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Some Italian from a "Czech" Household.... Another Side of my Glass Collecting

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    Posted 3 years ago

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    So when Scott posted a Mandruzzato vase the other day it prompted me to dig out some pics of some of my Italian glass.... I have had an interest in Italian glass for a very long time.... but I have thinned it down a bit.

    The first image has a vase like Scott's. It is my version of the vase in a color scheme I worked to assemble the table grouping in, for many years..... It is also shown in the last pic, but the colors in the grouping are much more accurate.

    Although I have thinned down a bit, all of the pieces in these pics are remaining in my collection. The Red/Orange/Vaseline is a grouping which took about 6 years to assemble, as I wanted unique and special pieces in a décor which is not all that easy to find to begin with.... Mandruzzato, Cenedese, Seguos, Galliano Ferro, and Barbini are the companies know to be represented. There are a couple of pieces in the group, that to this day remain unidentified.

    The pair of blue opalescent Cenedese examples in the second image are still with me, as is the basket between them. In the case of that pair, it took me almost 5 years to find the second one after I bought the first..... The style of glass is not all that easy to find, and then to find a mate to my first required a monumental amount of persistence and patience..... which always pays of whether looking to buy, or looking for research information. And.... as many here know, I love love love pairs....

    The large vase on the 1930's motorized teardrop Art Deco display table is massive at 22lb and standing 21 inches tall. I have shown it to many experts in Italian glass, and some opinions are that it is a Flavio Poli design, and was likely blown by Archimede Seguso as an exhibition piece. It is the single largest piece of Italian glass I have ever seen. It consists of a blue interior, the thinnest sommerso layer of cranberry I have ever seen, and a thick clear outer layer. An auction find that I was thrilled to buy many years ago in a crowd of people that did not know what they were looking at.....

    The table was an antique show find and had a very bad acrylic top on it, so I had the top replaced with a custom made slab of 2 inch cast acrylic in the same size and shape.... Just thicker..... It is one of my favorite Art Deco items, and was an old store display. It has a motor and switch, and when turned on the support and the top rotate on a platter that is set in the base.... Art Deco at it's finest.... and it just screams Flash Gordon!!

    I have other key pieces of Italian I have hung on to also...... can't let go of all the good stuff !!

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    1. antiquerose antiquerose, 3 years ago
      How Lovely Craig!! What a group of SUNSHINE colors in that first photo!!

      collection = Addiction, but Good Addiction!! Glad we all share the same love
    2. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Exceptional collection Craig, and wonderful photos.
      Being a colour fiend I adore the colourful group (wow!) but it's your opalescent pair I am drooling over. Sigh.
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Enjoy everything here! Beautiful and love the blue in #2 and that red vase in #4. And the table - wonderful!
    4. welzebub welzebub, 3 years ago
      Thanks for all the loves.... and nice comments.

      Yes Rose, I think the word collection was invented by someone with an addiction to cover up their illness :-)

      Karen, the blue pair are even more luscious in person. I have never been able to photograph them to show their color all that well. The first group is honestly one of my favorite groupings of glass I have ever had..... The vaseline glass is so intense in many of them that strong sunlight makes them glow on a table!! That shot was with natural light only... and very little editing afterwards. Also one of my favorite glass pics I have ever taken.
    5. Gillian, 3 years ago
      The blue trio is mesmerizing, (in a mysterious way, making you want to keep looking - Cambridge English dictionary.)

      It's an extraordinary grouping. May I ask how you purchased the item in the middle - for sure however much packaging there was, one of those beautiful finely curved pieces would be broken.

      Loveliest things I've seen this week.
    6. welzebub welzebub, 3 years ago
      The middle piece was a purchase at an antique show we used to go to every year, so it was carried home by hand. :-)

      In order to buy one of those online, the seller would have to sell lots of glass and have high feedback before I would trust them to actually be able to ship it and have it arrive in one piece. :-)
    7. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Great glass, craig.

      My glass collecting is all over the board-- I just can't seem to focus on one style (czech, deco, victorian, venetian, etc...). One thing I have been able to do recently is focus more on quality vs. quantity.

      Thanks again for the help on the Mandruzzato vase.

    8. Rick55 Rick55, 3 years ago
      What a great collection Craig, each pic with something different. I've never seen so many of the yellow/orange pieces in one place, and I'm crazy about your stand! Not only does it look fantastic, it rotates too... Wow!

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