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!
Simple and beautiful! They’re shape is so dramatic they don’t need anything else to make them look stunning. Via Wolfe Rizor Interiors.
The word demijohn is French and is used to describe any large, narrow-necked bottle that is used to hold liquid. The antique 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 antiques are most often green.
A collection massed together in this kitchen is stunning. I would love to have this many! 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. Since almost any large bottle can hover around $100, why not get one with more character?!
You can see I also display a few on the fireplace hearth. The large one with the writing is a reproduction, while the wicker covered one next to it is vintage.
This room full of all kinds of antique bottles in different shapes is amazing! via Country Living magazine.
Most of the examples I’m showing are vintage, but I’ve seen reproductions at TJ Maxx and Home Goods, online catalogs, even Magnolia! Yes, Joanna Gaines is a fan, too!
Here I used one of mine in a tablescape for fall.
Via Fixer Upper. These are reproduction but the labels do add some extra oomph.
Photo by Sjoerd Eickmans. I love the drama they add!
This is one I recently purchased. Originally I thought I only wanted the larger ones, but I’m loving it’s smaller size.
I would never have thought to use them in a bathroom, but I love this! Via Better Homes and Gardens.
A grouping on the coffee table last summer.
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!
And, as I mentioned above, they are carried by the likes of Ballard Designs and Pottery Barn now, as well. 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 at how some of the repros are more expensive than the real antiques! But either way, I have bought both and own both and 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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