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(Above photo - Pair French Porcelain Cornucopia Vases Urns Ormolu Horn of Plenty )
Have you ever heard of cornucopia vases? Now that you are here, the chances are that you want to know more about these horned vases. The vessels we are talking about are named after cornucopia or the horn of plenty. In Greek mythology, cornucopia symbolized abundance or nourishment. It is often depicted as overflowing with nuts, flowers, and other produce.
Traditionally, the cornucopia was nothing but a basket or pannier used in Europe and western Asia for carrying newly-harvested food products. Because of its horn shape, the basket was slung on the torso or worn on the back, freeing the harvester’s hands to pick fruits. Later on, artisans took this popular shape and began using it to make vases. The vases were called cornucopia vases and would be used to hold flowers and other items. In making these vases, the manufacturers utilize glass to get a vessel that is both elegant and able to stand on the ground on its own.
(Above photo - Pair French Porcelain Horn of Plenty Vases Urns Cornucopia )
Since most cornucopia vases are mostly made from glass or porcelain, it is essential to know how to identify a genuine one. The following are some of the things that you ought to look at:
Every cornucopia vase has a maker’s mark at the bottom representing the company behind it and the designer’s name. That’s important because a vase with both the company and artist’s name is more valuable than one with nothing but the company name. You need to be aware of all the marks used by manufacturers in all the years they were in operation. With that, you can quickly tell the year when the cornucopia vase was manufactured.
(Above photo - Pair Porcelain Cornucopia Vases French Urns Ormolu Dragons Horn of Plenty )
When making cornucopia vases, some manufacturers used metallic paint on glass. For that reason, some of the vases can be heavier than usual. However, there was a period when manufacturers made their vases using nothing more than clear glass.
At the bottom of some vases, designers used hand blowing techniques ensuring the edges are polished. If you find such a cornucopia vase, then it is clear you have an antique. So, check for smoother, shinier rims compared to the rest of the vase. However, the vase should have an exact artist’s signature for it to be considered an antique.
Some vases have an overmark, a form of a stamp that sits over the original maker’s mark, at the bottom. You will probably notice that the overmark is glazed over slightly smudging over the maker’s mark. If a vase has an overmark, it is likely to have been manufactured between 1880 and 1930. Some of them could have originated in Europe.
Are you looking for cornucopia vases to buy? If so, then you should visit us online or in-store for a wide variety of vases for you to choose from. Our expert evaluators will help you identify antique vases, saving you the time and resources it would take to do it yourself. Good luck!
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