How to collect and care for antique vases

Victoria Oakley, head of object conservation at the V&A, tells us what to look for in an antique vase

The first thing you do when you bring in fresh flowers? Rummage for a vase. Little says English summer more than freshly picked (or bought) flowers in an old vase sitting on the kitchen table. 

Lest you end up buying a leaky vase, in this free-to-download guide Victoria Oakley, head of objects conservation at the Victoria and Albert Museum, explains what best to look for when buying an old vase and how to keep vessels in display condition. From getting to grips with iconic vase shapes, to avoiding damage when removing tricky water marks, Victoria reveals how to keep your collection pristine and tabletop-worthy. 

Cut-out-and-keep guides such as this one are featured in every issue of Homes & Antiques, giving you the inside track on collecting, buying and restoring antique and vintage finds. So that you don't have to take a page out of your favourite magazine, we feature the guides in the collectors' guides section of our website. Simply click on the link below to download the printer-friendly page.

To download and print your guide to buying an antique wardrobe, click here.

First published in Homes & Antiques' June 2016 issue. Back issues are still available. To purchase a copy click here

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