Need Help Identifying Murano ? Glass Centerpiece

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Need Help Identifying Murano ? Glass Centerpiece

Post by mjron on November 25th 2013, 11:56 pm

Hi Everyone,

I have this large blown glass centerpiece that I assume is Murano.  It measures 18" by 15" and is upturned at one side. First, is it absolutely Murano?  and does anyone have a clue as to maker?  It is unsigned, but has wear to the rim of the base consistent with a piece of some age.

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Post by Nic on November 26th 2013, 1:02 am

It looks to be made using the incalmo technique, where two separate glass hemispheres of identical diameter are joined together whilst semi-molten - this would be consistent with glass made on Murano, and not a terribly common production method outside of it.

I can't help very much with pinning down the maker, although the blue-green colour is quite similar to one used frequently by Alfredo Barbini in the 1960s-80s and he wasn't averse to a bit of incalmo design. Could be a possible route to explore?
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Post by mjron on November 26th 2013, 1:30 am

Thanks Nic,

I'll see if more research on Barbini designs helps. I must admit that without a signature, it becomes difficult as often different Murano designers used common techniques. I think that there was quite a bit cross pollination on Murano.

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Post by Nic on November 26th 2013, 10:48 am

There was a lot of outright plundering of designs, too - even amongst the well-known and apparently reputable firms.

I've had, in the past, a signed Cenedese incalmo vase that was identical to a slightly earlier Venini design but for a tweak of the order in which colours were used (the originals were clear-bodied with an amethyst rim, the Cenedese copies were vice-versa).

Add to that the fact that the big Murano factories' ownerships have been passed around the island like hot potatoes, constantly merging and dividing amongst themselves, with the back-catalogues often being reproduced and rebranded by the new owner.

So it often can become best-guess without markings or knowledge of a source.
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Post by mjron on November 26th 2013, 2:07 pm

Thanks again for your expertise, Nic. It's always nice discussing items with someone who possesses some depth of knowledge regarding the subject at hand.

Best regards,

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