Antique Vases

Mayfair Gallery’s stunning collection of antique vases includes a beautifully diverse range of pieces. From delicate glass vases to large-scale jardinieres, a vase from our varied collection will be sure to fill any decorative gap in your home with ease.

Vases have occupied a unique place in human history, with the earliest forms being used to store grain or oil. A significant development in vase design took place in ancient Greece, where vibrantly decorated clay vessels were used for a multitude of different purposes, including storage, cooking, and decoration.

Just a few decades later, Chinese potters under the Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) were utilising a different technique, producing a material that would later become known as porcelain. During the following centuries, porcelain became considered the finest type of vase pottery, on account of its bright white colour, delicacy, and resistance to heat and water.

By the 18th and 19th centuries, European makers had cracked the formula for creating hard-paste porcelain wares, following the introduction of Asian porcelainware to the European world in the 16th century. Mayfair Gallery is proud to present several exquisite 19th century porcelain vases, from some of the most esteemed makers of the era. Floral-encrusted pastel creations by Meissen are accompanied by monumental vessels from the Sèvres manufactory. Our Sèvres pieces are particularly spectacular, combining painted mythological scenes with their trademark navy ground, mounted by sculptural ormolu decoration.

The introduction of Eastern ceramics to the Western world also ignited a degree of synthesis between these two styles. Intricate Chinese vases, crafted using the complex cloisonné enamel technique, would often be combined with 19th century gilt-bronze mounts by famed makers such as Barbedienne, with the mounts cast in an Orientalist style that often mirrored the designs of the vase itself. Find a number of these ‘combination’ vessels within the Mayfair Gallery collection.

Vases continued to be used for decorative purposes in the 20th century. Often crafted from glass or metal, these vessels introduced modern and abstract designs that mirrored the dynamic cultural landscape of the time. Mayfair Gallery’s collection of antique vases includes several exceptional 20th century creations, from Bohemian glassware to sinuous Art Nouveau pieces.

Whether you are looking for a functional piece for flower arrangements, or a large-scale vessel for outdoor decoration, our collection contains antique vases to suit any taste.

Learn more about the history of antique vases in our blog here.

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  1. Neoclassical 65
  2. Floral 48
  3. Chinese Interest 46
  4. Rococo 31
  5. Sèvres 30
  6. Figurative Art 18
  7. Islamic 17
  8. Empire 14
  9. Classical 13
  10. Louis XVI 13
  11. Chinoiserie 12
  12. Japanese Interest 11
  13. Louis XV 10
  14. Belle Époque 8
  15. Birds / Ornithology 8
  16. Meiji 8
  17. 20th and 21st Century Design 7
  18. Mythological 7
  19. Russian Interest 7
  20. Animal / Animalier 6
  21. Renaissance 5
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  23. Modern 4
  24. Napoleonic 4
  25. Royal / Monarchy 4
  26. Genre 3
  27. Japonisme 3
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  29. Meissen 3
  30. Persian interest 3
  31. Abstract 2
  32. Arabesque 2
  33. Art Nouveau 2
  34. Contemporary 2
  35. Fête Galante 2
  36. Marine / Seascape 2
  37. Militaria / Military 2
  38. Napoleon III 2
  39. Arms / Armour 1
  40. Art Deco 1
  41. Arts & Crafts 1
  42. Baroque 1
  43. Egyptian Revival 1
  44. Equestrian / Horses 1
  45. Gothic 1
  46. History Painting 1
  47. Hunting 1
  48. Louis Philippe 1
  49. Mamluk Revival 1
  50. Orientalist 1
  51. Palissy Style 1
  52. Régence 1
  53. Religious 1
  54. Romantic 1
  55. Urban Views / Townscapes 1
  56. Victorian 1
Material
  1. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 106
  2. Porcelain 71
  3. Enamel - Cloisonné 31
  4. Gilt 23
  5. Glass 18
  6. Bronze 17
  7. Enamel 15
  8. Marble 12
  9. Lapis Lazuli 9
  10. Silver 7
  11. Malachite 6
  12. Opaline Glass 6
  13. Patinated Bronze 6
  14. Cut Glass 5
  15. Silver-gilt 5
  16. Wood 5
  17. Onyx 4
  18. Enamel - Champlevé 3
  19. Majolica 3
  20. Agate 2
  21. Alabaster 2
  22. Brass 2
  23. Earthenware 2
  24. Giltwood 2
  25. Hardstone 2
  26. Lacquer 2
  27. Porphyry 2
  28. Precious Stones 2
  29. Serpentine 2
  30. Silvered bronze 2
  31. Jasperware 2
  32. Bisque (biscuit) porcelain 1
  33. Ceramic 1
  34. Copper 1
  35. Crystal 1
  36. Gilt Metal 1
  37. Gold 1
  38. Metal 1
  39. Mother-of-Pearl 1
  40. Papier-mâché 1
  41. Rock Crystal 1
  42. Scagliola 1
  43. Semi-precious stones 1
  44. Silver-plate 1
  45. Spelter 1
  46. Sterling Silver 1
  47. Stoneware 1
  48. Terracotta 1
  49. Tole 1
  50. Vernis Martin 1
Colour
  1. Gold 134
  2. Multi-coloured 116
  3. Blue 68
  4. White 45
  5. Green 40
  6. Red 29
  7. Turquoise 22
  8. Brown 18
  9. Pink 15
  10. Silver 12
  11. Black 10
  12. Grey 9
  13. Clear 8
  14. Yellow 8
  15. Purple 7
  16. Metallic 6
  17. Cream 5
  18. Orange 5
Country Of Origin
  1. French 108
  2. Chinese 47
  3. English 11
  4. Japanese 11
  5. Continental 10
  6. Bohemian 7
  7. Russian 7
  8. Italian 6
  9. Asian 5
  10. German 5
  11. Austrian 4
  12. British 3
  13. Persian 1
  14. Peruvian 1
  15. Syrian 1
  16. Tibet 1
Period
  1. Late 19th Century 70
  2. 19th Century 47
  3. Early 20th Century 41
  4. 20th Century 31
  5. Early 19th Century 12
  6. 18th Century and Earlier 6
  7. 21st Century 2
Artist / Maker
  1. Sèvres 29
  2. Baccarat 5
  3. Barbedienne, Ferdinand 4
  4. Minton 4
  5. Meissen Porcelain Manufactory 3
  6. Picard, Henri 3
  7. Galberg, Ivan Ivanovich 2
  8. Royal Vienna Porcelain Manufactory 2
  9. Vezzini and Chen 2
  10. Adams Pottery 1
  11. Asprey 1
  12. Baffert, Martin 1
  13. Christofle 1
  14. Dasson, Henry 1
  15. Dihl et Guérhard 1
  16. Dresden Porcelain Manufactory 1
  17. Gallé, Émile 1
  18. Gardner Porcelain Factory, 1
  19. H. Journet & Cie 1
  20. Hottot, Louis 1
  21. Hunt & Roskell 1
  22. Levillain, Ferdinand 1
  23. Marochetti, Carlo 1
  24. Massier, Clement 1
  25. Morel, Jean-Valentin 1
  26. Raingo Frères 1
  27. Rihouet 1
  28. Samson et Cie 1
  29. Schwarz & Steiner 1
  30. Solomon Blanckensee & Sons Ltd 1
  31. St. Louis Glassworks 1
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