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Offline Nick77

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Is this an older Murano weight or a spurious date cane?
« on: January 20, 2013, 04:08:20 PM »
Having listed a thread recently on dating Murano paperweights and that I had not knowingly seen any Murano items apart from one that I would have said dated from the 1845 - 1950's period I have in the last week picked up 2 that I wonder about.

This is the first, my initial thought was that this is a spurious date made at a much later period, it is unusual though in having a slightly concave base with an unground pontil mark, or is this all part of the deception to go along witht he weight?

It is 45mm diameter and 32mm tall.

Nick


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Re: Is this an older Murano weight or a spurious date cane?
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2013, 09:55:58 PM »
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Hi Nick.

I am sure you are correct - your weight has a spurious date that is 'commemorative' of something. The canes are 1950s-1960s style. I have seen images of some Murano weights from the 1930s, and the canes are simpler than the ones in your weight, and are large, and set on a spatter base. I think the concave polished bases are a sign of weights from 1930 to 1950 or thereabouts - the flat polished bases came later.

I do not know of any hard evidence for the design of Murano weights in the period 1845 - 1930 (or even of their existence) other than the Bigaglia weights from the 1845 -1850 period. There are various scramble designs, some of which may be late 1800s, but that is speculation - I believe some of them are actually pre 1845. If anyone has good evidence of the use of - and style of - millefiori canes from Murano in the 1850 - 1930 period that would be a real advance in making firm attributions.

Alan
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Re: Is this an older Murano weight or a spurious date cane?
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2013, 10:17:24 PM »
Thanks again,
50's-60's is older than I suspected it might be.

Regards
Nick


 



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