Antique and vintage earthenware vases



2015-06-26 11:14:42

Antique and vintage earthenware vases are potentially valuable and often highly collectible ceramics. Based on the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition of “antique”, an antique earthenware vase is one made more than 100 years ago. According to the definition, a vintage vase therefore is made less than 100 years ago but is not contemporary.


Earthenware is a form of ceramic used for producing a range of decorative pottery, such as antique and vintage pottery dishes.

Value and notable sales of antique and vintage earthenware vases

Earthenware vases can vary dramatically in price, depending on their age, manufacturer and design. A small Japanese earthenware vase from the late 19th century, signed by Kinkozan, sold at Christie’s in 1993 for $81.

Of course, earthenware works produced by a valuable artist can sell for considerably more.

A painted and glazed earthenware vase, made by Gio Ponti in 1927, sold for £91,250 at Christie’s in 2010, against an estimate of £50,000.

Big Vase with Veiled Women, a 1950 Pablo Picasso red earthen ware vase, decorated with a picture of several women, sold for $101,500 at Christie’s in 1999. It was one from an edition of 25.

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