I'm astonished by the fact that the beak is intact too! It's almost 6" in length. Not really sure what type of bird it's based on though. Looks a bit like a Hoopoe with it's big crest. Your advice on the eyes gives me something great to work on and I appreciate that very much,thank you.
I've been thinking about the application of the gold on the beak and feet as, unlike the body,it appears to be applied very close to the surface or indeed on the surface and not further embedded in clear glass. Do you know Anita,if this is typical to a specific company or was it simply a technique employed by several?
I also thought Seguso-type of the other 2 and initially searched in this direction. They certainly appear to be high-end rather than touristy type mass produced. The detail is subtle but is there nonetheless particularly around the eyes which are set into the head rather than just little blobs...if you know what I mean
OK,I'm off to search some more. Perhaps it's time for me to buy some of those expensive books on Italian glass?