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Offline BobKegeles

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When is a crown a crown?
« on: Today at 07:26:47 AM »
This is probably a dumb question.

Does a paperweight have to have a center millefiori center top, to be considered a "crown"?

Or can I (reasonably) call any latticino that has vertical straight or spiral zanfirico or reticelo canes that come together at the center top, even without the millefiori center, a crown?

When I check definitions, they generally include the murine in the center.
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Re: When is a crown a crown?
« Reply #1 on: Today at 09:36:20 AM »

Hi.  I don't think there is any categoric answer to your question. Different people might well have different opinions, and there is no single absolute authority on paperweight terms - just 'common usage', which can vary from country to country!

For me, the key points of a crown are that there is a broadly spherical structure made of parallel staves (which may remain straight or be made with some twist).  The millefiori cane on top is just a practical means of hiding the join - but can add to the overall attractiveness if chosen carefully.  The Murano paperweights that are ovoid, with a loose latticino spiral, would not count as crowns for me, for example.

I have attached images of two paperweights from my 'Murano project' pages, which - to me - are a crown, with a millefiori centre, and a spiral.  Others may not agree!

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Re: When is a crown a crown?
« Reply #2 on: Today at 09:48:58 AM »
Hi Bob,

'What constitutes a crown?' Good question. I must admit I have never asked myself that but I agree with Alan's definition.

IMHO, I do not think that there needs to be a millefiori 'to crown the weight' so as to make it a crown: it can have a bubble, a lamp work (flowers are quite common) or nothing at all.

I have attached pictures of three crowns that show the various options that I mentioned above (although the crown by Eugenio Ferro is their take on the idea and may not be regarded as an example of a classic crown).

I'd be interested to see what people think.




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