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Murano and Italian Art Glass1232 of 1320??MURANO ITALIAN ART GLASS MILLEFIORI VASE?? Interesting but what is it ?
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Posted 7 years ago

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This is a combo set. Old and new. My first trip abroad in the ninties was to Venice because I loved the glass. I was able to go cheaply. Total trip less than a grand for 10 days including food and gifts. God, wish fares and hotels were that cheap now...lol. See, I had bought the two cornucopia vases and was curious who made them and when. That was the reason for the trip. The cornucopia shape is pretty rare and often has grapes as the base and not dolphins. I found the factory which made it and was immediately led by the manager to a back private museum room. He explained to me that they were made about 1700 in the ruby color and the design dates back to earlier and he shows me a nearly identical piece in white with a blue edge which was one of the first that his factory had made back in that 1700 time frame. I was surprised to learn how early the dolphin design was made. I have seen tons of compotes, glasses, sherberts etc. in the dolphin design. So he explains that the ruby color in simple pulled rib (as opposed to quilted) was made for a short period between 1650 and 1750. He then proceeds to try and sell me the cornucopia white vase at $3000 and then many other pieces in this unbelievable, not open to the public room. I scrambled fast to figure a way out at this point because he thinks I am some grossly well heeled individual. After all, I have a pair of old cornucopia vases don't I. He sends in reinforcements. The girl who most resembles Sophia Loren but only 22. Gorgeous with an accent which could make any man salivate and a body and personality to match. Now I was nervous on many levels. I did my best and finally was able to leave. Finally, back in the small public shop praising Jesus I was let go without maxing out a credit card. I was also unsure wheteher or not young Sophia didn't have sex with me without ever touching me. Just as I am nearly recovered, Miss Sophia comes into the public store. She whispers to one of the clerks and then Sophia disappears back into the private locked area again. The clerk a plump fiftyish woman with a most friendly face and demeaner motions me to a cabinet. She says for me to stay. She bends down and opens the bottom of the cabinet and pulls out the centerpiece in the photos. She says the made the centerpiece in the forties or fifties. The only difference is that the dolphin is atop a ball. She says she was told to sell it to me for $30 by the manager. I was thrilled and prize the piece as the originals. I also cherish memories of the whole experience.


  1. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
    I love Venetian Glass-- thanks for sharing. I have several posts with Venetian glass as well. When you have a chance take a look.

  2. retro597, 7 years ago
    Thx Dean, Love the fact you can make a living immersed in the glory of Venetian Glass. Nothing like it in the world. Wish I had the monetary funds and ceiling height to have one of the ruby chandeliers in my dining room.
  3. ItalianGlassDecor ItalianGlassDecor, 6 years ago
    HI Retro

    Your comments about the glory of venetian glass are spot on the mark. Having a set such as this in PRISTINE condition is as rare as hens teeth so whatever you do, look after them. There are only 2 or 3 furances left in Venice that are adept exponents of this most difficult of items, one being Salviati and 2 others.


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