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Offline ckscot

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Possible Barovier and Toso bowl?
« on: January 24, 2008, 04:39:45 PM »
I bought this at my local auction yesterday.  It had a handwritten sticker saying "Barovier & Toso 1950's Murano Bowl with Gold".  I know, I know.....these kinds of stickers are notoriously unreliable.  BUT, other stickers from the same seller seemed to check out, so I thought I'd take a chance!

So I'm wondering what the experts on this site think of it.  Might the attribution be correct? If so, would it be considered a good piece? Might Ercole Barovier have created it, or were there plenty of other designers there? If not correct, then any ideas who might have made it?

It measures about 9 " in diameter (23 cm).  It has a rough pontil with a looped raised base.  The black background emphasises the gold, in ordinary light it seems much more transparent (see photo 4) -and the gold looks a bit like the marks left when you remove sticky tape that's been on  a surface for a while.

many thanks, Iain
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Re: Possible Barovier and Toso bowl?
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2008, 11:09:18 PM »
I think the bowl... it is very nice.... may be circa 1930's

just by the style... there are more knowledgeable people on the board who can give a better attribution than me.


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Re: Possible Barovier and Toso bowl?
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2008, 04:33:25 PM »
Fairly "Generic" mid-century Murano glass, which could have been made by anyone, including companies you've never heard of. Pretty enough to always sell well, but not particularly interesting to serious collectors.


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Re: Possible Barovier and Toso bowl?
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2008, 06:33:47 PM »
Thanks for your views.  Generic Murano sounds a fair description! Fortunately I like the look of it, so its attribution isn't critical, but it will find its way onto Ebay eventually I expect.
Regards, Iain
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Offline Laura Friedman

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Re: Possible Barovier and Toso bowl?
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2008, 06:46:23 PM »
BTW: that's not to say that it isn't by Barovier, Seguso, or another one of the important companies, just that it's such a common design that without having a label or catalogue photo, a definite attribution is next to impossible.


 

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