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Author Topic: Murano or American scramble  (Read 606 times)

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Offline BobKegeles

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Murano or American scramble
« on: July 23, 2014, 08:40:18 PM »
Here's a beautiful scramble.

I had it on my Murano shelf, but I'm second guessing myself.

It's "darker" more packed with tiny elements, more three dimensional than most of the Murano pieces I've had. So that's making me a bit uncomfortable with a Murano designation.

It does have a lot of aventurine mostly as edging on twisted ribbons, and I tend to think of that as a Murano effect.

The scramble is filling a center ball, with a good 1/4"-1/2" cased glass encapsulation. The center ball is basically completely filled with "stuff", unlike many Murano pieces where the goodies are only near the surface, with a clear interior, presumably to save money on the "fancy" glass, or perhaps because it gives the piece a lighter, brighter effect. So that leads me away from Murano.

On the other hand, the base is what I call a "sliced" base, highly polished, and cut a bit higher on the sphere, to make it wider than what I consider a standard round paperweight base. So that brings me back to Murano.

Any thoughts?

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, it's roughly 2-3/4" around.
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Re: Murano or American scramble
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2014, 09:22:44 PM »
Hi Bob,

I'm pretty sure that this is Murano. For me it's the abundance of aventurine and the flat polished base that give it away. In places I've seen similar scrambles attributed to the Avem factory.

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Re: Murano or American scramble
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2014, 10:36:33 PM »
I agree, definitely Murano.
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Re: Murano or American scramble
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2014, 10:37:57 PM »
Thanks Eric,

By the way, I just got a moonflower from you, I bid on a good number of your listings, but since I buy to resale, I'm generally outbid pretty quickly. You do too good a job of identifying and photographing for me to be able to sneak out the door without other buyers noticing, LOL.

My store is Bubbles Baubles and Blown Glass, user name BubblesBaubles69.

You always have a lovely selection of items.

Bob
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Re: Murano or American scramble
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2014, 12:23:08 AM »
My store is Bubbles Baubles and Blown Glass, user name BubblesBaubles69.

Small world. I bought a couple weights from you when you first started selling them. Excellent service.

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Re: Murano or American scramble
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2014, 05:58:08 AM »
Thank you
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Re: Murano or American scramble
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2014, 06:40:32 AM »
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Hi.  I agree this is a Murano scramble - a common design.

Regarding the use of aventurine, it is certainly true that it often features in Murano paperweights, but there are quite a lot of modern Chinese pieces that use a slightly duller version of aventurine - often blown into a bubble, and combined with white and / or pink threads in 'jellyfish' or 'firework' shapes.  These are sometimes listed on eBay as 'Murano', or with even wilder attributions such as 'Scottish' or 'antique French'.

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Re: Murano or American scramble
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2014, 07:02:44 AM »
and aventurine features in weights made by Teign Valley Glass
These are not always signed or labelled but the indented fire polished base can provide a clue here

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Re: Murano or American scramble
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2014, 07:43:25 AM »
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Hi.  There was an article on the use of aventurine in paperweights in the Paperweight Collectors Circle Newsletter, Issue 112, August 2013.  In that the author identified over 23 different makers (including TVG) post 1920, and 8 different countries pre-1920, who had used aventurine in paperweights! 

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