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Glass Discussion & Research. No ID requests here please. => Murano & Italy Glass => Topic started by: svazzo on June 22, 2006, 06:14:06 PM

Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: svazzo on June 22, 2006, 06:14:06 PM
Hi Everyone,
Thought we would get a little different interaction here for a while, so lets see what has been your best Murano Bargain!

2 of my best bargains would be buying a Murano bird on Ebay for $15+shipping, that turned out to be an Irridescent Barovier & Toso Pheasant, signed underneath! and the other buying a Cornucopia vase for about $65, which turned out to be signed Venini Murano Italia underneath and by Bianconi!

Javier
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: Cathy B on June 22, 2006, 11:31:04 PM
Hi Javier,

Well, the Seguso cornucopia I bought for $AUD 45, and the little bowl was $AUD 10 - I don' t know how much of bargains they were.

Cathy
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: horochar on June 23, 2006, 01:38:06 AM
Good idea, but how about some pictures!!! 

I'm afraid I don't have much to add to this, because I overpay for just about everything I buy.  I'm exiled here in Minnesota, a glass wasteland.  I think my presumptively Bianconi Venini clown decanter may qualify for this topic (assuming that is, in fact, what it is), $100 from a "clown collector" in Iowa.  Here's my prior posting, for those who haven't seen it yet: http://www.glassmessages.com/index.php/topic,3921.msg30572.html#msg30572 (http://www.glassmessages.com/index.php/topic,3921.msg30572.html#msg30572)
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: Pip on June 23, 2006, 03:45:39 PM
Hi Javier, this is a really tricky one for me because I haven't a clue about Murano values however that pink Barovier & Toso aventurine shell thingy you ID'd for me the other day only cost me £5 (I'm assuming it's worth a bit more than that!) - my daughter loves it because it's pink (typical girly girl) so I'm keeping it for her.
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: Leni on June 23, 2006, 05:23:28 PM
Well, I don't have a 100% ID to say it definitely is Murano, but ....
http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-2384   :D
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: svazzo on June 27, 2006, 08:38:11 AM
Quote from: "Pip"
....that pink Barovier & Toso aventurine shell thingy you ID'd for me the other day only cost me £5 (I'm assuming it's worth a bit more than that!) - my daughter loves it because it's pink (typical girly girl) so I'm keeping it for her.


For £5 thats a great buy!
You cant buy one like it in the US for less than $100 or more.
At least from Ebay, if its described accurately.
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: Max on June 27, 2006, 09:29:57 AM
My best Murano bargain would still be my Salviati birds.  I was going to sell them, but I just can't bring myself to...yet!  They're beside the TV in the sitting room and I really love their fluidity.

http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-1495

Good luck on the Venini attribution Leni...looks like you've gone as far as you can with tracing it...if Venini aren't sure, who will be?!  :x
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: Cathy B on June 27, 2006, 09:47:29 AM
Those are astoundingly gorgeous, Max, well done!
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: Max on June 27, 2006, 10:11:48 AM
Quote from: "Cathy Bannister"
Those are astoundingly gorgeous, Max, well done!


Thanks Cathy!  I don't know if I'll ever be able to sell them, and there's very few pieces I can say that about.   :o  :D
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: Pip on June 27, 2006, 04:57:58 PM
Thanks Javier - that's great - I'll keep it well out of my daughters reach for the time being!  Max, those birds are divine - I can totally understand why you'd want to keep them, I bet they’re lovely to handle.

I have another Murano bargain to add to this thread (assuming it's not a Chinese copy) - hubby bought it just a couple of days ago and I posted a query in the main glass section earlier today asking for an ID - Pete has already kindly ID’d it as a Carlo Moretti Satinato vase.  It was priced up at £2 but the shop was having a half price day so only wanted £1 for it  :shock:

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g60/pips-trip/IMG_6909.jpg
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: Anne E.B. on July 10, 2006, 11:55:27 AM
My best 'bargain' is this 1950s geode bowl.  And yes, I know its damaged, but to me it doesn't matter a fig - I just love it anyway.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y195/glassie/50sMuranogeodebowl.jpg

I spotted it in a charity shop for 75p or a £1.  When I went to pay for it, the shop assistant said that it shouldn't have been put out for sale because it had a couple of chips on it and that he couldn't sell it to me.  Something to do with Health & Safety rules :roll:  However, he said I could have it for free :P   It would have been dumped in a skip otherwise.  

