here is the conversation that Anita had mentioned (which, i hardly think qualifies me as an expert but, thank you just the same
: "Bidda, today I ran across another vase that is probably by Testolini that has the same shape as your vase. The one in the link is a filigrana piece, but the shape reminds me of Salviati's granziola pieces, too. Have you been able to find an exact match for your vase? The link to the Testolini vase is http://www.great-glass.co.uk/shops/shop1-1.htm
Anita, thanks for that link! the shapes of the Testolini and Salviati vases are, indeed, very very similar. i was not too familiar with Testolini so i did a little digging and came up with this "The Testolini company was a large retailer of Italian textiles and lace in Venice during the late nineteenth century. Expanding into Venetian glass, in 1910 his firm absorbed the Compagnia Venezi - Murano (CVM). In 1920 Testolini merged with Pauly & Co., which is still in business." on http://www.margolisandmoss.com/cgi-bin/margolis/results.html?searchfield=cat1%2Ccat2%2Ccat3%2Ccat4%2Ccat5%2Ccat6%2Ccat7%2Ccat8&searchspec1=Photography&sortby=pricedes
i thought the lace/latticino connection was particularly interesting.
on another site i found only one mention of Testolini with an image of an opalescent/opalino/opaline/opal
stem (on pg. 242) http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/attachments/bulletin/3_p149_256.pdf
and the caption (which is written in Dutch but, when plugged into babel fish comes out almost understandable) "jumbo derrick eel of opaak blank and zachtblauw glass. H. 30.5 cm, diam. 14.9 cm. venetiÃ«, approximately 1880-1895, possibly salviati & co. The model, finishing with the remarkable, swung back, getordeerde in two flowers, prevents tribe in illustrated current, briefly appeared in 1889, or afterwards, of the firma M.Q. Testolini. These had established to the San Marcoplein in venetiÃ«; the only well-known copy of the aware current is himself in a private collectie in that city. Testolini had involved much glass of the boasted firma Salviati & co. (since 1877 confessed as the Venice & Murano glasses Company Ltd.), but had sold also to work of other venetiaanse glasblazerijen (with thanks to drs. Reino Liefkes). origin: Verz. Joh. Rolling up; Kunsth. Frides LamÃ©ris, Amsterdam. Purchase with money given by JaffÃ©-Pierson the foundation, 2000 (inv.nr. bk-2000-1)." if i understand it correctly Testolini was somehow associated with Salviati for a time? i'm not sure, at this point if Testolini produces and/or imported/retailed art glass. do you have more information on them?...
to answer your question, though, no, i have yet to find an exact match for my tiny vase.
(here is a photo of my tiny vase for reference http://www.glasscache.com/Pop_ViewProdImage.asp?phid=75
Svazzo, i'm not positive by i believe that Seguso's "lace" was called Merletto, not Marletto which would explain the confusion.
i believe that Salviati also had a technique called Merletto (which just means "lace" in Italian)... in fact, here's an example http://www.great-glass.co.uk/library/lib4aa.htm
(about mid-page, second to last Salviati piece shown). Harrtil also had a Merletto technique which was similar to Seguso's but very intricate and precise. http://www.glasscache.com/Pop_ViewProdImage.asp?phid=433
hope that's helpful to someone
have a great night, everyone,