I'm new to this forum and also new(ish) to art glass collecting (perhaps five years?). For the most part I buy what I like and for the most part that just happens to be Murano!!!
I have a piece which is at least 40 years old and was my grandmother's. Neither of her sons (or their wives) were able to help me establish where it came from; although my mother did remind me my grandmother had a very wealthy, world-travelling sister-in-law. The piece in question (photos below) does not have a label. A girlfriend once suggested it may be Murano. My efforts to find out more about its origin landed me at The Glass Encyclopedia where for the first time I saw something 'sort of' similar in the AVeM Glass gallery where I stumbled across Latticino Millefiori Murano.
As you can see this piece comes with a glass ball (approximately 1.5" diameter) which has a flat surface (measuring not quite 3/4") for balance. When the ball is placed inside the piece it creates the illusion (IMO) of a clam-like shell containing a pearl. The piece itself (I don't know how else to describe it other than 'piece') has two flat surfaces (neither of which are perfectly round and both of which measure around the 1.5" mark) for balance so it can be used on its side or standing up. When on its side (which is how I display it), the piece measures approximately 6.5" across, 4.5" high, and 5" deep. When standing up with the 'side flat surface' at the rear, the front side of the piece is lower than the rear (by approximately one inch) allowing both the gold flecking in the outer and the coloured glass on the inside to be seen. The clear glass ball contains bubbles and has, at least for 40 years, been stored with the piece, and I suspect forms part of the overall piece. Finally, the piece is fairly heavy for its size (I don't have scales sorry) and appears to be enclosed in a clear glass casing. Phew.
I really want to identify this piece as it is what started my passion for art glass over 40 years ago. So thank you in advance of any and all information you are able to provide. Cheers ... Alz