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Murano and Italian Art Glass1221 of 1315Murano glass small vase,  1 1/2 inchMurano sommerso vase, unknown designer and factory
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Posted 6 years ago

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I do need some help with this piece.
I have an idea or two about its identity, but I am not sure and would invite some comment.
He came from the Rozelle flea market six months or so ago and was just lying on the ground on a piece of canvas on his side.

I suppose he is a paperweight. He is very tactile, weighty and is 12 cm tall ( about 4.7 inches). I pick him up like you'd pick up a chess piece.

I like the way that his face is 'suggested' and the hands are placed in prayer. As you move around it there are different features revealed on his face. He has gold “avventurina” flecks in his tonsured hair and to the edges of his wrists. The cassock is ”a bolle’ which suggests the lace over the plain black surplice. Note the edge of the of the cassock has a clear trim as well.
I think it is a clever piece of glass sculpture.
At the moment he is placed next to a Finnish candle for Xmas.
I keep the decorations to a minimum.

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  1. ozmarty ozmarty, 6 years ago
    Just a guess but how about Barovia??
    This is just a fun piece I found while seaching
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Thanks BELLIN68 and ozmarty too!
    Fernando Botero is one of my favourite Italian artists, marty! Well picked!
  3. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
    That's a lovely one. Such a pity I haven't got a clue about what it can be :(
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Thanks austrohungaro!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    It's a wooden one! Many thaks mon amie scandinavian_pieces!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Other candlesticks Robert Welsh on the table with the cracked Lalique coquilles. I got another boxed Welsh in a different form a couple of weeks ago!
    I'm thinking of having a candlestick moment.
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Thanks Dean and Amie! Dino, can you have a look too at the sommerso I have?

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