This is a magnificent large and heavy 1950/60's Venetian sculptural glass bird, made on the island of Murano , near Venice, Italy. In a stunning combination of opaque pink and white glass, known as Alabastro Glass.
Measures approx 8.25 inches tall by 13 inches in diameter at widest point. Excellent condition, has a couple of nicks to the base rim, and possibly some minor restoration done to the tip of one of the leaves on the base, but if so this has been done very well, as it is barely noticeable. All shown in final pictures. There is a lot of high quality glass coming out of China these days, which imitates the popular styles and techniques made famous by manufacturers on the island of Murano, Italy. However, some sellers have taken to listing these pieces as vintage Murano, purposely misdescribing them in order to trick buyers into paying over the odds for a piece of mass produced, Chinese glass, sometimes even going so far as to add their own Made in Murano labels.
The Murano Glass category is currently filled with hundreds of Chinese glass items, that if correctly listed would be in the Other Glass section. How can you tell the difference? Generally, most modern, Murano style, Chinese glass is quite a bit larger and heavier than their genuine counterparts. You can also familiar yourself with modern Chinese glass by browsing well known Chinese trade websites, and your local department stores such as TK Maxx and Debenhams. Identical vintage Murano items are very few and far between!
I hope this little guide helps buyers (and sellers) to learn the difference between modern Chinese glass and vintage Murano. To any other sellers of genuine Murano glass, if like me you are sick of seeing the Murano category flooded with modern Chinese glass, please feel free to copy this info and these pictures into your own listings, to help spread the word. The item "HUGE Archimede Seguso Alabastro Pink Murano Glass Bird" is in sale since Friday, January 22, 2021.This item is in the category "Pottery, Porcelain & Glass\Glass\Art Glass\Italian". The seller is "20thcenturyglass-shop" and is located in Bolton. This item can be shipped worldwide.