Good afternoon everyone,
I just had to comment, after visiting a website that had been posted by Leni in another thread I had commented on. Being a new (3 years of collecting)
art glass and paperweight collector, this website just made me more frustrated and aware of so many Chinese fakes being produced! Especially since I primarily focus
on Murano art glass and PWs. I honestly enjoy the Italian Murano form of glass due to its free form designs and beautifully detailed craftsmanship. I also respect the
fact that the craft has been preserved through many generations of devoted, talented artisans! This is something, that I believe, seems to be slipping away in many
of our global cultures, especially the more modernized ones. So, I thought I had found an affordable hobby that I could get personal satisfaction from, because of
the one-of-a-kind nature in Art Glass of all kinds. Let me also emphasize affordable
. Unless you have to have hand-signed classics from the masters, I found
that Murano is actually not too heavy on the wallet, if you use common sense and really HUNT!
My undertaking of this hobby began, due to a chronic pain ailment that afflicted me suddenly and took a career away from me, that I actually loved doing. I spent the last 12 years of my life designing, programming, and manufacturing electronic microcircuits and controllers for John Deere. When I had no choice but to go on long term disability, I needed to find a way to use my time and "mind", being the type "A" personality that God happen to make me. I can spend hours in a thrift shop or antique mall, weeding out all of the "junk" to find that one "treasure" that no one else saw or even knew what it was! I am sure some of you here know what I mean............
It is great "therapy" for me to research a new find, and try to identify the time period and maker of each piece. I have even made $$ selling some pieces I found, to
buy the glass I want. And it's just FUN!
Now, to the issue at hand. When you look at this site http://www.cnexpot.com/abglasweb/zxgp35.htm
to see how many pieces of art glass are being copied
and produced by Chinese manufacturers. I have seen some websites from other copycat manufacturers, but nothing this vast! I guess it helps to look through these to help weed out the fake from the real, but where is the limit? And, as you can see, 99% of the impostors are aping Murano art glass. I know why they are doing it,as Murano is a highly desirable, reputable brand. But, is there nothing the Italian manufacturers can do to protect their designs? It just seems like a shame to me that
the Chinese are allowed to do this. It has to have an impact on Muranos sales and reputation, doesn't it? As you look deeper into the website, you can see that it is not just art glass they are copying. I suppose nothing is sacred anymore! And IMHO, the Chinese gov't will stop at nothing to better them selves financially. And believe me, I own a few beautiful Chinese paperweights, but they are their own design from ages ago. It's not the competition that bothers me, it's the "counterfeiting"!
When I think back about the start of my collecting, I guess I have to laugh at myself, as I was duped a few times an bought this "junk" thinking it was Murano. I even
purchased a piece off of eBay that was a Chinese fraud with a generic Murano sticker on it. I have since been able to distinguish MOST of the real Murano from its
fraudulent counterpart, but as I look at this companies products, some of those pieces are looking better and better. They seem to be trying hard to replicate Muranos product! Should we be disturbed by this?
All I can conclude of this is for the new collector, BUYER BEWARE of Chinese glass in Murano clothing!
Maybe we should have a Fake Murano Glass Breaking Day once a year? I think I still have a few lying around..............................
Below is one of my first rookie mistakes! It's OK to laugh, I did when I saw it on the Chinese website!
Maybe the "blobs" around the millefiori eyes should have been a clue? I can't wait to throw it, all 10 pounds of it!!!!
Thanks for you attention,