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Decorative Vases

Decorative vases were amongst the finest expressions of Victorian glass artists skill. They were able to indulge their more extravagant fashions and foibles, producing pieces which perhaps more than any other type would be appreciated for form over function. As the 19th century wore on, so the defiance of convention became more of an artistic virtue than ever before, and there are some spectacularly uninhibited, freeform vases to be found.


There was, and probably always will be, a place for traditional cut-glass urns and tulip-shaped vases with their classical ogee profiles and symmetry, but once the Regency period had reached its close, there was an explosion of far more experimental vase shapes. The materials used also became far more diverse, with opaline vases, milk glass, uranium glass and satin glass all enjoying spells under the spotlight. It was the advent of the Art Nouveau ethos, though, which prompted the biggest outbreak of vase-making creativity.


The latter decades of the century saw aventurine and mica ‘stoneware’ vases, marbled glass, kaleidoscopic oil-spot vases and opalescent or iridescent finishes. Shapes became entirely free-form – flaring, crimped rims to approximate the appearance of fabrics, made with materials that looked and felt like the sheerest of silks contrasted with more substantial, quilted finishes. And then there were the sculpted vases, made in the form of flowers or shells, and coloured accordingly.


Where a more ‘restrained’ shape was called for, the decoration would come to the fore, most notably with the many cameo-glass vases which were produced. These easily recognisable pieces with their complicated imagery created in relief from contrasting coloured layers were to prove hugely popular during the fin de siècle and on in to the 20th century.


Perhaps even more ‘of an age’ were the cut-to-clear and flashed Bohemian and French vases, with a nod to the form and substance of earlier pieces but often in cranberry or ruby glass – less commonly in blue - which places them firmly in the late Victorian period.


As you can see from just this brief summary, there are an almost infinite variety of Victorian decorative vases to appreciate – you’re sure to be able to find something which really appeals and which, of course, will serve a purpose as well now as it would have done over 120 years ago when newly-made.


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John Walsh Opaline Broacde Pedestal Bowl c1900

John Walsh Opaline Broacde Pedestal Bowl c1900

This is the the most visually pleasing Walsh opaline vase that we have seen

£225.00

A Stevens and Williams Vase c1905

A Stevens and Williams Vase c1905

Although unsigned by both maker and cutter the quality of the design is indisputably that of Stevens and Williams whilst the standard of cutting suggests the talents of Joshua Hodgetts.

£425.00

Pair Richardson Opaline Vases Decorated With Scattered Flowers c1860

Pair Richardson Opaline Vases Decorated With Scattered Flowers c1860

The fashion for opal glass decorated with flowers began in France and Belgium. This was soon adopted by Richardson , Webb and others from the mid 1840s. Earlier examles are more intensely decorated. These are a little later and the decoration of scattered

£325.00

A Pair of Webb Quilted Satin Vases c1895

A Pair of Webb Quilted Satin Vases c1895

A beautiful pair of Thomas Webb Victorian quilted satin vases from c1895 in excellent condition. For more art glass including Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Victorian examples please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£225.00

A John Walsh Walsh Pearlescent Glass Bowl c1900

A John Walsh Walsh Pearlescent Glass Bowl c1900

A beautiful Victorian John Walsh Walsh pearlescent Venetian glass bowl from c1900. For more Victorian and Georgian antique glassware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£70.00

A Pair of Baccarat Opaline Flower Vases  c1850

A Pair of Baccarat Opaline Flower Vases c1850

A wonderful pair of Baccarat Opaline flower vases from c1850. For more Georgian, Victorian, and art glass please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£1,375.00

A Pair of Loetz Carneol Glass Bottle Vases c1900 Was £120

A Pair of Loetz Carneol Glass Bottle Vases c1900 Was £120

A pair of 19th or early 20th century Loetz Carneol glass bottle vases from c1900. For more Georgian, Victorian, and art glass please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£90.00

A Tall Galle Three Colour Cameo Vase With Poppies in Bud c1900

A Tall Galle Three Colour Cameo Vase With Poppies in Bud c1900

A Galle vase with cameo poppies from c1900 in excellent condition. For more French art glass including Lalique, Daum, and Legras please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£975.00

Galle Carved Verre Double Footed Vase Sycamore c1895

Galle Carved Verre Double Footed Vase Sycamore c1895

A carved Galle vase. This had been wheel engraved both internally and externally. The sycamore leaves are in high relief. The sycamore seeds are engraved internally and stained. The artistry and skill required to execute this was quite extraordinary. Deco

£775.00

Tall Legras Vase Enamelled With Irises c1898

Tall Legras Vase Enamelled With Irises c1898

A vase of identical height with the same optical moulding and gilding but enamelled with cyclamens is inlcuded within the 1898 Legras catalogue and described as a "Vase Lamartine" perhaps named after the French romantic poet. Irises were a favou

£340.00

Tall Galle Flowering Maple Abuliton Vase c1900

Tall Galle Flowering Maple Abuliton Vase c1900

This attractive signed Galle maple, abuliton vase can be seen in finer detail on our scottishantiques online store alongside other excellent antique Galle and a wide selection of antique art vases.

£725.00

Rare Loetz Onyx Glass Complete Garniture 1887-8

Rare Loetz Onyx Glass Complete Garniture 1887-8

An early Loetz glass Onyx Garniture from 1887-8. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£425.00

Pallme Konig Diana Oil Spot Glass vase c1900

Pallme Konig Diana Oil Spot Glass vase c1900

A Pallme Konig Diana oil spot glass vase from c1900

£75.00

An Early Loetz Jungendstil Glass Vase c1900 Pattern DEK IV/783 PN 11/242

An Early Loetz Jungendstil Glass Vase c1900 Pattern DEK IV/783 PN 11/242

A early Loetz Jungendstil Glass green gilded vase pattern DEK IV/783, PN 11/242 from c1900. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£170.00

Pair Signed Moser Rainbow Glass Solifleur Vases c1890

Pair Signed Moser Rainbow Glass Solifleur Vases c1890

Pair of Signed Moser rainbow glass solifleur bud vases

£265.00

Canary Yellow Satin Glass Vase by Thomas Webb c1895

Canary Yellow Satin Glass Vase by Thomas Webb c1895

A very pretty canary yellow satin glass vase by Thomas Webb c1895. You will find other fine examples of Victorian glass vases by Thomas Webb on our antique store at Scottish Antiques.

£58.00

A Thomas Webb Quilted Satin Glass Vase c1885

A Thomas Webb Quilted Satin Glass Vase c1885

An eye catching Thomas Webb quilted satin vase which you can find on our Scottish Antiques online store, where we have a number of other interesting Victorian vases.

£45.00

A Pair of Thomas Webb Cadmium Yellow Engraved Glass Vases c.1900

A Pair of Thomas Webb Cadmium Yellow Engraved Glass Vases c.1900

Cadmium is one of a number of rare earth metals used to coilour glass. Moser were the greatest exponents of this using neodymium, selenium and other exotics to impart colour.

£145.00

Galle Three Colour Cameo Solifleur Vase c1900

Galle Three Colour Cameo Solifleur Vase c1900

Cameo glass for collectors and investors

£625.00

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