I give you the following from Wikipedia:
The vase ( //, //, or //) is an open container, often used to hold cut flowers. It can be made from a number of materials including ceramics and glass. The vase is often decorated and thus used to extend the beauty of its contents.
"Vases are defined as having a certain anatomy. Lowest is the foot, a distinguishable base to the piece. The design of the base may be bulbous, flat, or another shape. Next, the body, which forms the main and often largest portion of the piece. Resting atop the body is the shoulder, where the body curves inward. Then the neck, where the vase is given more height. Lastly, the lip, where the vase flares back out at the top."
No matter how you say it, you aren't going to find any classic examples here. In fact, I am so used to using anything except a vase that I hardly have a one of them in the house! Pitchers would be the first thing that I reach for, and then on from there, like these rusty old tin containers-- whatever they were originally used for.
Small creamers are sweet on a table or bedside for flowers.
These days, about the only place you see only water in a pitcher is in a restaurant. Do you ever use them that way?
A fluted ceramic vase.
Flower bucket with dried roses on a garden table.
Pretty bottles and jars seem to be the closest new thing to the old vase .
An old handled ironstone jug which has been re-glued together makes for a spectacular arrangement.
Old florist and funeral baskets make an interesting container for fresh or dried bouquets.
A silver champagne bucket feels like a natural for roses.
An oversized ironstone urn lends drama to a handful of flowers.
I use a lot of grasses and weeds for bouquets when the season turns. They are a good stand-in for fresh blooms all year round.
This is my favorite metal flower basket, but I think it leaks, so dried flowers it is!
In fact, I have quite a hard time turning away from any painted metal bucket with a handle that I come across! Couldn't you just see this filled to overflowing with mums or daisies?
Baskets beg for the job! A jar inside one will work for fresh flowers too.
Cachepots and flower pots.
I find a flared vase the easiest to arrange a large casual group of flowers. Ideal for greens for the winter holidays.
And finally, tureens make even the plainest of arrangements truly elegant and unusual. But the sky is the limit!
Happy flower arranging!
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