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Offline greenacres_2

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So is this Murano? Scrambled
« on: January 13, 2011, 02:38:57 AM »
How do you tell if pw are murano. By signature only? I saw the post below. Is it the same.


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Re: So is this Murano? Scrambled
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2011, 11:49:50 AM »
Vintage Muranese paperweights are rarely signed, I wouldn't be surprised if there are more "Murano" signatures on Chinese weights than on Murano weights.
There are some signed 3Fiori but for the vast majority there is no signature.

The weight in the picture is a Murano weight.

How to identify Murano weights?
Read lots of books on the subject and look at lots of known Murano weights.

Clues to a M. origin come from the base - mostly flat and polished for vintage/modern ones,
many vintage M. weights have a high dome and are quite big, often bigger then 3inches in width.
Canes often fill the entire view with the canes being "squashed" together giving them a distorted look.

There are also a wide variety of known Murano canes that can be easily spotted with experience, beware tho that Murano canes are
a commodity sold worldwide.
Alexander
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Re: So is this Murano? Scrambled
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2011, 02:04:11 PM »
Are any of them of value? I have a lot of them.


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Re: So is this Murano? Scrambled
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2011, 03:05:54 PM »
As others have stated recently values are not typically what this board is for.

If you want to get an idea of values for any kind of glass the best way is to watch auctions, eBay, Selman's past auction catalogues etc.

If you want to learn about your paperweights this is a perfect place to ask questions about id's, makers, age etc.
eBay completed auctions is the better place to get an idea of values if you plan to sell online.

I'd also like to make an ammendment to the post above - please don't take my list of common Murano features to mean
any paperweight with a flat polished bottom, high dome etc. is Murano, many are not.
An id is often based on a number of factors, where experience plays a great part.
Alexander
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Re: So is this Murano? Scrambled
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2011, 03:26:00 PM »
So what I really need is a book, so I can see all examples.


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Re: So is this Murano? Scrambled
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2011, 03:27:05 PM »
Do you have any suggestions.


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Re: So is this Murano? Scrambled
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2011, 04:18:00 PM »
Hi, one book won't have all examples of Muranese paperweights as designs are myriad.

The one you posted here appears to be Murano but it's hard to tell from the pics.

Generally it is best to post each id request in a new topic of it's own, as it can get confusing with diferent weights in the same thread.

To aid in identification please post a picture showing the profile, one picture showing the base and one picture showing the weight from above.
If there are interesting details inside the weight, such as a signature, date cane, picture cane etc a closeup of those would be good.
Alexander
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