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Vase Collection

From ancient Greek urns to vibrant Van Gogh masterpieces, the vase has been a timeless symbol of beauty and artistry throughout history

Background imageVase Collection: Fenetre a la Goulette, 1926. Artist: Albert Marquet

Fenetre a la Goulette, 1926. Artist: Albert Marquet
Feutre a la Goulette, 1926. Musee des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux, France

Background imageVase Collection: Middlesex Hospital entrance, Mortimer Street, London

Middlesex Hospital entrance, Mortimer Street, London
Middlesex Hospital main entrance hall, Mortimer Street, London. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageVase Collection: Greek Urns and Amphoras Lithograph 1897

Greek Urns and Amphoras Lithograph 1897
Greek urns and vases, Original Antique Chromolithograph

Background imageVase Collection: Vanitas Still Life with a Tulip, Skull and Hour-Glass (oil on panel)

Vanitas Still Life with a Tulip, Skull and Hour-Glass (oil on panel)
XIR136795 Vanitas Still Life with a Tulip, Skull and Hour-Glass (oil on panel) by Champaigne, Philippe de (1602-74); Musee de Tesse, Le Mans, France; French, out of copyright

Background imageVase Collection: The Death of Seneca, 1871 (oil on canvas)

The Death of Seneca, 1871 (oil on canvas)
FIA5401488 The Death of Seneca, 1871 (oil on canvas) by Dominguez y Sanchez, Manuel (1840-1906); 270x540 cm; Prado, Madrid, Spain; (add.info.: Seneca the Younger)

Background imageVase Collection: VAN GOGH: SUNFLOWERS, 1889. Vase With Twelve Sunflowers. Oil on canvas, Vincent van Gogh

VAN GOGH: SUNFLOWERS, 1889. Vase With Twelve Sunflowers. Oil on canvas, Vincent van Gogh, January 1889

Background imageVase Collection: Oleanders, 1888. Creator: Vincent van Gogh

Oleanders, 1888. Creator: Vincent van Gogh
Oleanders, 1888

Background imageVase Collection: Alabaster vase inlaid with floral garlands, from the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun

Alabaster vase inlaid with floral garlands, from the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun, discovered in the Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Egypt, North Africa, Africa

Background imageVase Collection: Portland vase in the British Museum

Portland vase in the British Museum. Cameo vase in blue and white glass with historical or mythological figures. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Henry Moses from A Collection of Antique Vases

Background imageVase Collection: Greek vase painting of Achilles and Patroclus. Artist: Sosias

Greek vase painting of Achilles and Patroclus. Artist: Sosias
A Greek vase painting of Achilles and Patroclus, where Achilles is binding the wounds of Patroclus. Currently in the Berlin Greek and Roman Museum

Background imageVase Collection: Sunflowers, 1888 (oil on canvas)

Sunflowers, 1888 (oil on canvas)
BAL20294 Sunflowers, 1888 (oil on canvas) by Gogh, Vincent van (1853-90); 91x72 cm; Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany; Dutch, out of copyright

Background imageVase Collection: La Maison Moderne c. 1902 (poster) by Manuel Orazi (1898-1934) Location Musee des Arts Decoratifs

La Maison Moderne c. 1902 (poster) by Manuel Orazi (1898-1934) Location Musee des Arts Decoratifs
La Maison Moderne c.1902 (poster) by Manuel Orazi (1898-1934) Location Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France ?TopFoto

Background imageVase Collection: Black-figure pottery, Attic vase of Exekias depicting Achilles and Ajax playing dice, detail

Black-figure pottery, Attic vase of Exekias depicting Achilles and Ajax playing dice, detail
Greek civilization, 6th century b.C. Black-figure pottery. Attic vase of Exekias depicting Achilles and Ajax playing dice. Detail

Background imageVase Collection: VAN GOGH: STILL LIFE, 1886. Vincent Van Gogh: Still Life with poppies, cornflowers

VAN GOGH: STILL LIFE, 1886. Vincent Van Gogh: Still Life with poppies, cornflowers, peonies and chrysanthemums. Oil on canvas, 1886

Background imageVase Collection: Driffield Union workhouse, East Yorkshire

Driffield Union workhouse, East Yorkshire
The entrance to the union workhouse (or Poor Law Institution) on Bridlington Road, Driffield, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Two inmates can be seen on the left, sitting on a bench

