:lol: Thanks for jumping in, folks! But I think I can handle this :roll: :wink:
Colorful, but that's about it.
Colourful, yes. This is a characteristic of Chinese glass - they love using bright colours. "About it"? Well, that's your opinion. OK.
The latticino is dirty.
True, in the purple flower weight there is a lot of frit in the latticino. Have you ever seen a paperweight made? Pieces of frit sometimes get into even the best made weights, and are pinched out while the glass is still molten, when they are spotted. Unfortunately this is not easy to do in a weight where the latticino has been arranged in the base, as it might distort the individual canes. Also, small pieces of frit can be easy to miss while the glass is still hot, and of course impossible to remove when it's cold. I don't suppose if you had made a weight of this size and complexity you would be willing to throw it away at the end, especially if you were being paid a pittance for making it. But that's an unfortunate problem of the Chinese economy
And if you look again at the blue on yellow latticino, you will notice that a very good attempt has been made to lay the pieces of latticino - which is actually quite clear and clean - in a criss-cross pattern. Quite skillful, IMO!
The leaves in each piece don't match.
I'm puzzled here. In what way don't they match? They don't match each other within one weight, or all the weights don't match each other? And why should they? Presumably they weren't made as a set! They would simply appear to be made by the same hand, or at least in the same glasshouse. IMO the leaves 'match' within the individual weight, having sufficient internal consistency to satisfy anyone (at least, anyone who wasn't just looking for faults! :wink: )
What is the red bulb, a pear? Why?
Presumably it's meant
to be a pear, although it could be some strange Chinese fruit of which we wot not! :shock: As for why; why not? Here's an example of a couple of red 'pears' (I assume) http://tinypic.com/hra8lt.jpg
Oh, but wait! That's an antique NEGC weight, and therefore 'worth' $1000+ Well, forgive my temerity for making such a comparison! :oops: :roll:
The larger white/green/red leaf makes no design sense.
I'm afraid I just don't understand this. What exactly do you mean by 'design sense'? In the purple flower weight and in the blue on yellow latticino the leaves are arranged around the flowers, four in the case of the purple and five in the blue, symetrically interspersed with the fruit and stems. In the blue on white, a leaf is placed each side of the stem. Is there a different 'design' you'd prefer?
They are a hodge podge and don't show individual talent.
Here I simply have to beg to differ. IMNSHO they show more 'individual talent' than I could ever hope to have! I doubt if I could turn out a simple blob of glass, let alone make and pull latticino canes, mould molten glass into the shape of flowers and fruit, keep them at the appropriate temperature until I was ready to place them carefully on top of the latticino and encase the lot in clear and unstriated glass without the lot cracking up due to differences in temperature or without including unwanted bubbles and frit.
But I'm sure they'll brighten up a corner.
They certainly do! And they make an interesting addition to my collection
, which incidentally includes everything from these to Allan Scott 'one-off's, Willy Manson's lampwork, and antique Clichy and Baccarat!
Just curious, what did you pay for them?
Mind your own business! :twisted: I told you, 'Dime a Dozen' :twisted: :lol: