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Post by Spencerline on October 23rd 2011, 5:55 pm

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This is the biggest of these vases I have ever seen at 14 inch tall and ver heavy at over 3.5 KG or over 8lbs. Near the handle at the top is a tiny mark where the tongs must have touched this monster.
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Post by Nic on October 23rd 2011, 10:44 pm

I'd say that Mandruzzato or Oball would be a better bet.
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Post by Spencerline on October 23rd 2011, 10:56 pm

Nic wrote:I'd say that Mandruzzato or Oball would be a better bet.

Hi Nic thanks for your input, the vase is a 1950s organic form of a very high quality I have seen and handled quite a few of these with various quality but this ones rich cobalt blue and all round quality is the best I have seen.
I do not know much about the Mandruzzato factory except I have seen the faceted pieces I associate with the 60s and 70s. and Oball I know nothing about. What makes you suspect the vase could be from them? Kev
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Post by Nic on October 23rd 2011, 11:16 pm

The colour doesn't strike me as very Seguso (deep blue Seguso items I've had have tended to be a little more... greyed... in tone).

Mandruzzato and Oball are more prone to these big bold colours, and have been churning out this shape to a decent standard for probably more than 25-30 years.
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Post by Spencerline on October 23rd 2011, 11:29 pm

Hi Nic I have been checking out the Oball stuff and it is definatley not from there their vases I have seen many are a lower quality 2nd division stuff and they tend to be flatter this is almost full round and top quality.

I have a small vase identical shape in a red colour 5 inch tall with light blue sommerso that is a seguso piece and the body is the same shape as the monster exactly the same proportions.
Mandruzzato seems a better quality than Oball but I have been unable to find anything remotely similar in shape or colour.

Whoever made it was a 1st division glass maker, I bought it 18 or 20 years ago from a dealer in Germany. Kev
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Post by Nic on October 23rd 2011, 11:58 pm

Earlier Oball was top-notch. It was founded in 1978 by Luigi Onesto - the go-to guy for sommerso work for a few factories before he started his own furnace. Contemporary Oball is generally less-inspiring unless you go for their short-run items designed primarily for galleries.

They seem to only be making them in mixed colours now: http://www.oball.com/foto/95.jpg

Mandruzzato still have this shape in their current catalogue - although it's a much smaller version.

http://www.mandruzzato.ve.it/ProdPerFoto_Eng.asp?Cat=51
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Post by Spencerline on October 24th 2011, 12:09 am

Hi Nic thanks for the pics, the shape of all these vases is different and is the same as the other examples that I have found being flatter. The piece I have is a lot rounder in the body as is the 5" tall piece I have which is definate seguso.
I have seen these flatter type vases as a friend of mine in the UK collects art glass too and he has a few, he also has a few seguso vases too and they are all fuller in the body although as you say the colour of his biggest seguso vase is a greyish or subdued brown as I recall but the Seguso vases have a smaller base too regardless of how big they are as the balance of the vase is better. Kev


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