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Offline Leni

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A couple of new paperweights
« on: July 18, 2005, 04:54:29 PM »
Firstly, I recently acquired a rather interesting Murano paperweight, so I'm posting it here and on the Murano forum.  Apologies for repetition to anyone who (like me) reads both :roll:  

I had never seen a double overlay like this atributed to a Murano maker before and to be honest, I might not have believed my first instinct that they were definitely Murano canes if it hadn't had the label underneath.  

My family call it "the cup-cake paperweight" and I think you'll see why.  

First, to prove it's Murano, here's the label:

Then a couple of pics of the weight:

So can anybody tell me who might have made this one, and when?

I happen to think it's a rather nice example and was interested to read in the latest edition of the Paperweight Collectors Circle Newsletter an article entitled "Where do the best Murano go?"  Well, IMNSHO, one just came my way!   :D

Then I also have another mystery item.  I initially wondered if this one also was Murano, as the canes are slightly similar to some others I recognise, but I have a feeling it's not.   :?

It's quite crude in some ways, and the unpolished base would tend to produce the immediate response, "Oh, it must be Chinese"   :twisted:  But I just don't think the canes are Chinese, somehow.  

The style would seem to be copied from some of the antique style weights and I suppose it could come under that other catch-all, 'Bohemian', but I am not yet familiar enough with the various 'Bohemian' canes to be sure.  Anyone help out here?  

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Offline KevinH

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A couple of new paperweights
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2005, 08:33:10 PM »
Hi Leni,

1. Murano Double-Overlays

Sybille Jargstorf's Paperweights ... page 55 ... red over white overlay stated as 1988 and A.L.T. company. That's the only example I can come up with at the moment that speficies any details for these Murano versions of the overlay weights.

Paul Hollister Jr., in The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights, first edition 1969, gave only a brief and low-key reference to the type of weights entering the USA from Italy in those days. If there had been any Double-Overlays, I feel sure that book would have had the info. So, it's probably fair to say that the Murano versions were not around before the 1970s.

I have no information about other Murano companies making these weights, but a number have been seen in more recent years.

2. The "other" weight

The base finish does look to be Chinese - even down to the "indents" at the edge of the base which are seen in so many of them.

I agree that the canes do not, at first sight, look like usual Chinese, but maybe this if an indication of the gradual improvements that have often been discussed. The leaves and stem are also perhaps a slight improvement over some.

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