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Author Topic: Candlestick - could this be Italian? Florentine? or Chinese?  (Read 1491 times)

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Whole view of candlestick... http://yobunny.org.uk/gallery1/displayimage.php?pos=-204
Closeup of base... http://yobunny.org.uk/gallery1/displayimage.php?pos=-205

About 5" tall, and the base is 3" in diameter. No sign of wear on the bottom. Any ideas as to age and maker please?

Any thoughts on this one please? Is it contemporary? I'd love to be able to know where it's from...

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Candlestick - could this be Italian? Florentine? or Chinese?
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2005, 09:35:08 AM »
Anne - Your pictures are a little dark on my monitor but from what I can see I say Italian.

The twist stem and how it attaches to the clear ball looks identical to the twist stem glasses which some one  :?:  posted here and most agreed were generic Italian, not Murano.

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Candlestick - could this be Italian? Florentine? or Chinese?
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2005, 03:33:16 PM »
I have no idea at all other than a few comments:

1. It seems to be made in probably three main parts - moulded stem with applied hand-formed foot and with either a hand-worked or pressed "holder" section

2. The "holder" section appears to be of a clearer glass than the tinted other parts.

3. The loop handles seem to me to be rather out of proportion to the rest of the piece.

Very odd!
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Candlestick - could this be Italian? Florentine? or Chinese?
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2005, 01:06:04 AM »
Connie, thanks for your thoughts... I feel it's Italian rather than Murano also. The stem reminds me of the glasses which (I think it was Ivo who said) were Florence/Empoli rather than Venice/Murano.

Kev, It is made in three main parts as you say. The holder and the ball below it are perfectly clear and appear to be made from one piece of glass. There are no mould marks at all. The bottom of the clear part which is inside the coloured twisted part is a sort of pointed ovoid shape - by holding it up to a light I can see the edge of the clear glass.  The twisted stem/foot and the handles are a light amethyst colour.. All the glass is very "clean" looking (this is the only way I can describe it... not dull looking at all).

Thanks to everyone for your thoughts so far. It's still a mystery, but may now be an Italian mystery.  :lol:  (BTW If you click the larger picture it opens a slightly larger one again - good to see more detail.)

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