Hi, is Chinese glass not considered as being very nice for some reason, I'm still new to collecting glass and just buy things I like, although it is always nice to find a piece you like AND its worth something too!!! Cheryl.http://www.theglassmuseum.com/Chinese.html
I realise this is an old thread but had to post.
Yes, I collect these "horrible" Chinese vases, I love them, but not all of them.
My Nan who passed away 17 years ago had a green one which I always admired and inherited from her, (my Mother didn't want it as she claimed green was unlucky lol). My Aunt inherited her blue one which I would have liked too. My Nan may well have aquired them in the 60's or 70's.
Recently I discovered I could get a blue one for a very reasonable price on Ebay, not to mention Orange, Red, smaller sizes, and ruffled tops. I'm personally not so keen on the trumpet style or plainer ones. I've seen them called Murano, but not Victorian, but it didn't matter to me, I just knew I liked them. The colours are stunning.
Since collecting I've noticed that three of my purchases (I brought them forward in the middle shelf in the photo) seem to have been made with seriously less skill than the others. The leaves and handles are large and fat and not intricate, and the applied clear glass at the front is almost like a large blob that has been splodged on with considerably less skill than my favourite ones, almost like they have been made by a completely different manufacturer.
I have my theories and will be parting with those three shortly.