We’re smitten with antique demijohns’ oversized scale and vintage charm and the way they can add drama to any space. Find out ways to decorate with them as well where to find them!
I’m sure you’re familiar with these bottles, even if you didn’t actually know the name for them. Antique demijohns have grown immensely popular in the last several years. So much so that reproductions abound. You know when the chain stores start copying them that they have morphed into a full-fledged trend!
I wrote about my love for these charming bottles a couple of years ago (I mean, I love wine and antiques, so what could be better than something that marries the two?!) However, I got a lot of questions from readers about where to find them, and I didn’t really touch on that in the original post, so today I’m revisiting them!
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This room full of all kinds of antique bottles in different shapes is amazing! Via Country Living magazine.
The word demijohn is French and is used to describe any large, narrow-necked bottle used to hold liquid. Antique or vintage demijohns are from Europe and were most often used to transport or store wine. Sometimes they are still covered with their original wicker, but often times they are not.
I love when they have painting of wine names on them, or when the original label is attached! They come in a myriad of colors, but the antique ones are most often green.
A demijohn sits in pride of place on the counter. Design by Shea McGee via Studio McGee.
A collection massed together in this kitchen is stunning. Via Farmhouse Manduria.
Aren’t they charming?!
Now many of the demijohns you see nowadays are actually reproductions, which isn’t surprising since the authentic ones are a little pricey. I like any bottle, even a new, green, pretending-to-be-old one since I love using them in decorating. However, the old ones have imperfections and glass bubbles that do give them much more character. For that reason, I prefer to use an actual vintage one when I can.
And since almost any large bottle can hover around $100, why not get one with more character?!
Via Les Fleurs.
This outdoor display is so unique. Design by Lara McGraw via Style at Home.
Most of the examples I’m showing are vintage, but I’ve seen reproductions at TJ Maxx and Home Goods, online catalogs, Pottery Barn, Wayfair, and even Magnolia. Yes, Joanna Gaines is a fan, too!
And if you get a reproduction that’s made with recycled glass, they look much better as they have bubbles and imperfections, all of which help to make them look more authentic.
Photo by Sjoerd Eickmans.
This is one I recently purchased. Originally I thought I only wanted the larger ones, but I’m actually loving it’s smaller size.
Elsie Green is one of my favorite online antiques sources, and they always carry a lovely assortment.
And I’m crazy for the wicker ones! Unlike the glass versions, they add lots of yummy texture which I’m a sucker for.
One of my favorite wicker wrapped bottles in a winter display on the kitchen table.
Love them massed on this mantel! Via Bungalow Blue Interiors.
So the next question is, where to find them? The antiques can be expensive, especially if they are in an antique store or a site like 1st Dibs. However, I have gotten some at flea markets for very good prices. I was also lucky enough to find a couple when we went to Provence a couple of years ago. My husband wasn’t too thrilled about the prospect of carrying them home on the airplane, but the price couldn’t be beat!
Believe it or not, Pottery Barn is one of the places you can sometimes find them. And they aren’t reproductions (though they may have those, too). They carry actual vintage ones, usually fairly reasonably. And then, there is always Etsy or Ebay. I find Etsy to be an amazing source for all things vintage!
I’ve included both vintage and reproduction here, just so you can see the price differences. You might be surprised that some of the repros are equal to, or even more expensive than, the real antiques!
But either way, I think if you buy what you love, you can’t go wrong. It’s really about the drama that a large bottle or vase adds to a table or vignette, and that can be accomplished with either.
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