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Vases, Vessels, and Values

Researching values before selling is crucial....or just hire someone who knows.


Jars, Cachepots and Jardinières


antique vase

When it comes to offering high value decorative collectibles for sale you must get the price right. Priced to low will create regret for years to come and priced too high can tarnish the items reputation.

When auctioning fine art or collectible decorative items such as vases, velles, urns, or alike, the item will be deemed 'burned' if it does not sell. This label can harm future sales. Reputation is crucial so price shrewdly. Similar to real estate...a home that sits on the market unsold makes people wonder why.

The term vases has become a generic term for a vessel. Technically a vase is a vessel that is taller than it is wide and traditionally used to hold flowers. It can be made of  glass, crystal, metal, ceramic, porcelain, or earthenware. The term “vahz” is said to be an alternative term when the value is higher.  It is also said to be a term that is the equivalent of holding out your pinky when sipping tea at the house of Chanel. In other words, a term for the pompous.

Typically there are categories for these treasures. 

  • Vases
  • Urns
  • Jars
  • Cachepots
  • Jardinieres
  • Bottles
  • Garniture

Long story short, an urn is a large decorative vase type vessel with a lid and often a decorative foot or pedestal.

Values are determined by age origins, and condition. French urns from the 19th century made of marble with gold detail are extremely valuable.

For assistance in determining value of decorative items such as vases, urns, or other fine art, contact Florida Estate Sales for assistance. We can provide you with a valuation and help you sell or consign your items for maximum return. Also consider security when attempting to sell high value items. Having people come to your home is not a good practice.  

chinese urns
russian urns
19th century urns