Hi there - Never thought I would be posting here.
Via the net, I found a Monstrous Piece of Glass. So I did the obvious, and asked if it was for sale. She said she had been thinking of it. We have been emailing back and forth, and I have her permission to let you guys know about it -- and what she has told me about it. She is also going to send me some Pics (as soon as possilbe) and she has also given me persmission to post them (to you Murano lovers) to see her piece for sale.
So this just kinda dropped into my lap -- via the net. This is what she has advised me of:
The Murano Art Glass Sculpture is called *Ode to Picasso*
~ Created on the island of Murano, Venice by Maestro Walter Furlan
~ Appraised at $14,000
This is a copy of the e-mail she sent me, in which I have her permission to copy/paste to you:
I just realized I didn't explain the sculpture to you, Walter Furlan was a friend of Picasso's and did this sculpture of his wife with her famous hat on. It is engraved "Ode de Picasso" which means "dedicated to Picasso". This sculpture just struck me when I was in Venice Italy a few years ago and I had to have it, the colours throughout are stunning if you see it live. Maestro Furlan (which means Master) is one of Venice's ultimate sculptors and is elderly so this sculpture will be worth quite a bit rather soon, as an investment piece. This piece weighs 75 lbs and is made from hand blown glass, is one solid piece and he had to have 2 assistants help him with the process. It's very difficult to even imagine a person creating something this intricate (down to the detailed strands of blond hair) all in one sitting, it would have taken a whole day to create this with the two assistants holding the other end of the glass blower.
I hope this explains the value behind this piece for you...................
I also have all the documentation for authenticity to go with it including a photo of the sculptor with the piece! As I may have stated it is appraised and insured for $14,000, although there may be some flexibility.......I'll have to do some research of my own to confirm the health and status of the sculptor. And by all means you can network with your friends and let them know about it.......
Let me know if you would like me to email you a photo or photos, I'd be happy to do so, also mention the cabinet it comes in, perfect for the piece with the reinforced glass for that heavy weight. And by the way, the glass house where I purchased it were kind enough to pay for and ship the piece to me insured so it was waiting for me when I returned from vacation!
This item is here in Canada. The piece was blue glass with yellow hair, and hat.
The cabinet that it is in has 3 shelves (with lights) and has a asking price of $700. I imagine if someone were to buy the Glass, and the Cabinet -- a deal could be arranged (as maybe even with shipping).
I do have here phone number here, but told here I would not post that here. If any members are interested in this piece of Art (or the Glass Cabinet that is reinforced to hold the item), please e-mail me -- and I will pass on her number to you.
I could not resist when I found out the cabinet was being sold -- If she was selling the item too.
My first thought were you guys here. Hope this is OK to post -- and she is going to be sending me some pics of it too to post.
Thanks -- hope one of our members is interested in this -- as it has not been advertised at all, and not on Ebay. So basically, the Board members have first chance at this piece.
Thanks -- I hope I bought/found a Treasure to someone on the Board.... :X:
(will attach pics as soon as she sends me some...if that is OK, as I do have her permission)