Tips on Identifying Italian Murano Art Glass


September 27, 2019 29 Comments

Tips on Identifying Italian Murano Art Glass

Our Murano Art Glass Collection

Video Translation: Hi this is Jennifer here with City Farmhouse Antiques and I am here with this week's Find of the Week and this week takes us all the way to the Italian island of Murano, Italy. This is a beautiful aquarium hand blown glass sculpture. It is all hand done and hand blown. They moved the glass factories many, many years ago over to the island of Murano to prevent the danger of firer. Of course, glass blowing requires the use of fire kilns which increases the danger of fire and burning down homes. There were many fires that occurred inland thus choosing to move all the glass making factories to the island of Murano where they have been making the glass for years and years and still make glass today. The makers of Murano glass are famous for their aquarium art glass sculptures. If you can imagine, this piece is about 8" wide by 7" tall, having this heavy piece of molten glass on the end of a very long stick where it is layered and spun. That is how they make their figures and all their pieces which makes the process very labor intensive. With any authentic piece of Murano glass the piece will be very heavy and made of solid glass. More modern pieces from China will be much lighter when you pick them up. When you understand the feel of a true, authentic piece of Murano Italian glass you are going to be able to easily pick up a piece of glass and be able to tell when it is fake. You will also see on a high quality piece of Murano glass that is hand blown, where the piece comes off of the rod you will see what they call a polished pontil. This is where the heavy piece of glass comes off the long rod. This will also help you to identify the maker of a piece of glass. Many times on a piece of glass the pontil won't be polished, but on Murano glass the pontil is always polished down into a round concave area like you can see here. Sometimes these pieces are signed, sometimes they are not. This particular piece is not signed. I have another beautiful piece here that is also in the shape of a block aquarium. In this piece you can see many of the Italian techniques used like the aventurine technique where you can see the metallic shimmer where they added small pieces of metal during the melting of the molten glass. Another way to identify Murano glass is by the detail. Look at the attention to detail on this piece on the fish, the striations, the coloring, the eyes. You can see this is a well made piece with all the attention to detail and all the techniques used to make the piece. Of course, this piece has a sticker tag on it which says Murano Made in Italy which is cheating and gives it away. These are two gorgeous pieces of Italian Murano art glass as well as a few tips on how to identify authentic Murano art glass. Be sure and check out our website at www.cityfarmhouseantiques.com where we have more than just antiques and give us a like on Facebook.



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