Freehand, Imperial

Imperial's Freehand vases were introduced in the early 1920s to emulate lustrous vases then being imported from Europe. They were blown vases and hand decorated. The 7 1/2-inch tall vase on the left (#425) is purple and sold in 2013 for $140. The #157 vase above right is blue and sold for $325 at the same auction.

The 7-inch vase at the left is #231 and is marigold on milk glass. It has a cobalt stem. It sold at the same 2013 auction as those above, for $400.

Photo Courtesy of Seeck Auctions

The 9 1/4-inch blue vase with the two handles at the left sold at the Tampa Bay auction in 2019. It brought $700.

In 2020, a vase similar to the one at the left, in blue, but 7 inches tall and without handles, sold for $160.

The Freehand vases were apparently difficult and expensive to make, so Imperial switched to another method after about a year of production. See Lead Luster.

The 10 1/4-inch marigold with blue trim vase sold in 2021. It brought $1,300.

Also in 2021, this 13 5/8" white vase with blue loops sold for $1,500. Photo courtesy of Burns auctions.

In 2022, this curious 9-inch vase sold at a Wroda auction. It was listed as an Imperial "Freehand Heart and Vine" tri-lobed vase, so I put it here. It brought $1,200.

Updated 9/11/2022