Hand-blown cased art glass internally decorated with metallic strands and particles.
Crepuscolo is an Italian glass decor technique using steel or copper wool. ‘Crepuscolo’ means ‘dusk’ or ‘twilight’ in Italian. This glass decor was invented (or rediscovered) by Ercole Barovier (Italian glass master). In the Barovier examples we’ve seen, the metallic strands are more pronounced and ‘wirey’. The same technique was used with this pitcher.
Big, full-sized pitcher, weighs 5 lbs. Measures 10” tall and 9” at widest.
- Beautiful and useful hand-made Italian glass stacking ashtrays from the 1960s/1970s. Set of three.
- Designed to be versatile. Will double as candleholders, incense burners, catch-alls, flowers, plants, and even snack bowls.
- Wonderful retro ‘olive green’ color enhances the organic design. Heat finished rims were pulled, and side fins were stamped by hand.
- Largest measures 5” wide and 3” tall. Medium-size measures 4” wide and 2.25” tall. Small bowl fits in the palm of your hand, measures 3½” wide, 2” tall. In like-new condition.
- Rare set of blown optic glass brandy snifter balloons. Each hold 7 ounces (with 1” lip-service). Perfect for brandy, but great for fancy mixed cocktails too.
- Not often seen in this size. These are made to drink from, rather than the oversize optic snifter balloons which were made to be used as vases. Especially hard to find as a set.
- All in like-new condition. Hand-made in Italy, circa 1950s.
- Blown from a diamond pillow optic mold in golden amber glass. The colorless foot and stem were formed separately and applied. Stand 4 1/8” tall.
- Perfect for the retro modern bar. Unique Italian bar glass.
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- Very scarce V Nason & Company Murano art glass wine decanter with original box and literature.
- The artist, Vincenzo Nason, trained at the reknown Venini glass works in Italy. V Nason & Co. (VNC) was the last incarnation of the Nason family glass making companies, established in 1989 and no longer in business today.
- This stunner has the original label (V.Nason&C Murano Italy), box, literature, and ispermanently engraved near the base with ‘V Nason’.
- The box bears a colorful label with little known examples of other VNC art glass items. The box alone is a collectible item. Very little is known about the late VNC and it’s products.
- Included is the original literature from VNC. It congratulates the owner of this fabulous decanter and states the Nason family has created glass art in Murano since the 13th Century and produced home articles and tableware since 1936.
- As far as we can tell, this is the first documentation of this modernist style decanter. The line was called L’oggetto, design & emozione (emotion). L’oggetto means ‘the object’. Translated to English: “The Object, Design and Emotion”.
- The body is amethyst and the cup stopper is ruby red. The stopper box is stamped with ‘540 Rosso’ (rosso translates to ‘red’ see image 3). The stylized stopper doubles as a bottoms-up wine glass.
- Hand-made, hand-blown. Stands 13” tall on a 6.25” wide base. In perfect condition. Probably made in 1989-1990. VERY scarce item.
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- Beautiful Venetian glass basket from mid-20th century Italy.
- Old sticker on base reads “Genuine Venetian Glass Made in Murano Italy”. This is a generic label from the 1940s to 1960s. The sticker is not directly attributed to one of the infamous mid-century Italian glass masters, but likely came from one of their studios. Read more about Italian Glass.
- Hand-made in plum amethyst crystal with richly defined diamond pillow optic decor and applied colorless reeded handle and ruffled rim and base. Gold leaf is spattered throughout the colorless glass. The rim, handle and base ruffle were applied to the optic basket. Well-made by a fine artist.
- In perfect condition. Measures 7½” tall, 7.75” long, and 5.25” wide.
- For the luxurious Easter basket! Lovely eye-catching item with multiple uses; flowers, fruit, business cards, etc.
- Murano gold dust paperweight and leaf bowl. Ultra rich gold aventurine leaf bowl and matching paperweight bearing the original ‘Murano Made in Italy’ sticker.
- The paperweight is loaded with gold dust encased in solid clear glass. It is semi-opaque because the gold is so thick. The leaf bowl was done with veils of gold dust.
- The sticker on the base is frustrating. We researched Italian labels endlessly and couldn’t match it to a designer. It is an old sticker, probably used for exports. Our best guess is Tyra Lundgren for Venini, Archimede Seguso, Ercole Barovier, or Salviati. Lundgren designed a leaf bowl exactly like this for Venini so we lean in that direction. This set was discovered with the Salviati bird shown in image 5 (available separately - See Italian glass category). Maker is unknown. Circa estimated 1940 - 1950. Read more about Italian Glass .
- The dainty leaf bowl measures 3 3/8” long, 2 5/8” wide, and 1 1/8” tall. The gold ball fits neatly inside the leaf bowl. It measures 2 3/8” tall, 2 1/2” wide and weighs just over ½ lb. Both are in excellent condition.
- Beautiful Italian Venetian gold ribbed watermelon paperweight. Richly laden with spiraling ribs of gold flake and mimicking wisps of green and pink verde behind the gold. Encased in crystal. Looks like a mellon. Intricate and beautiful. Click here to read more about Italian glass.
- The KB Italian Glass sticker tells us that this big beauty was imported from Italy during the 1960s to 1970s. The ‘Koscherak Brothers’, established in 1887, brought huge amounts of Italian art glass to New York for distribution in the United States. Although the export glass art was never signed by the original artists or glass houses, many were designed by well-known mid-century Italian Masters such as Fratelli Toso and Barbini. The ‘KB’ sticker has been found coupled with A.VE.M. s(Arte Vetraria Muranese) sticker, a well-known Italian luxury glass maker.
- Made by hand. Weighs 2 lbs. Stands 3½” tall and 3” wide.
Attention grabbing vase stands 17” tall. Beautiful for bunchs of trailing flowers. Will hold a 3” wide potted plant (pot will slip into the mouth of the vase, held at the top by the rim. Ferns look awesome.
- Hand-blown from Italy, circa 1950s - 1960s. Read more about vintage Italian glass. The rocket shaped bowl has vertical optic panels. The stem and domed foot were applied separately.
- In perfect condition. Shines like new. Beautiful. In image above this vase sits behind a huge spiral optic goblet vase (available separately) and a giant bunch of resin grapes.
This retro modern Italian ceiling lamp was discovered and removed from a kitchen in Colorado. The house was built in 1960. The lamp was original to the house. We removed it ourselves.