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Finely blown vase with foot and applied handles
« on: October 11, 2011, 12:00:36 AM »
A very finely blown vase with pale blue body and foot with applied cobalt blue handles. The rim around the foot is folded over and there is a neat and small pontil mark. Very light in weight (175g) and 21cm tall.

Age and maker are a mystery to me but it dawned on me this evening that this may be lamp worked.

Any ideas?

John


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Re: Finely blown vase with foot and applied handles
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2011, 03:06:31 PM »
seeing a folded foot, and that sort of delicacy, might a Venetian/Murano output be a possibility?    Snapped pontils were not uncommon from that source.     Just an idea. :)


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Re: Finely blown vase with foot and applied handles
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2011, 03:34:20 PM »
I think John (and I) have already decided it probably comes from a small island near Venice, in Italy, in Europe, Paul - so you're the third vote on that! :thup: :thup: :thup:
It's quite exquisite, isn't it? The sort of thing you might like to keep your ashes in when the time comes - except the ashes would spoil it's appearance.  :spls:
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Re: Finely blown vase with foot and applied handles
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2011, 03:37:58 PM »
Move to Murano, please. Looks good !
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Re: Finely blown vase with foot and applied handles
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2011, 07:43:39 PM »
Thanks all, it is beautifully made.


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Re: Finely blown vase with foot and applied handles
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2011, 12:37:16 AM »
It is a type of glass known as soffiati. Soffiati glass is impossibly thin. It was most popular in the 1920-30s in Venice, though it is still made. Most soffiati I have seen is unmarked -- even the Venini soffiati, since much was made before Venini started stamping their glass. Companies known for fine soffiati like this include Venini, Cappellin, and Zecchin-Martinuzzi (different Zecchin), though there were others. A good place to start is with a flashlight and some good magnifiers to see if you can find any marks at all. Sometimes a surprise "Made in Italy" may hop out.
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Re: Finely blown vase with foot and applied handles
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2011, 09:44:27 AM »
Wow, thank you Anita. I have had a look with several different lights and there are no marks.

After a trawl around the web I ended up back on this forum....

Sofiati
(for those not familiar with the term)
Defined by Carl Gable in Murano Magic as:
"Mouth blown glass with classic lines and delicate colors"

Well, it definitely fits that description. What a lovely find, amazing what can be picked up from time to time.

John


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Re: Finely blown vase with foot and applied handles
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2011, 10:03:54 AM »
hello John  -  reminds me of someting equally delicate and 'impossibly thin' that I had the good fortune to find couple of years back..........although mine was marked, as you can see from the thread.     Obviously, ignore any reference to the Stuart piece.          Might Anita comment on whether my piece should also technically be described as 'Soffiati' glass.     Here is the link to my bowl...     http://www.glassmessages.com/index.php/topic,28600.0.html    which unfortunately is now showing some slight suface cloudyness - although presumably it can be removed.         Also, apologies for piggy backing onto your post. :)


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Re: Finely blown vase with foot and applied handles
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2011, 10:24:53 AM »
Looks good to me Paul but I am a complete beginner in terms of Soffiati (no apologies needed).


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Re: Finely blown vase with foot and applied handles
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2011, 02:02:22 PM »
hello John  -  reminds me of someting equally delicate and 'impossibly thin' that I had the good fortune to find couple of years back..........although mine was marked, as you can see from the thread.     Obviously, ignore any reference to the Stuart piece.          Might Anita comment on whether my piece should also technically be described as 'Soffiati' glass.     Here is the link to my bowl...     http://www.glassmessages.com/index.php/topic,28600.0.html    which unfortunately is now showing some slight suface cloudyness - although presumably it can be removed.         Also, apologies for piggy backing onto your post. :)

Paul, your glass looks like it could qualify for soffiati, especially with the Cappellin signature on bottom.
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