Celery vase

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Celery vase is a type of glassware or crystal vessel, specifically designed for the purpose of holding and displaying celery sticks upright at the dining table. Originating in the early 19th century, celery vases were a reflection of the era's dining customs and the status of celery as a luxury vegetable. These vases varied in design, ranging from simple and functional to elaborate pieces that showcased the skill of the glassmaker.

History[edit | edit source]

The popularity of celery vases peaked in the Victorian era, a time when the presentation of food at the table was given considerable importance. Celery, being a relatively expensive vegetable, was often displayed in these specialized vases as a sign of the host's wealth and sophistication. The vases themselves became collectible items, with intricate designs that included cut glass, etching, and sometimes colored glass.

Design and Usage[edit | edit source]

Celery vases are typically tall and narrow, designed to hold the celery stalks upright so that their leafy tops can fan out attractively. The base of the vase is often weighted or widened to ensure stability when the celery is inserted. Designs can range from plain and utilitarian to highly decorative, with the latter often featuring patterns, fluting, and embellishments that reflect the craftsmanship of the period.

In addition to their primary function, celery vases were sometimes used to display other items, such as fresh flowers or asparagus, making them versatile pieces in the Victorian household. However, their use declined with changes in dining fashion and the advent of more casual dining practices in the 20th century.

Collectibility[edit | edit source]

Today, celery vases are sought after by collectors of antique glassware and Victoriana. Their value can vary widely, depending on factors such as age, condition, manufacturer, and the intricacy of the design. Collectors often seek out pieces that are representative of specific glassmaking techniques or periods.

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