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Author Topic: Blue Italian fused glass tray, possibly Venini?  (Read 924 times)

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Offline cheinen

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Blue Italian fused glass tray, possibly Venini?
« on: September 16, 2012, 09:06:47 PM »
Hi there -
We have this tray that our late dad bought in the 50s.  A dealer who eyeballed it said it may be from Venini; though there is no visible acid signature on the bottom, they said it may have faded.
Let me know what you think!  Many thanks.

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Re: Blue Italian fused glass tray, possibly Venini?
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2012, 09:17:17 AM »
First of all, congratulations on what looks like a fantastic piece of Murano. The technique is Murrine, so not fused. The colour is very much like pieces designed by Ludovico Diaz de Santillana for Venini in the years 1962/3, the shape looks like pieces designed by Paolo Venini circa 1957 - so not a bad guess from your antique dealer... However, you would like a signature - which is not always there.  Many pieces remained unsigned.

The best way to find out for sure is to ask Venini - maybe they'll answer this time. It is a bit hit and miss with them.

Good luck

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Re: Blue Italian fused glass tray, possibly Venini?
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2012, 09:52:33 AM »
Many thanks, Ivo -

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Re: Blue Italian fused glass tray, possibly Venini?
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2012, 10:30:28 AM »
Thats gorgeous wow , love it , want it , cant afford it :'( :(

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Re: Blue Italian fused glass tray, possibly Venini?
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2012, 09:30:32 AM »
There's a dish of identical form/technique, with the blue 'split' running down the middle, illustrated in Franco Deboni's 2-volume Venini Glass (Illus. 171 in Catalogue 1921 - 2007), but with different murrines. As Ivo says, the form is a Paolo Venini one - designed c.1959.

In the same volume, illustrations 169 and 173, both designed by Tobia Scarpa c.1960, do use the same murrines as seen above.

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Re: Blue Italian fused glass tray, possibly Venini?
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2012, 10:37:46 AM »
I could only just afford the book . :'(

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Re: Blue Italian fused glass tray, possibly Venini?
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2012, 11:04:52 AM »
I got mine on the cheap from an antiques fair. Even so, it's still the second most expensive reference book I own.

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