Because of their size, bud vases don’t always stand out immediately, but grouped together these vases can make for wonderful, and relatively affordable displays. Also, there’s nothing nicer than arriving in a guest room to find a beautiful flower picked from your hosts’ garden, sitting in a striking piece of glass – so they can be useful too!
Today’s collection is a real hodgepodge, and I suspect come from different corners of the world. The unusual blue ‘vase’ was made in Japan, but for the export market. It was sold in America by the Brinn’s China and Glassware Co, who were based in Pittsburgh from the 1950s through to the ’80s – although I suspect today’s vase is one of their earlier pieces. The orange vase is most likely from the Empoli region in Italy – it bares a striking similarity to other cased glass vases listed on www.20thcenturyglass.com, which are presumed to be Italian. Finally there’s that lovely pale purple vase, with hints of blues, oranges and yellows. I’m afraid I don’t really know anything about this piece, other than to mention that I think it was likely made by the same glassblowers as this much larger aventurine vase that we featured a month or two back, which I think is most likely from Murano. I’ve photographed the larger vase with our small bud vase, so you can hopefully see the similarities. At the very least the two would look great sitting side by side, but then again I think most vintage glassware looks fantastic grouped together – just look how great today’s vases, which are all very different, look as a collection!
Dimensions: Blue Japanese bud vase – 17.5cm tall x 6.5cm in diameter; Orange cased glass bud vase – 20cm tall x 7cm in diameter; Purple bud vase – 11.5cm tall x 7cm in diameter