Background imageVase Collection: Sunflowers, 1888 (oil on canvas)

Sunflowers, 1888 (oil on canvas)
BAL970 Sunflowers, 1888 (oil on canvas) by Gogh, Vincent van (1853-90); 92.1x73 cm; National Gallery, London, UK; Dutch, out of copyright

Background imageVase Collection: Panathenaic prize amphora with lid and figure of Athena, 363-2 BC (terracotta)

Panathenaic prize amphora with lid and figure of Athena, 363-2 BC (terracotta)
XOS1765668 Panathenaic prize amphora with lid and figure of Athena, 363-2 BC (terracotta) by Greek, (4th century BC); 89.5 cm; J

Background imageVase Collection: Spring flower bouquet in vase. Credit as: Don Paulson / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Spring flower bouquet in vase. Credit as: Don Paulson / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont(RF)

Background imageVase Collection: SOSIAS, Painter (ca

SOSIAS, Painter (ca. 500 BC-). Vase of Sosias. Achilles bandaging his friend Patroclus arm. Inside decoration. Archaic

Background imageVase Collection: Tea party

Tea party. Decorated cakes on a saucer surrounded by gerbera flowers

Background imageVase Collection: Greek urn

Greek urn
Richly decorated Greek urn. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an artifact

Background imageVase Collection: A display of vases at the Qing and Ming Ancient Pottery Factory, Jingdezhen city

A display of vases at the Qing and Ming Ancient Pottery Factory, Jingdezhen city, Jiangxi Province, China, Asia

Background imageVase Collection: Poseidon / Vase Painting

Poseidon / Vase Painting
Poseidon/Neptune with his chariot and winged horses

Background imageVase Collection: Still life with dahlias, ca. 1886-1890. Artist: Renoir, Pierre Auguste (1841-1919)

Still life with dahlias, ca. 1886-1890. Artist: Renoir, Pierre Auguste (1841-1919)
Still life with dahlias, ca. 1886-1890. Found in the collection of Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection, Zurich

Background imageVase Collection: Prehistoric Art. Greece. Handmade vase without decoration

Prehistoric Art. Greece. Handmade vase without decoration. Globular body with two small handles, wide mouth and foot. National Archaeological Museum. Athens. Greece

Background imageVase Collection: Roses in a Bottle [recto], 1900 / 1904. Creator: Paul Cezanne

Roses in a Bottle [recto], 1900 / 1904. Creator: Paul Cezanne
Roses in a Bottle [recto], 1900/1904

Background imageVase Collection: Majorelle Gardens

Majorelle Gardens, Marrakesh, Morocco, North Africa

Background imageVase Collection: Old Arabian coffee pot and jars

Old Arabian coffee pot and jars, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East

Background imageVase Collection: Modern pottery and flower

Modern pottery and flower
Miho Art Studio

Background imageVase Collection: Vase of Flowers, c. 1660. Creator: Jan Davidsz de Heem

Vase of Flowers, c. 1660. Creator: Jan Davidsz de Heem
Vase of Flowers, c. 1660

Background imageVase Collection: Still Life Australian Native Flowers Oil Painting

Still Life Australian Native Flowers Oil Painting
Still Life of Australian Native Flowers in a glass vase. Original is an Oil Painting on stretched canvas by Judi Parkinson. Pictured are Wattle, Banksia, Grevillea in red, pink and cream colours

Background imageVase Collection: Flowers of the East, from the Pears Annual, 1895

Flowers of the East, from the Pears Annual, 1895
BAL8775 Flowers of the East, from the Pears Annual, 1895 by Coleman, William Stephen (1829-1904); Private Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageVase Collection: Peonies, c. 1869. Creator: Berthe Morisot

Peonies, c. 1869. Creator: Berthe Morisot
Peonies, c. 1869

Background imageVase Collection: Irises, 1890. Creator: Vincent van Gogh

Irises, 1890. Creator: Vincent van Gogh
Irises, 1890

Background imageVase Collection: Bouquet, 1884. Artist: Paul Gauguin

Bouquet, 1884. Artist: Paul Gauguin
Bouquet, 1884. Gauguin, Paul Eugene Henri (1848-1903). Found in the collection of the State Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Background imageVase Collection: In Greek mythology, Hestia was the goddess of the hearth and one of the 12 Olympian deities

In Greek mythology, Hestia was the goddess of the hearth and one of the 12 Olympian deities

