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Waterford Crystal Furniture

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Among glassware aficionados, the name Waterford has earned a place of eminence — both for antique crystal vases, glasses, chandeliers and serveware made by the original Irish company in the 18th and 19th centuries, and for new versions of the firm’s classic patterns produced after its rebirth in the 1940s. With either iteration, Waterford is a byword for traditional elegance. 

Waterford crystal was born of a tax loophole. In 1783, business-minded brothers George and William Penrose founded the Waterford Glass House in southeastern Ireland because Irish glass was exempt from steep British import duties. The two wanted to make fine-quality wares and hired artisans from England, including master glassmaker John Hill. The factory’s flint glass — a precursor to lead crystal — soon won a clientele among British and continental aristocrats. 

One of Hill’s aesthetic innovations was to polish glassware after a pattern was cut, to buff off the resulting frosted surface. The look became a Waterford trademark. Through the fame of its wine goblets, claret jugs and decanters, the firm continued to win honors at the many industrial expositions of the early Victorian era. But over those years, higher and higher luxury excise taxes were placed on fine crystal. Waterford products became prohibitively expensive, and the company closed in 1851.

The brand’s renown was still intact when it was revived in 1947 by a Czech glass manufacturer named Charles Bacik, who moved to Ireland after the Communist takeover of his country. For centuries, the region now called the Czech Republic had been the great glassware center of Middle Europe — the source of crystal to legendary Viennese glass design firms such as Lobmeyr and Bakalowits. So Bacik brought with him the master glassblower and designer Miroslav Havel. 

In Dublin, Havel studied the old Waterford style book archives kept in the National Museum. He used these classic patterns as the basis for new ones such as Lismore, with its crosshatching and flame-like vertical cuts, and Alana, with its heavily textured diamond cuts. Past and present are thus linked at Waterford. 

Introduced in 1991, the Marquis by Waterford range of vases, bowls and other wares were priced for everyday use and were intended for use in modern homes. It was the first new brand debuted by the company in what was then its more than two-century history. 

As you will see on 1stDibs, antique or recently made, Waterford crystal is the essence of refinement.

Find Waterford crystal vases, serveware and other collectibles for sale on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Waterford Crystal
Dealer: Rearview Modern
Waterford Crystal Etched Sunflower Vase with Cut Glass Designs, England, c. 2010
By Waterford Crystal, Steuben Hawkes
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Vintage Waterford Crystal Carafe with Faceted Design, C. 1985
By Waterford Crystal
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1980's Waterford crystal small carafe and decanter. Mouth blown and crafted by hand, the urn shaped carafe has an elongated stem with a bulbous base featuring faceted teardrop...
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Vintage Waterford Lismore Crystal Wine Glass, Germany, circa 1990s
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Single luxe crystal wine glass from Waterford Crystal. The Lismore Collection is perhaps Waterford's most distinguished design featuring hand blown crystal with the pattern's signature diamond and wedge cuts. First introduced in the early 1950s, the now iconic Lismore pattern drew its inspiration and name from the Lismore Castle in Waterford, Ireland. This is a single wine glass perfect as a replacement or as an addition to your current Waterford set...
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Pair of Vintage Cut Crystal Brandy Glasses by Waterford Crystal, c. 1980's
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Waterford Crystal furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Waterford Crystal furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of stone and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Waterford Crystal furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Waterford Crystal were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Waterford, Belleek Pottery Ltd., and Royal Irish Silver Co.. Prices for Waterford Crystal furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $102 and can go as high as $135,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $335.
Questions About Waterford Crystal Furniture
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 3, 2024
    Waterford Crystal is more than 225 years old. In 1783, business-minded brothers George and William Penrose founded the Waterford Glass House in southeastern Ireland because Irish glass was exempt from steep British import duties. The two wanted to make fine-quality wares and hired artisans from England, including master glassmaker John Hill. The factory's flint glass, a precursor to lead crystal, soon won a clientele among British and continental aristocrats. On 1stDibs, shop a wide range of Waterford Crystal pieces.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 16, 2024
    Yes, Waterford crystal typically has value. However, how much a particular piece is worth will depend on its type, style, age, condition, rarity and the current demand for similar items. A certified appraiser or experienced dealer can give you an estimate as to how much a particular Waterford piece is worth. Find a variety of Waterford crystal on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 13, 2024
    To date Waterford crystal, look for the maker's mark. Since 1950, the brand has placed markings on discreet areas of its pieces. By comparing the mark on your crystal to images shared by trusted online sources, you can get a rough idea of how old your piece is. Alternatively, you can have a certified appraiser or experienced antiques dealer evaluate your piece. On 1stDibs, explore a wide range of Waterford crystal.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To tell if something is Waterford crystal, grab a magnifying glass and look for the maker's mark. Prior to 2000, the company acid-stamped all of their pieces with the word "Waterford." Crystal made after that have an acid stamp shaped like a seahorse. Shop a range of expertly vetted Waterford crystal on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To check if your Waterford Crystal is vintage, you can check to see if the sticker or foil is still on the piece. There will be a green seahorse logo for Waterford. Also, check the stem to see if the logo has been etched into the crystal. Find a collection of expertly vetted Waterford Crystal pieces from some of the world’s top reputable sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 27, 2024
    Whether Waterford Marquis crystal is lead crystal depends on its age. Waterford gradually phased out the use of lead in its crystal wear and completely eliminated the material in 2023. Pieces manufactured before that time may or may not be lead crystal. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of Waterford crystal ware.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, some pieces of Waterford crystal are now crafted in The House of Waterford Crystal in Waterford, Ireland. Most Waterford factories, however, are located in Eastern Europe. Shop a range of authentic Waterford crystal from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.

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