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Offline mommaof4boysk

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need help id'ing / describing paperweight.. Bullicante? Murano?
« on: September 30, 2010, 04:04:41 PM »
Hi all,

I am new here.  I have a paperweight that I need to id / describe.  Any help as to a description, age, value, etc. is greatly appreciated.  I posted on the e-bay discussion board for glass and they suggested I try here.  Unfortunately I know nothing about paperweights so I need all the help I can get.   :D  They did suggest I use the words Bullicante and possibly Murano and that the flowers were made from canes.

Thanks so much for your help!


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Re: need help id'ing / describing paperweight.. Bullicante? Murano?
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2010, 03:36:27 PM »
Anyone have any info on this?  I really want to list it on e-bay but I want to describe it accurately.  Thanks for your help!   :kissy:


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Re: need help id'ing / describing paperweight.. Bullicante? Murano?
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2010, 03:54:22 PM »
Hi, welcome to the Board.

Please be patient. It can take time for people to come up with responses, especially for items that are not as easily recognised as others.

Personally, my first thought about your weight is that it might be Murano, but could be Czechoslavakian (i.e. a modern version of typical older "Bohemain" weights of this style). But I don't know for sure so please do not quote me on that.

The best sales descriptions for items that are not easily recognised are those that simply describe what can be seen. For example, "dome-shaped paperweight with three stylistic flowers in a pot all set within a covering of equally spaced air bubbles".
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Re: need help id'ing / describing paperweight.. Bullicante? Murano?
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2010, 04:06:58 PM »
It may just be the angle of the image, but the base looks to be slightly "matte" as opposed to highly polished. If so, this could give a clue as to location and/or time frame it was produced..... Other than that, I know nothing about paperweights.....

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Re: need help id'ing / describing paperweight.. Bullicante? Murano?
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2010, 06:26:15 PM »
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I think it is important to remember that 'bullicante' is just a fancy term used to describe a regular pattern of bubbles. The actual paperweight could be made in Italy, China, or even on planet Zaarg - whichever, 'bullicante' would be correct.  But in my view, using the term is a bit like using 'biennale' for something that happens every two years - somewhat effete if you are not in Italy.

Regarding the possible country of manufacture, my vote would be split evenly between Murano and the Czech Republic - but be happy to be proved wrong if someone else has one with a 'Made in China' label.

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