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Offline Nick77

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Dating Murano paperweights
« on: January 10, 2013, 12:29:45 PM »
Is there a good book on murano weights? I can't find any good references on dating them.

The below I believe to be Fratelli Toso and my feeling is at 1950-60's but it would be a guess.

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Nick


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Re: Dating Murano paperweights
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2013, 04:46:56 PM »
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Hi Nick.

Simple answer on the existence of a Murano paperweight book (good or otherwise) - not that I know of.

I have been trying to pull some information together with my Murano project on the website, but dating examples is very difficult. Unless people have catalogues, or images that were taken at a known date, or cast iron provenance of the purchase date in Murano, then it is all a bit vague.

I suspect your paperweight is a little more modern that you suggest - ie 1960s to 1970s.

Alan

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Re: Dating Murano paperweights
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2013, 07:01:32 PM »
Thanks Alan,
 I have seen 1 paperweight on line that I believe to be a very early one low dome uneven surface over the canes.  Also many like the one I pictured and many clearly later but I don't know that I have knowingly seen or had  any that I would say we're from the period in between 1845 - 1960. Do you have any early Murano images at all.

Also I see there is a Fratelli Toso book available on Amazon do you know if this has much on their paperweights?

Regards
Nick

P.S. If this or any other of my images are of use for your project  please feel free to use them or I can send the originals. I have a number of images of past Murano weights and currently have 4 or 5 weights here another similar to the one pictured some scrambled weights etc.


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Re: Dating Murano paperweights
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2013, 10:36:58 PM »
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Hi Nick.

Many thanks for your offers.

I have a black and white image of a Murano paperweight in a book dated 1938 - although it describes it as a Russian paperweight! It has a few fairly large canes set on a spatter base - until I saw the image I would have dated the weight as 1950s. I have seen or owned a few similar pieces.  When I get chance I will post images, but I am off for a week's cross-country skiing holiday early tomorrow!

Alan
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