyptian themes, whereas their glass counterparts are paler in comparison, usually sporting a pale green hue. Used to hold a simple bouquet of flowers, these vases look especially elegant in entryways or on side tables. Art deco vases tend to have zigzag lines and are geometric. They are recognizable for their narrow bases, which lead to a wider rim with a curved lip and straight lines.
Other Antique Vases
Other antique vases worth noting include Art Nouveau vases which usually boast applied foliage and floral decorations. These vases work well as pieces of art displayed on a shelf. Their designs are intricate and they are predominantly made from glass or metal, but can also be made from pottery. They are routinely embellished with vine and leaf designs.
Antique urns are a popular collector’s item, too. These antique vases have a lid so things may be stored in them, and they are usually raised on a platform and include side handles. Sheurich vases were made in West Germany out of pottery and are often painted in bright colors.
Tips for Buying Antique & Designer Vases
If you are new to antique vases, start with something simple, like a bud vase, which will hold a single stemmed flower. The most common shapes are narrow cylinders, but you can find teardrops, circles, and squares, too. Try to keep the vase proportional to the flowers you plan to put in it. Large decorative vases will dwarf plain flower arrangements, whereas large, elegant, antique vases will display heavier bouquets with ease. If you want your designer vase to be a focal point, an antique vase with a unique pattern or shape will shine on its own when paired with neutral décor. If you like displaying seasonal floral arrangements during the holidays, such as poinsettias during the holidays, a thin, glass vase will add a sophisticated touch. Similarly, crystal vases will look stylish on a dining room table when filled with harvest-themed bouquets.
Shop for Antique Vases at DECASO
If you are on the hunt for a beautiful designer vase to complement your décor and show off your floral arrangements, take a look at DECASO’s online showroom. Our pieces are sourced from around the globe and we are sure we have the antique vase for your taste and home. If you cannot find what you are looking for, contact any of our sellers and they will help you find the ideal item.