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Murano and Italian Art Glass181 of 1579 Fratelli Toso Ruby Somerso Murano 50's-60's Centerpiece Murano Venini Fish Vase
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    Posted 3 years ago

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    This was love at first site, the glass colors are wonderful, but my impression is this is a recent glass product, not that it matters. I saw another similar one in a red glass combination.

    With attribution comes much information, labels, and background stories. From the glass messages site discussion in 2007, some comment excerpts about this producer/importer.
    " I am happy to hear that Jordan's Importing Company is finally getting the recognition it deserves. Many times I see my father's work attributed to other artists of that time because they do not know the maker.
    My father, Jack Blanco designed all of the glass. He had a partner, Spartaco Colelli in Venice who took care of the manufacturing.
    My father opened a beautiful showroom on the corner of 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue. He hired a decorator and had a cocktail party to show the new designer glass. The showroom was all glass with windows on two sides. It was magnificent. We had never seen anything like it. My father had exceptional taste and was always before his time."
    "I might have some second hand info on this...
    I recently bought 1 piece, that is clearly Alfredo Barbini, and it has the J.I. Co. label.
    it is a very nice Black, White and Gold Seashell (which I collect) and is clearly Barbini, so I think the J.I. Co. imported pieces from Barbini as well. I dont think that ALL the pieces were designed by the owner like the daughter says. im sure most pieces were in fact made by his partner, but they also imported pieces from Fratelli Toso, and now Barbini (specially from that shell I got)."
    "This is good to hear. I recently saw a bowl that I had considered to be Fratelli Toso with a JI Co label on it. I sold a couple of these bowls a few months ago, so I was concerned when I saw the gondola label on one of them. I am still concerned that I misattributed the bowls -- something I don't like to do, but unfortunately have done a few times."

    My conclusion is that often even direct family members don't know the whole story, basing conclusions on what they believe the facts are is just as questionable, unless there is a complete piece of documentation included. Museums are also good sources, if they keep accurate records of their pieces such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

    The TV show Antique Roadshow had many situations that they broadcasted, when pieces were traditionally handed down from generation to generation with a good story which turned out to be false. I don't think the purpose of the family information was meant to deceive, but reflected an irresistable urge to embellish over time for the younger family member's enjoyment.

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    1. Alan2310 Alan2310, 3 years ago
      Murano, I use to have one Red and this one Green, with Label, unfortunately i can't find the pictures of it, i want to share the label on the FB Murano group year ago and remember look all my memory card, no where to be found, i still have some portable HD to look at, ;-)
    2. DuDa DuDa, 3 years ago
      It is Murano made. It is from JICo and was part of the 1473 assortment of bowls they offered. It was produced ca. 1960.
    3. truthordare truthordare, 3 years ago
      This is great information Alain and DuDa, happy you agree it is Murano, I was told it was by seller, but always skeptical, when so much glass is not Murano.

      I am going to change the status to solved here on CW, and look into it further. Thank you so much!
    4. DuDa DuDa, 3 years ago
      I have it shown on a ca. 1960 JICo catalog page.
    5. truthordare truthordare, 3 years ago
      That is great, my next move it to find catalog pages that shows how old they are. Would never have guessed the 60s. Thanks again for your generous information. :-)
    6. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 3 years ago
      Alan, I just wanted to say that I have the same issue as you do. I do or have done so much research, document what I've found and loose the darn card or whatever I've put it on!!! And of course I can remember some of the details, all the time spent on it and never where I put it!!! haha Some filing system I have and alas, one day in the future, I know it will pop up!

      This is a gorgeous dish, I love it!
    7. DuDa DuDa, 3 years ago
      As I said, I have the catalog page. You should join the large Murano group on FaceBook.
    8. truthordare truthordare, 3 years ago
      DuDa, I have joined that glass group and many others on Facebook. Does that mean I can see the catalog page there? Thanks.
    9. DuDa DuDa, 3 years ago
      Yes, showing in that group will most often show book and catalog pages for documentation when they are available.
    10. truthordare truthordare, 3 years ago
      Thank you for all the comments and the loves, it's always worthwhile to participate here on CW, when members and friends show you their appreciation.

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