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Offline norman warbreck

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weight with murano label
« on: March 10, 2009, 08:26:36 PM »
and ideas on this labeled piece
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Re: weight with murano label
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2009, 11:57:42 PM »
This one is hard to say. I have one like it. The canes are Murano but the encasement looks Chinese. They're a mystery to me but I do like the colours.
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Re: weight with murano label
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2009, 08:37:04 AM »
Anita
there is a paper label attached rather worn but it says murano glass italy....red label with gold writing.
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Re: weight with murano label
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2009, 03:01:48 PM »
Murano labels are often put on paperweights that do not come from Murano. I bought a lovely tree in an overlay paperweight a while back that had a red and gold foil Murano label. It turned out to be Chinese. Still a lovely weight but also a lesson learned.

The canes in this weight can also be seen in paperweights from the Gentile studio in the US. Italian canes in an American piece. I've seen these canes loose for sale on eBay.

I've seen enough examples of this paperweight to think that some company made a lot of them as 'tourist-ware'.
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Re: weight with murano label
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2009, 03:16:28 PM »
Had to put in a word here so everyone doesn't think glasstrufflehunter is me.  I wish I knew as much as much about paperweights!

Many paperweights did get Murano labels last century. There were some unscrupulous shop owners. If the bottom of your paperweight is smoothly polished, I suspect it is in the generic Murano class.
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Re: weight with murano label
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2009, 03:18:24 PM »
as smooth as a babies bottom....smile
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Re: weight with murano label
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2009, 05:19:12 PM »
A frosty base is a tell tale sign that it's from China, but not all Chinese paperweights have frosty base.

I have found that the bases of most Murano are not only smooth, but also almost perfectly round. A polished base Chinese will be more irregularly shaped.

The base of mine is polished but irregular. Still, the shape and feel makes me wonder if the encasement is Chinese.
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Re: weight with murano label
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2009, 07:13:20 PM »
To add on to what glasstrufflehunter said... Most of the Fratelli Toso and other Murano paperweights I've had have had perfectly round bases, but I have had a couple that had bases out of the round. FT made so many paperweights that I figured there would be an occasional one that wasn't perfectly formed. The bases were still smoothly polished, but the edges were irregular.
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