Today was in an antique shop where we bought a HUGE Beranek paperweight (the interior looks a bit like golden brocolli lol - but I digress).
The shopkeeper tried to sell us a small vase. According to him, it is Murano millefiori. It was about 4" high, an opaque dark purple (almost black), with millefiori canes all over it, in purple/red/white.
Now, my question is... when I held it, it did not feel like glass at all. It felt more like a fine clay or china piece! Only knew it was glass when I tapped my fingernail against it and it rang, and when I picked it up and held it to srong light, the black parts became dark violet.
Is this normal for opaque millefiori pieces? i.e. to look and feel more like ceramics than glass?