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Avon "Venetian Swirls" vase, 1985, Japan

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    Posted 15 days ago

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    This vase is 8" high x 6" in diameter and weighs over 2 lbs 9 ounces.. It was part of the "Avon Gift Collection" for 1985. At that time, Avon was primarily sourcing their products from makers of quality American glass, for example Fostoria and Fenton, to provide their higher end glass offerings. I have seen this vase credited as the work of Fostoria by some sellers of this vase on auction sites, but the box states that it was "created" in Japan. This vase retailed for $50 in 1985, which was very high end, indeed for an Avon decorative vase. According to the brochure included in the box, this piece was an "homage" to Venetian art glass. The Japanese maker is not known, but in keeping with Avon's sourcing of products from higher end glass houses, it was probably a well known maker. This vase is new in the box, though the box is a bit tattered. So far, this is the only pre-2000 piece of Avon glass I have seen which was not made in the USA.

    More information about Avon here:

    I looked for an Avon collectors group or message board and found what looks like a fairly new board linked below. There is a FaceBook group but I do not use FaceBook due to privacy and data concerns. Avon collectors message board:

    I paid only $6.99 + shipping for this vase new in the box and bought a second one without the box for $5.50 + shipping. I will put the one in the box away and display the second one. I have a feeling these will be worth more when more history of them is known. Not investing in these, just trying to preserve a few to pass on.... I did later find several minus their labels, listed as "swirl" vases on ebay.

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    1. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 15 days ago
      It’s lovely.....
      “Avon Calling”
    2. Newfld Newfld, 15 days ago
      Beautiful blue swirl glass, love the "optic illusion"
    3. racer4four racer4four, 15 days ago
      That's a beautifully made vase Kevin!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 15 days ago
      @MrC.rystalShip - Indeed! Thank you!

      @Newfld - Thanks for your comment Jenni! I like the swirlyness of it too!

      @racer4four - Thanks Karen. I am going to post to one of the Avon collector groups and see if anyone has clues as to who made this vase.

      Thanks for loving my Avon from Japan vase Watchsearcher, fortapache, Karen, Jenni, Thomas and Ms.CrystalShip!

    5. kwqd kwqd, 15 days ago
      Thank you Vinyl33rpm!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 14 days ago
      Thank you aura and Kevin!
    7. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 14 days ago
      Very pretty!
    8. kwqd kwqd, 13 days ago
      @Mrstyndall - Thanks for your comment! I think so too!

      Thanks for loving my Japanese Avon vase Mrstyndall, blunderbuss and Nicefice!
    9. kwqd kwqd, 13 days ago
      Updated with new information.
    10. jericho jericho, 12 days ago
      Thank you I had one and thought It was Italian
    11. kwqd kwqd, 12 days ago
      Happy to be of assistance jericho!

      Thanks for loving my Japanese Avon vase glassiegirl and Elisabethan!
    12. kwqd kwqd, 10 days ago
      Thanks for loving my Japanese vase for Avon Broochman!
    13. kwqd kwqd, 9 days ago
      Thank you Vynil33rpm!

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