Archive for the ‘vase/vessel’ Category

Early Delft vase, c.1680

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

I believe this Dutch or German Delft vase to be the earliest piece in my collection. It is made of tin-glazed earthenware and decorated with a blue & white Chinese motif, as were most European ceramic pieces dating from the 17th and 18th centuries

Time has not been kind to this very heavy vase, which stands 10-1/2″ tall, but it must have been cherished by its owners over the past 330 years or so. It has survived the loss of its original base and bears the battle scars of large chips and cracks, restored many years after it was first made

It now stands on a wobbly, cracked wooden base, painted blue and white to match the body of the vase. Unfortunately, the painted surface has become unstable, flaking each time the vase is touched

Cranberry glass trumpet vase, c.1890

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

There’s not much I know about this little gem of a free-blown glass vase, which measures 5-3/4″ high. It has become a favorite of mine, due to its delicate form and beautiful cranberry color. A turned wood base replaces the long-gone glass base.

This clear glass trumpet vase shows what the original glass base on my vase might have looked like.

Photo courtesy of Skinner

Edwardian pressed glass vase, c.1910

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Those who could not afford to purchase hand cut glass items bought less expensive substitutes made of pressed glass.

This 10-1/2″ tall vase has a home made replaced base made from cement and painted gold to add a touch of “elegance”.

Here is the same vase with its original pressed glass base.

Photo courtesy of eBay

Bohemian glass vase, c.1910

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

An Edwardian era vase made of ruby color flashed glass, originally a larger vase, now stands just 5-1/4″ high.

The original glass base was replaced with a painted paper homemade base weighted with plaster.

This is what the intact vase might have looked like, before it dropped.

Photo courtesy of Southern Antique Centre

Once a tobacco pipe…now a vase, c.1880

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

When this German porcelain woman’s pipe with applied flowers broke, the bowl was mounted on to a simple wood base, transforming it in to a 5-3/4″ tall vase.

This Austrian hand painted ceramic pipe is shown with its original wood stem.

Photo courtesy of Tobacco Collection

Chinese export miniatures, c.1690

Friday, March 12th, 2010

A pair of Chinese export porcelain dollhouse miniatures with blue underglaze decoration from the Kangxi period (1662-1722) with Dutch hallmarked silver mounts from the mid-1800’s.

Once the neck broke off this vase, it became a ewer, standing 2″ high with its replacement handle and spout.

A tiny Dutch hallmark in the shape of a sword can be seen on the bottom of the replaced silver neck. Between the years 1814 and 1905, sword marks were used on pieces too small to accommodate full hallmarks.

The remains of the broken porcelain vase’s neck are obscured by the silver replacement top but can still be seen looking down through the opening.

The other broken vase became a bottle, standing a mere 1″ high.

The broken top was masked by the addition of a beautifully engraved silver cap, with scalloped edge and stippled decoration.

Miniatures such as these were displayed in doll houses owned by wealthy individuals and were not intended to be played with by children.

This is what the miniatures looked like before they became damaged and their appearances altered.

Photo courtesy of China de Commande

Etched glass celery vase, c.1885

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Every fashionable American household in mid to late 19th century had an Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG) celery vase in use on their dining table. It was the perfect vessel to keep celery and carrot sticks upright and immersed in cold water.

This wonderful example has the highly detailed “Deer and Dog” pattern etched on to the glass surface.

Vase measures 9-1/2″ high.

The other side of the vase reveals the image of running deer.

Thoughtfully made silvered metal replacement base follows the scale and lines of the original.

This example with etched fern pattern maintains its original glass base.

Photo courtesy of Crescent City Auction Gallery