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Author Topic: Trying to ID mushroom shaped lace paperweight  (Read 1732 times)

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Offline Bluebarntrading

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Trying to ID mushroom shaped lace paperweight
« on: January 11, 2012, 09:43:22 PM »
I recently stumbled across this mushroom shaped paperweight at a local antique store. I loved the shape and lace work but the owner knew little about it.

I am hoping that someone here can help me identify the maker, age, value or any other info would be greatly appreciated.

The height is 4 7/8 inches, the widest part is 3 1/4 inches across, the base is 2 1/2 inches across.

Thanks for taking a look!

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Offline Roger H

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Re: Trying to ID mushroom shaped lace paperweight
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2012, 10:46:15 PM »
     A base closeup photo would be usefull. Regards Roger.

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Re: Trying to ID mushroom shaped lace paperweight
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2012, 10:56:21 PM »
Hi Bluebarntrading, welcome to the Board.

In addition to Roger's request for a detailed photo of the base, it would be useful to see photos of:
- full side view
- detail of the "fruit" (?) over the lace
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Re: Trying to ID mushroom shaped lace paperweight
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2012, 09:04:51 PM »
Here are some more photos. having a bit of trouble with the sizing. Thanks again for taking a look.

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Re: Trying to ID mushroom shaped lace paperweight
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2012, 09:37:28 PM »
I'm pretty sure this is a Murano paperweight judging from the "fruits" .
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Re: Trying to ID mushroom shaped lace paperweight
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2012, 10:06:42 PM »
    In general looks like murano,the base and latticino, but havent seen one that shape before. Roger.

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Re: Trying to ID mushroom shaped lace paperweight
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2012, 10:13:58 PM »
The shape is the main reason that I picked it up. It struck me as being unusual.

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Re: Trying to ID mushroom shaped lace paperweight
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2012, 12:01:53 AM »
Fratelli Toso. I have a picture of one that is labeled. It is just the same, but without the pedestal.

When latticino is like this, do we call it muslin?
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Re: Trying to ID mushroom shaped lace paperweight
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2012, 12:32:55 AM »
     Hi Tx, Fratelli Toso eh, wouldnt have known that, is he still making weights?
         As regards the lace/muslin/filigree/latticino I dont know that either. they seem fairly interchangable.
          Latticino seems Italian based (Latin) for lattice work?.
           Filigree in the dictionary is described as ornamental lace like work in metal?
              Muslin seems to denote a dense covering of lace?
                  Lace seems to convey a light covering of latticino?
                        I believe I'm going around in circles but its fun.
                          Regards Roger Roundabout.

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Re: Trying to ID mushroom shaped lace paperweight
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2012, 01:05:01 AM »
When latticino is like this, do we call it muslin?
Possibly. However, this Fratelli Toso version is not as fine as in many of the antique French weights, which defintely gave an appearance of a fine lacy ground. When the latticino is a bit "chunky" I prefer the term "a bed (or ground) of latticino". "Muslin" ground weights are also called "Upset Muslin".

I'm not sure of the origin, or whether it was a collector or a factory term, but it was certainly used in old auction catalogues from the mid-20th century.

Latticino seems Italian based (Latin) for lattice work?.
Latticino (or latticinio) is Italian for white, or milk, glass. It's the white of the twists that gives rise to the use of the word for these pieces. Also note that "filigree" is just an English translation of the Italian "filigrana" which actually covers both white and coloured twists.
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