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: http://tinypic.com/90mufr.jpg
Then a couple of pics of the weight: http://tinypic.com/90mw79.jpg http://tinypic.com/90mwi8.jpg
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!
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?
Pics follow: http://tinypic.com/90n2vk.jpg http://tinypic.com/90n30i.jpg http://tinypic.com/90n33a.jpg