I am contstantly bombarded by the Chinese trying to get our business to sell Chinese knock-offs and I won't touch them with a barge bowl. If collectors wish to go this way, that is of course their choice.
The term is 'I Wouldn't touch it with a Barge Pole' that being a long pole used to push barges along the canals... I think they use them in Venice... the idea being that something of that length would not sully your hands. I have no idea what a Barge Bowl
is, unless Patrick Hogan can enlighten us all
Good glass is, quite rightly, good glass, and some things are inexpensive and delightful. A sharp contrast to myKomaromy and the Scandinavian collections, my favourite glass of all.
Incidentally, these sweet little birds were never sold as imitations of Murano glass, they were always labelled as Made in China... it is the sellers on eBay who take the labels off and swear blind they are Murano. I have even seen them with Wedgwood dremmelled on the base and Mdina, so please be a little kinder to these Chinese workers who are producing affordable little birds for collectors who maybe cannot afford some of the expensive and often overpriced pieces of glass from Murano, or who are just starting out a glass collection.