So, not looking a gift horse in the mouth, I more than happily accepted it and bought a couple of other items as recompense.
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: svazzo on July 10, 2006, 05:27:19 PM
For free?
Well, you cant beat that! :D
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: Sandra on July 11, 2006, 02:49:43 AM
My best buy was a large signed Venini hollow egg. I paid $15.00 Canadian for it. I sold it a few years ago.

Max..I love those birds!

Anne...free is always the best!  :D

Pip..very nice piece.
Title: Best Bargain...
Post by: atruheart on July 14, 2006, 04:57:14 AM
Im new here so hope you don't mind my sharing  :oops: I purchased a beautiful lamp for $10.00 U.S at a TS it was so dirty filthy the TS couldn't see underneath the scum I guess? If they had cleaned it maybe they would have noticed it may be a special piece? maybe not! lol Hope they continue to "overlook" old Italian glass. This piece is much to large my house but if I had the room it wouldn't be leaving.

Atruheart

(http://i17.ebayimg.com/03/i/07/af/0e/ba_1_b.JPG)

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Hello Atruheart
This is Javier (svazzo). I edited your post to show just the photo of the lamp. If you want to put a link to any auction, please do so on the Glass Market Place section. Thanks.
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: Anne on July 14, 2006, 06:16:46 PM
Wow! That is gorgeous and for $10 was an absolute snip! Why do I never find grubby glass like that?  :shock:  :roll:  :lol:
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: atruheart on July 15, 2006, 04:54:56 AM
Anne,
I think the lesson for them should be to CLEAN their items first! LOL I walked up to this lamp, used my fingernail (YUCK!) and scraped the grime away in one little area. I then asked "how much for this old lamp?" the girl says 10 dollars...??? I grabbed it pulled out the money and ran to my truck. LOL  :lol:

Atru
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: Anne E.B. on July 15, 2006, 12:58:34 PM
Beautiful lamp - very elegant 8)   I'm green with envy :mrgreen:
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: Anne on July 25, 2006, 11:47:29 PM
Atru, I have just found a picture of your lamp in Nigel Benson's book Miller's Glass of the 50's and 60's - a collector's guide - page 56. The book says the technique was introduced by Ercole Barovier in the 1950's and is known as the Coro d'orta and was also used for bowls and vases, but that not all pieces in this style are by Barovier as it was much-copied by other factories.
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: Max on July 26, 2006, 08:16:35 AM
Maybe Nigel has a typo Anne.  As far as I know, it's 'Cordonato d'oro'.  :?

Oh dear, I'm sticking my head above the parapet again...hope it's not chopped off!   :shock:
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: josordoni on July 26, 2006, 09:55:03 AM
I bought this the other day... I still don't know if it is a good deal or not...

I can't seem to work out how much it might be worth  :(

http://www.clarkagency.co.uk/salviati%20webpage.htm
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: svazzo on July 26, 2006, 10:02:19 AM
Hi Lynne,
Dont mean to pick on you, but you have posted this item on 3 different posts. On the main Glass board, and twice here. It would be best to keep it on 1 topic. Theres no need to keep posting the same items over and over.
Javier
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: josordoni on July 26, 2006, 10:24:57 AM
Quote from: "Max"
My best Murano bargain would still be my Salviati birds.  I was going to sell them, but I just can't bring myself to...yet!  They're beside the TV in the sitting room and I really love their fluidity.

Aren't they wonderful - I love the one with the upside down head!
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: josordoni on July 26, 2006, 10:26:15 AM
Sorry Svazzo, bit like Max with her birds, I just think it is wonderful, and thought it fitted this thread...

apologies.
Title: Your Best Murano Bargain!
Post by: svazzo on July 26, 2006, 06:08:43 PM
No problem Lynne,
As moderator I have to bring things like that up. You can certainly keep the first thread on here about the piece open, and will still be open to comment on. Hope you did get a great bargain on it!
Javier