Murano Glass Store

Effective today, June 24, 2017, we have closed the Murano Glass ecommerce portion of the website after almost 15 years.  The Murano Glass Forums are still up and running, and we will occasionally post on  on this blog. Thank you to all our customers and forum members who have contributed to the adventure of running a Murano glass business!

Tornado in Venice?!

An amazing Video from the Daily Telegraph, showing a tornado in Venice, luckily no one was injured.
The embedded video is in the link below.

The tornado roared through Sant’Erasmo island in Venice’s lagoon on Tuesday, ripping the roofs off at least 12 buildings, media reports said.

A funnel cloud was clearly visible from the centre of the town and from its canals, Youreporter and Venice Municipality video showed.

The tornado caused major damage in several islands off the Venice lagoon, including Sant’Elena and Certosa islands, where many trees were uprooted, reports said.

Dozens of small sailing ships were smashed in the port of Sant’Elena.

No injuries were reported, the Municipality of Venice said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9327261/Tornado-sweeps-across-Venice.html

Vintage Murano Glass Auction – June 9th 2012

From the NY Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/31/ga…ne-9.html?_r=1

Frank Toskan, a founder of MAC Cosmetics, spent about two decades amassing his collection of Murano art glass, and on June 9, Wright in Chicago will auction it off.

“It really spans the entire 20th century, right up to some contemporary pieces,” said Richard Wright, the owner of the auction house. “It has a few super-rare, high-flying lots, but also a really uniform quality. They’re perfectly executed, or rare colors, or better than average examples the entire way through.”

The auction will offer more than 150 pieces, including an orange and green intarsio vase by Ercole Barovier for Barovier & Toso from 1963 (estimate: $15,000 to $20,000), left, and a blue rilievi vase by Carlo Scarpa for Venini from 1935 (estimate: $30,000 to $40,000).

Information: (312) 563-0020 or wright20.com.

Vetri Murano numbers

Crossposting from the Forums, we are pleased to announce that Promovetro, the current Murano Glass Consortium (www.muranoglass.com) and successor to the Vietri Murano (VM) program, shared a list of Vetri Murano numbers that they have compiled.

For  readers who are not collectors of vintage Murano glass, Vietri  Murano used a clear plastic label with a specific numbering sequence to identify which member company on the island made a particular piece of glass, to prevent counterfeiting.  Vietri  Murano eventually closed, taking with it all of their documentation and records.  Today, the VM label is a reliable way of identifying vintage glass, but there has been discussion over the years on which number belongs to which company.  Members of the forum have taken the time to research many of the numbers, but holes remained. The information provided by Promovetro will help collectors worldwide.

Below is an example of a Vietri Murano label.

The forum thread about the Vietri Murano numbers is here and the  Murano Label Library has many other labels and signatures.

Chihuly Venetians

A slideshow of some of the most recent work by Murano’s prodigal son, Dale Chihuly, currently exhibiting at  the Foothills Art Center, in Golden, Colorado.  The “Gilded Putti in Leaves with Swan”  and “Translucent Blue Putti Venetian with Gilt Leaves and Dragons” are impressive and seem to be a new,  softer direction that recalls some of the traditional glass themes of Murano.   The vases are a eclectic mix of both old and new styles,   for example a  spiked vase design seen in previous exhibits, but adorned with with a cherub.

The exhibit runs through June 30th.

200+ Murano Labels!

If you don’t frequent the forums, you may not be aware of how difficult attributing Vintage Murano glass can be at times.  One of the best ways to identify a particular piece of glass is via a label or signature, which easily identifies an artist or company, and gives a rough idea of when it was made.

Despite the amount of books on the subject, many times a signature or label has remained unidentified.   Over the past few years, in an effort to
better collaborate and share, collectors have been contributing photos of signatures and labels for the Murano Label Library which just passed a milestone of more than 200 images!

Thanks to all who have contributed images and knowledge!

Murano Paperweights

Just added a new set of Murano Paperweights, made by some of the best regarded paperweight artisans on the island!  Graduations and Fathers Day is just around the corner, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. 🙂

Antique & Auction News Article

Some good news, I was recently interviewed for an article in Antique & Auction News, about identifying fake or misidentified Murano Glass and the forums are prominently mentioned. It was just published today. The article will be online until the 2nd.

What’s In A Name – Identifying True Murano Glass

Thanks to everyone on the Murano Glass Forums boards whose expertise, knowledge and ideas I have come to rely upon. Without their comments and research, this would not have happened.  The interview lasted about an hour, and I realized that it wasn’t nearly enough, but I would say that the author took pains to ensure that the article was correct. Any errors or omissions are most assuredly mine 🙂

Jennifer Connelly and Murano

This is a few months old, but funny nonetheless.  Jennifer Connelly recounts her visit to Murano and Jimmy Fallon’s warped sense of humor and timing is great. I posted it in the forum, but not on the blog.

http://www.aoltv.com/2011/01/12/italy-glassblowing-lost-in-translation-jennifer-connelly/