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Offline 55ghost

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Murano Glass Aquarium Block
« on: December 29, 2010, 06:37:31 AM »
I believe I have a Murano Glass Aquarium Block. It has no labels but it looks just like one I found at an antique website I visited. It is approx. 2 inches thick, 12 inches wide and 8 1/2 inches tall. I know nothing about Murano Glass or the Aquarium Block. Can you tell me anything about it by looking at the picture? I am thinking about selling it and would like to be able to give some information. The artist? The age? Anything would help. Thank you so much! (I have tried to attach the photo, but even at 150 dpi, this website says it is to large!)


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Re: Murano Glass Aquarium Block
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2010, 02:31:16 PM »
I don't know what system you're using to try to get the image to the right size - I use paint shop pro, and the instructions for getting it right are here:-

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Re: Murano Glass Aquarium Block
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2010, 07:45:37 PM »
Thanks for your help. Here is the photo!


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Re: Murano Glass Aquarium Block
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2010, 10:21:40 PM »
Looks more like Barbini than some of the other makers, big size too. There is a similar sized one for sale locally (with some damage).

Very nice. Put 'barbini aquarium' into google images and you will see some in a similar style.

John



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Re: Murano Glass Aquarium Block
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2010, 12:43:21 AM »
From my internet surfing, I am pretty sure that it is by Riccardo Licata. I have found others that are almost identical except for two of my fish are different colors. I think it is Cenedese glass??? There is one like mine at Antiques-Atlas.com. (Antique Glass Murano)   It is the same size and one of the fish is identical.


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Re: Murano Glass Aquarium Block
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2010, 01:16:10 AM »
I believe the one at Antiques-atlas which 55ghost has mentioned is (for as long as it remains on offer): http://antiques-atlas.com/antique/murano_glass_aquarium_block/as171a007

The listing states "attrbuted to" - which means the ID for Licata at Cenedese is not certain. Anyone here have good experience of the makers of these better fish blocks?

(I know we have a thread on these somewhere. Maybe I'll try to find it soon. Edited to add... the thread(s) I was thinking about were in relation to paperweights / large orbs, rather than the aquarium blocks, so not of much relevance here.)

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Re: Murano Glass Aquarium Block
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2010, 01:38:26 AM »
I checked some of the aquaria on Dan Ripley's Antique Helper and have the feeling the one in this thread is Cenedese. There is one almost like it at http://www.antiquehelper.com/item/313080. Does anyone know whether Licata's designs are all signed? I don't know. The seaweed and stripes on the fish make me think Cenedese, but I don't know who designed it for them.
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Re: Murano Glass Aquarium Block
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2010, 01:39:08 AM »
I checked some of the aquaria on Dan Ripley's Antique Helper and have the feeling the one in this thread is Cenedese. There is one almost like it at http://www.antiquehelper.com/item/313080. Antique Helper attributes it to Barbini for Cenedese. Unfortunately, it isn't signed.
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Re: Murano Glass Aquarium Block
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2010, 02:59:44 AM »
as we all know there are several examples of these,

I am happy to say, Its a Cenedese example and a good one too,
its not often one of this size appears.
martin


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Re: Murano Glass Aquarium Block
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2010, 11:08:00 AM »
Oh! I think you are right... it does look like a Bambini. Does the age matter when I try to sell it? I got it as a present in 1958. It's in perfect condition, but no signature or identifying marks. The bottom has a small amount of pitting, and I am not sure if it is wear or how the glass was formed.

 

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