Here is a lovely example of a once popular table setting, the celery vase. For most of the 19th century, celery was considered a staple of the dining experience, and thus "vases" were made to display the stalks with leaves still attached. The majority of celery vases were made of various types of glass, but in Europe many were made of porcelain, most of which came from Bavaria like the one shown here. This particular vase has a lovely fluted shape which ends in a fan-like overlay accompanied by acanthus leaves in high relief, all of which is hand decorated with gold. Also note the beautiful rose colored highlight around the upper interior of the vase; it measures 6 1/4" in height and is 4" in diameter at the widest point. This is a very special piece which can easily become the centerpiece of any table with either celery or a bouquet of flowers!
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