No-one likes general adverts, and ours hadn't been updated for ages, so we're having a clear-out and a change round to make the new ones useful to you. These new adverts bring in a small amount to help pay for the board and keep it free for you to use, so please do use them whenever you can, Let our links help you find great books on glass or a new piece for your collection. Thank you for supporting the Board.

Recent Posts

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 [7] 8 9 10
Glass / Re: Murano or T K Maxx?
« Last post by Lustrousstone on Yesterday at 07:28:18 AM »
The sparkly bits look too big and blobby and too copper coloured to be gold from what I can see
Murano & Italy Glass / Re: Who made this Vase
« Last post by Anne on Yesterday at 02:59:48 AM »
Link added :)
Glass / Re: Murano or T K Maxx?
« Last post by glassobsessed on Yesterday at 12:16:25 AM »
Empoli does seem favourite for this style, more examples and that previous discussion here:,62540.0.html

If this vase is like the others it will be gold leaf added to the clear glass.

Glass / Re: Murano or T K Maxx?
« Last post by KevinH on December 07, 2016, 11:57:56 PM »
On the subject of "aventurine" my simplified understanding is summed up by Harold Newman, in his book, An Illustrated Dictionary of Glass, 1977 & 1987:
aventurine glass: A type of translucent glass ... simulating brownish aventurine quartz ... The earliest form, of brownish colour flecked with copper (called 'gold aventurine') ... beginning of the 17th century ... attributed to a Murano glass-making family ..."

I believe the "problem" is that the term "aventurine glass" has in so many cases been abbreviated by makers, authors and collectors (etc. etc.) to "aventurine" and the implicit "simulation of metallic particles" is simply overlooked.
Glass / Re: Is this Tango glass?
« Last post by glassobsessed on December 07, 2016, 11:56:07 PM »
It is not that unusual to get a little variation in colour with these vases but yours is more pronounced, nice example.

It might well have been made by Welz:

from this group on

Result with that marble!

Glass / Looking for ID help on signed cut glass tumblers with red & white stripes
« Last post by raibos on December 07, 2016, 10:04:07 PM »
Hello glass people.  I recently acquired a set of cut glass tumblers, nice clean modern design, very heavy.  There signed with an acid etched mark as shown.  I've been hunting for the mark on the web but so far no luck.  Anyone recognize? 

Any help appreciated and happy holidays!
Glass / Re: Murano or T K Maxx?
« Last post by Paul S. on December 07, 2016, 09:41:43 PM »
at the risk of offending Christine.............. :-*

strictly speaking aventurine inclusions means that the sparkle is produced by one of the colours of quartz flakes, since aventurine is a mineral, rather than a metallic source such as copper or gold  -  so believe Christine is suggesting that the sparkle here is produced by aventurine and not gold - as might be the case with Empoli.
regret I'm not clever enough to see just from these photos exactly what is producing the sparkle here.

Personally, I haven't a clue where this piece of glass was made - sorry to be unhelpful - but I do like it :)

P.S.        as a totally uneducated punt, mho is that the outline shape and rim of this piece are too conventional for Murano - but that is only an opinion..........   can also add that Murano did use copper, silver and gold flake inclusions in their mid C20 wares  -  and unfortunately, they, or more accurately various authors, used the word aventurine when describing these metallic inclusions  -  although correctly these descriptions aren't interchangeable.             I'm not aware that Murano glass has ever included real aventurine  ...........  but am sure someone will correct me very quickly if I'm wrong. ;D
Glass / Re: Murano or T K Maxx?
« Last post by Macquirie on December 07, 2016, 09:08:18 PM »

 Thanks to both of you for your replies  :)

   Lustrousstone - I'm not sure what you mean by Gold and not Aventurine? like I say complete Newbie.

Glass / Re: Murano or T K Maxx?
« Last post by Lustrousstone on December 07, 2016, 08:56:29 PM »
They usually have gold in the trim, not aventurine though...  ???
Glass / Re: Murano or T K Maxx?
« Last post by mrs vulture on December 07, 2016, 08:28:50 PM »
Hi Mac, I have a large bowl which I wanted to identify the same type as your vase. I posted it a few months ago, Ivo said it was Empoli, but I can't find any info. They turn up quite often in all shapes, bowls, vases and baskets. Somebody else said they didn't think the quality was good enough to be Murano. I'm still not sure what it is.  ???    Cheryl
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 [7] 8 9 10
Look for glass on 
Look for glass on (US)

Link to Glass Encyclopedia
Link to Glass Museum

This Website is provided by Angela Bowey, PO Box 113, Paihia 0247, New Zealand