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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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A John Walsh Walsh Pearlescent Glass Bowl c1900

A John Walsh Walsh Pearlescent Glass Bowl c1900

A beautiful John Walsh Walsh pearlescent Venetian glass bowl from c1900. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£70.00

A John Walsh Walsh Opaline Brocade Vase c1900

A John Walsh Walsh Opaline Brocade Vase c1900

A beautiful John Walsh Walsh opaline brocade vase from c1900. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£130.00

Victorian Threaded Glass Cornucopia - c1895

Victorian Threaded Glass Cornucopia - c1895

A beautiful Victorian threaded shell vase on four feet from c1900. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£35.00

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. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£2,500.00

A Signed Louis Comfort Tiffany Favrile Tumbler c1900

A Signed Louis Comfort Tiffany Favrile Tumbler c1900

A signed Louis Comfort Tiffany Favrile Tumbler made in New York c1900. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£235.00

A Pair Baccarat Opaline Floral Vases c1860

A Pair Baccarat Opaline Floral Vases c1860

Morning glory vines, baccarat moulded opaline glass vases

£2,750.00

A Pair of Loetz Carneol Glass Bottle Vases c1900

A Pair of Loetz Carneol Glass Bottle Vases c1900

A pair of Loetz Carneol glass bottle vases from c1900. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£120.00

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

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

Investment grade decorative vases are the ideal antique for home decor. This Galle vase is an excellent example of the genre

£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

A Pair of Daum Nancy Actinidia Satin Finish Enamelled Vases c1895

A Pair of Daum Nancy Actinidia Satin Finish Enamelled Vases c1895

The botanical depictions designed by Bergé are to glass what Hans Sloane is to Chelsea porcelain. In this case Actinidia is depicted. Bergé was a contemporary of Jules Barbe the highly regarded painter and decorator at Thomas Webb. His designs are bolder

£1,975.00

Cut Crystal Campana Vase With Ormolu Foot c1900

Cut Crystal Campana Vase With Ormolu Foot c1900

The pineapple cutting and high quality ormolu is consistent wuth this. However, even a casual study similar pieces made from 1800 to 1830 will show thet the ormolu bases were for the most part less elaborate, indeed plain. The lions paw feet with acanthus

£650.00

A Pair of Loetz Silver Overlay Rubin Glass Vases c1898

A Pair of Loetz Silver Overlay Rubin Glass Vases c1898

A stunning pair of Loetz Rubin silver overlay glass vases as good as any to be found. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£2,250.00

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

£475.00

Riedel Glass Vase With Applied Beads c 1900

Riedel Glass Vase With Applied Beads c 1900

A stunning Riedel glass vase with applied beads from c 1898. Available at Scottish antiques online store.

£590.00

Tall Galle Poppy Vase c1900

Tall Galle Poppy Vase c1900

This attractive signed Galle poppy 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.

£975.00

Rare Kralik kaleidoscope Oilspot Vase c1900 - Was £180

Rare Kralik kaleidoscope Oilspot Vase c1900 - Was £180

A stunning Kralik glass thorned vase from c1930. Blue and purple fkaleidoscope over amn oilspot ground. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£138.00

Aesthetic Period Harrach Cased Oxblood Dragon Vase  c1880

Aesthetic Period Harrach Cased Oxblood Dragon Vase c1880

An Aesthetic period glass vase. Made by Harrach in an oxblood ground with gilded dragons

£165.00

Rare Loetz Onyx Glass Complete Garniture 1887-8 - Was £795

Rare Loetz Onyx Glass Complete Garniture 1887-8 - Was £795

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

£620.00

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

£120.00

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.

£230.00

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

£380.00

Daum Nancy Dahlias Three Colour Cameo Vase c1900 Was £975

Daum Nancy Dahlias Three Colour Cameo Vase c1900 Was £975

A superb intercalary decorated base layer with two further acid cut back cameo layers. Incredible skill and craftsmanship in one vase.

£875.00

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 Was £55

A Thomas Webb Quilted Satin Glass Vase c1885 Was £55

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.

£37.00

Large Thomas Webb Quilted Satin Glass Vase c1885

Large Thomas Webb Quilted Satin Glass Vase c1885

An antique quilted blue satin glass vase made by Thomas Webb in Stourbridge in the late 1900's

£140.00

Signed Galle Solifleur Cameo Glass Vase c1900

Signed Galle Solifleur Cameo Glass Vase c1900

Acid cut back cameo with wheel engraved detail. Signed Galle in relief

£775.00

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.

£180.00

Galle Three Colour Cameo Cherry Blossom Vase c1900

Galle Three Colour Cameo Cherry Blossom Vase c1900

Many would argue that Emile Galle was the greatest glass artist of all time. We cannot dispute this

£1,250.00

Galle Three Colour Cameo Solifleur Vase c1900

Galle Three Colour Cameo Solifleur Vase c1900

Cameo glass for collectors and investors

£690.00

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