ANTIQUE SILVER VASES
Antique Silver vases Description:
A tableware item for displaying either single buds or large arrangements of flowers.
Antique Silver vases History:
The vast majority of vases were made in the Victorian and 20th century periods. However very early examples from the latter part of the 17th century were quite popular, but are now extremely rare. Infact any flower vases from before about 1850 are rare indeed. They are still being made in fairly large number today but mostly for single buds. The famous Warwick Vase (made since the latter part of the 18th century) are always very much in demand, but original ones, not copies, fetch very high prices.
Antique Silver vases Design:
Most vases were made as part of a set, either in pairs or fours. They were designed to hold flowers with stems and were therefore quite tall compared to their width. Often circular in cross-section but also panelled. Decoration varied from very ornate floral versions in the Victorian period to very plain ascetic styles from the Art Deco period. The famous Warwick Vase was always made in the same consistent way as a copy of a Greek (2nd-4th century) marble vase found in a pool at Hadrians Villa, at Tivoli near Rome, and brought to England in 1770.
Antique Silver vases Collectors Note:
Many of the older vases are now in fairly poor condition with dents, cracks, and holes, so it is very important to make sure that they will hold water if intended for fresh flowers. The majority of vases were made with weighted feet to give them a feeling of sturdiness. Unfortunately, the material used in the filling (either plaster of Paris or a black shellac) is often broken and has to be replaced. Check to make sure that a pair of vases have the same hallmarks. All our vases have been checked and are in very good condition fit for their intended use.