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Posted 3 years ago


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This is the oldest piece of Murano in my collection. It was manufactured by the Venice and Murano Co. circa 1898. It measures 5 1/2" h X 6"w and has 8 applied handles. The type of glass is chalcedony, a variegated opaque glass, red in transparency, with multicolored veins, in imitation of semiprecious stones like streaky agate, natural chalcedony, onyx, malachite, etc. It is obtained by mixing scraps of white opaline glass, colored opaline glass and crystal. Once the fusion is ended, a mixture of coloring compounds is added repeatedly, such as nitrate of silver (which also acts in matting), cobalt oxide, potassium dichromate, etc., that are dispersed by stirring the fusion. The streaking, caused by the oxides, is then further enhanced by the curving motion conferred by final blowing. The most ancient known specimens of chalcedony glass date back to the Roman age and were produced in Alexandria, while the first known mention of chalcedony dates to 1460. This type of glass was greatly successful between the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 16th century. Lorenzo Radi brought this glassmaking composition to life once more by presenting it at the Istituto Veneto in 1856, together with other vitreous pastes. I've never seen another early piece, but there are several examples in "Venetian Glass in the 1890s: Salviati at Stanford University" by Carol M. Osborne. Unfortunately, due to the reflective nature of the jar, my pics aren't the best.


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    It's a REAL STUNNER !!!!!
  2. welzebub welzebub, 3 years ago
  3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
    beautiful and love the handles!!
  4. Sergey Sergey, 3 years ago
    impression the magic of antiquity.
  5. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
    Soo impressed! Fantastic Rick, and clearly you know your stuff.
  6. antiquerose antiquerose, 3 years ago
    ~ W ~ O ~ W ~ ....... RICK.

    That is a stunner!! Great info you also posted with it. Your collection is just Drop Dead Stunning !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great Eyes there!!
  7. Mac63 Mac63, 3 years ago
    Now that is a nice piece of glass!
  8. Rick55 Rick55, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the kind comments and love Vetraio, Craig, Sean, Sergey, Karen, Rose and Mac, and thanks for the love Aghcollect, Iclubem, Paris and Mike, it's all appreciated.
  9. sklo42 sklo42, 3 years ago
    I love the glass itself, Rick, it's so elegant......but the handles are pure fun!!
  10. Rick55 Rick55, 3 years ago
    Thanks so much Peggy. The handles make the piece for me. Also, thanks for the love Ho2.
  11. Rick55 Rick55, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the love Smiata.
  12. inky inky, 3 years ago
    Love it...those handles are fantastic!!!...:-)
  13. Rick55 Rick55, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the comment and love Inky, and thanks for the love Fixitjmc, Florida and GlueChip it's all appreciated.
  14. Budek Budek, 3 years ago
    What an amazing piece, absolutely stunning!
  15. Rick55 Rick55, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the kind comment and love Budek, and thanks for the love Inky, Manikin, Ivonne.
  16. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 3 years ago
    thanks for sharing your great knowledge on Murano a wonderful glass
  17. Rick55 Rick55, 3 years ago
    Thanks so much Silvia... Murano glass was my first love before discovering Bohemian glass...
  18. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Incredible octopussy! Wow!!!
  19. Rick55 Rick55, 3 years ago
    I know Kyra right, it reminds me of one too! Thanks for the comment and love.
  20. surfdub66 surfdub66, 3 years ago
    What a cool jar !! Love it ;-)
  21. Rick55 Rick55, 3 years ago
    Thanks Surf, and thanks for the love Budek.

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