- Street: 211 S 4th Ave
- City: Pocatello
- State: Idaho
- Country: United States
- Zip/Postal Code: 83204
- Phone Number: 208 232 9345
- Cell Phone: 208 221 7079
- Listed: November 6, 2015 9:58 pm
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A head vase made in Japan
The terms “head vase,” “lady head vase,” or “head planters” refer to a style of ceramic vase popularized during the 1950s and generally featuring the head or bust of a person, usually a woman. Originally, head vases were produced by florist companies to hold the bouquets they sold. Their small openings helped to maximize sales by limiting the number of blossoms each container held.
The sudden growth of the Japanese economy following World War II created a new source of potential head-vase manufacturers.
Head vase subjects ranged from Disney characters to exoticized foreign females to the Virgin Mary. Today, many of the most collectible head vases feature the likenesses of familiar celebrities, like Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy.
There are a number of common head vases available for $50 or less through online auctions and at local flea markets or estate sales. A handful will sell for hundreds and even $1,000 or more in the right market. At just about any antique show you’ll find a few priced between $40-200. These range from mini vases measuring in the 2″ range to grand examples as tall as 14″ or so. The larger vases usually get a higher ticket price. And some rare examples, like one dubbed by collectors as “I Dream of Jeannie” can sell into the thousands when offered in excellent to mint condition.
Head Vase collecting today has become extremely popular and there is even a Head Vase
Convention that happens every January in Florida. Collectors come from all over the world to
view 4000+ head vases on display for sale and to meet with fellow enthusiasts for the weekend.
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