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Antique Vases

Asian Art and Antiques

Antiquares offers to value your antique vases.
If you have antique vases that you would like us to evaluate please do not hesitate to contact us at the following phone number: 392 6587032, or send us photographs to the following email address:, please be sure to include any information you might have about the object. You can also fill in the appropriate form.
We remain at your disposal for any clarifications, guaranteeing maximum discretion and trustworthiness.

Following is some brief information on the types of vases, their history and their availability.
The category of antique vases is one of the most interesting in the world of antiques. These artifacts can be made of porcelain and ceramic, sometimes in terracotta, majolica, stoneware, bisque. Each kind has it’s characteristics and peculiarities.
Terracotta was normally used to make vases that had a precise use rather than for esthetic reasons.
Stoneware is a colored ceramic covered in paint and cooked at a temperature between 1200- 1400 degrees centigrade;

Earthenware is a porous white ceramic, fashionable especially in the 1700s, covered in transparent glaze.
Porcelain, originally from China, is a white paste ceramic that is resistant both to impact and high temperatures.
Bisque is made with either hard or soft paste porcelain, is porous and without glaze.
Majolica, which was widely available in the XV century, is a ceramic with a glazed metallic finish that undergoes different manufacturing from the others and is originally from Majorca.
The value of a vase is determined, by it’s integrity as well as by they type of material and the provenance.
Particularly precious are the vases from the 1800s decorated in gold and with neoclassical style. Half way through the previous century, between 1753 and 1756, soft paste porcelain started being widely produced after it’s first introduction a few years earlier. This is when the famous Sevres vases were conceived, characterized by the presence of colors like cobalt, turquoise, pompadour pink, apple green, light green and light yellow. They were also typically decorated with garlands and floral motifs. Most famous are those from the era of Louis XV and Louis XVI.

In Asia the most renowned are the Chinese and the Japanese vases.
The most sought after Chinese vases are the Ming and the Qing, that represent the apex of this type of art’s evolution that was passed on through various dynasties. The Ming vases (1386-1643) had a characteristic white and blue coloring, while the Qing vases (1664-1912) followed tradition, but with the addition of innovations such as glazing and decoration.
The most notorious Japanese vases are from the XVI Century, made by the Master Kakiemon, they were characterized by floreal motifs on a white background. Another Japanese master was Chojiro, with his innovative glazing technique developed by changing temperatures during the manufacturing process.

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