Antique Hyacinth Vases
Antique Hyacinth vases are vases specifically designed to contain Hyacinth flowers or bulbs.
Brief history and description
Hyacinth vases were first used during the Georgian era, and were popular during the Victorian period as well. During this time it became tradition in areas such as Western Europe, Scandinavia and the U.S. to purchase Hyacinth flower bulbs during the autumn season, and then keep them indoors as the bulbs bloom during the winter season.
In order to complete this process, the bulbs would be forced into glass vases filled with water, and then placed in a cold location inside of the home.
A Hyacinth vase typically features an hourglass shape, an open top and a long-shaped neck.
Guide for collectors
Hyacinth vases which feature vivid or bright colours are considered to be more rare among collectors, but not necessarily the most valuable.
Restoration of an antique Hyacinth vase is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring the vase may decrease its value.
For more information regarding antique Hyacinth vases, visit the Hyacinth Vase Collection's official website.
B.S. Slosberg, Inc. Auctioneers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sold a yellow satin Galle cameo glass Hyacinth vase (12" in height) featuring pink and purple flowers for $6,500 in April of 2007, and the same yellow satin Galle cameo glass Hyacinth vase for $5,350 in March of 2009.
Simpson Galleries in Houston, Texas sold a Waterford crystal Hyacinth vase (15.5" in height) for $900 in June of 2008.
Jim Wroda Auction Services, Ltd. in Ashville, New York sold a purple and white striped Fenton Hyacinth feather vase for $275 in May of 2011.
Midwest Auction Galleries, Inc. in Oxford, Michigan sold a lot of four McCoy Pottery Hyacinth vases (8.25" x 6.75" each) for $90 in November of 2010, and another lot of four McCoy Pottery Hyacinth vases of the same dimensions for $70 in November of 2010.