Background imageVase Collection: Roses in a Vase, c1910. Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Roses in a Vase, c1910. Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Roses in a Vase, c1910. Renoir, Pierre Auguste (1841-1919). Found in the collection of the State Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Background imageVase Collection: Apollo offering a libation to the raven, kylix, 5th century BC

Apollo offering a libation to the raven, kylix, 5th century BC
Attic White Ground kylix of the early 5th century BC. Showing Apollo sitting on a stool performing a libation whilst holding a lyre. A raven looks

Background imageVase Collection: Polychromed vase. Tomb of Kha. 1400 BC. Egypt

Polychromed vase. Tomb of Kha. 1400 BC. Egypt
Egypt. Polychromed vase sealed with fabric. From the tomb of royal architect Kha (Deir el-Medina). 1400 BC. 18th dynasty. New Kingdom. Egyptian Museum. Turin. Italy

Background imageVase Collection: Woman in a mauve dress, Art Nouveau style

Woman in a mauve dress, Art Nouveau style. circa early 20th century

Background imageVase Collection: Victorian style domestic interior with fireplace

Victorian style domestic interior with fireplace
A Victorian style domestic interior with fireplace, and different patterns everywhere you look

Background imageVase Collection: Exotic Oriental Vase Dance

Exotic Oriental Vase Dance - postcard reproduction of a painting by Fabio Fabbi (1861-1946). Date: 1906

Background imageVase Collection: Greek red-figure bell krater by Altamura Painter

Greek red-figure bell krater by Altamura Painter
Greek civilization, 5th century b.C. Red-figure pottery. Bell krater by Altamura Painter. From Spina, Ferrara Province. Detail: Zeus and Dionysus

Background imageVase Collection: Black-figure pottery, amphora by Exekias depicting Achilles and Penthesilea, Greek civilization

Black-figure pottery, amphora by Exekias depicting Achilles and Penthesilea, Greek civilization
Greek civilization, 5th century b.C. Black-figure pottery. Amphora by Exekias depicting Achilles and Penthesilea

Background imageVase Collection: Blue John vase

Blue John vase
A vase carved out of the mineral Blue John. The mineral is so far unique to one location in the Derbyshire Peak District, England

Background imageVase Collection: Colorful pottery for sale in downtown Loreto, Mexico

Colorful pottery for sale in downtown Loreto, Mexico

Background imageVase Collection: Flower Piece - Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer

Flower Piece - Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer
Oil on Canvas 113 x 88

Background imageVase Collection: Father Cmas / Toys / Fireple

Father Cmas / Toys / Fireple
Father Christmas puts out a selection of toys and presents in front of a fireplace which has a lovely vase of holly and two candlesticks on it



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From ancient Greek urns to vibrant Van Gogh masterpieces, the vase has been a timeless symbol of beauty and artistry throughout history. In Albert Marquet's 'Fenetre a la Goulette', a delicate vase adorns a window sill, capturing the essence of everyday life in 1926. The intricate details of Greek Urns and Amphoras lithograph from 1897 transport us back to an era where vases were not only functional but also exquisite works of art. In 'Vanitas Still Life with a Tulip, Skull and Hour-Glass', the vase takes on a deeper meaning as it becomes part of a symbolic representation of mortality. Meanwhile, Sosias' Greek vase painting depicts the legendary bond between Achilles and Patroclus, showcasing how vases have long served as vessels for storytelling. Vincent van Gogh's fascination with vases is evident in his various works such as 'Still Life with poppies, cornflowers, peonies and chrysanthemums' and 'Oleanders'. These paintings capture the vibrancy and fragility of flowers delicately arranged within their ceramic containers. Beyond paintings, they can be found in unexpected places like Middlesex Hospital entrance or Driffield Union workhouse - reminding us that these objects have not only adorned homes but also public spaces throughout history. The iconic Portland Vase housed at the British Museum stands as a testament to the enduring allure of this vessel. Whether it's Van Gogh's famous sunflowers or Manuel Orazi's poster for La Maison Moderne museum exhibition in c. 1902 featuring an elegant lady holding an ornate vase - these artworks remind us that even something as simple as arranging flowers in a vessel can become an extraordinary form of expression. So next time you come across a beautiful vase filled with blooms or spot one displayed proudly in an artwork or historical setting – take a moment to appreciate the rich history and artistic significance that this humble object holds.