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Author Topic: Opaline opalescent Pressed glass cat figurine with Murano label  (Read 459 times)

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Offline chopin-liszt

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Re: Opaline opalescent Pressed glass cat figurine with Murano label
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2017, 03:03:10 PM »
I didn't know you knew each other. I had spotted you were both from the Netherlands, but it's a big place.  ;)
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Re: Opaline opalescent Pressed glass cat figurine with Murano label
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2017, 03:06:04 PM »
We don't. :)
I tried to sell the cat on Catawiki and he has a job there.

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Re: Opaline opalescent Pressed glass cat figurine with Murano label
« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2017, 12:29:58 PM »
And like you, Sue, 'Pressed glass from Murano' sets off a warning bell!

(I tell lots of sellers to ask for info on GMB but very often they don't do it, sorry to have been pre-emptive in this case)

Surely this item is identifiable, whether the label is right or not? It looks to be well made and if you made a press-mold then you would have made at least a few hundred of them, while the mold was set-up? We need a specialist cat collector?
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Re: Opaline opalescent Pressed glass cat figurine with Murano label
« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2017, 12:42:15 PM »
Who's Sue?

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Re: Opaline opalescent Pressed glass cat figurine with Murano label
« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2017, 01:38:22 PM »
I am.  :) I do say so, at the bottom of my posts.
Like Jay, I think if a mould was made, there should be a fair few of these around, and we're both surprised about pressed glass and Murano together.
Pressed glass manufacturing tends to require a fairly big sort of factory, machinery and premises. Murano is a small island with a lot of individual hot glass works.

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Re: Opaline opalescent Pressed glass cat figurine with Murano label
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2017, 03:47:29 PM »
Aaaah, now I understand.
Hi, Sue!  :)

I have already asked Cesare Toso if the cat can be from their factory.
Now I want to KNOW. :)
Of course there have to be more copies of them, but mine can be the first of which someone has taken a photo (up to now).

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Re: Opaline opalescent Pressed glass cat figurine with Murano label
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2017, 04:27:59 PM »
I had a similar sized elephant in this same glass that was pressed and had the same label. I sold it quite a few years ago. I think there are several shops in Murano that do pressing. Quite a few of the chandelier makers press some of their parts and could easily accommodate these small items. It doesn't take that large of a shop to do pressed ware. My friends used to do it with about 4-6 people or less and could make several hundred in a turn.

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Re: Opaline opalescent Pressed glass cat figurine with Murano label
« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2017, 04:51:34 PM »
 :)
'allo Arvo!

Thanks for that info. Fuhrman Glass. It's always good to get such news from somebody like you who really knows about these things and has relevant experience, as opposed to my idle speculations.
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Re: Opaline opalescent Pressed glass cat figurine with Murano label
« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2017, 06:21:15 PM »
Thanks, Fuhrman Glass.
I knew it! I knew there had to be more of this kind of glass figurines. I kenw the label was the original one.
And I found on internet that Murano has made pressed glass.
Now is the question: who made it and when?

Hi again, Sue. :) We're learning. :) :)


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Re: Opaline opalescent Pressed glass cat figurine with Murano label
« Reply #19 on: February 14, 2017, 12:23:37 AM »
It only takes a team of six (or so) to make pressed glass or mould-blown glass efficiently, however the metal moulds for pressed glass have to be engineered and cast with some care and expense. This extra cost only pays off if you (intend to) make a good number of items. Likewise the technical skills for working with a press production are not the typical skills of the glass furnace.

This being said, I am suggesting likelihoods and not absolute rules.

Anecdote: In Belgium, the factory that inherited the pressed glass moulds from Scailmont (in the Manuverbel consolidations) found that they didn't know how to use them well enough to produce the required quality.
Moral of the story: skills can also be an issue.
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