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Vintage Cristallo Square Blue Glass Bottle with Stopper Made in Italy VERY GOOD
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Vintage Decorative Blue Sculpted Glass Perfume Bottle Made in Italy
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VINTAGE NECKLACE ITALY LONG GLASS MILIFIORE BEADED COLORFUL GLASS VENETIAN
$23.40
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Vintage Murano Italy Art Glass Paperweight Blue White Millefiori Bubble RARE
$80.00
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Contemporary James Alex Butterfly Paperweight Murano Glass Italy
$7.50
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Womens Prada Italian Glasses Sunglasses Frames Made in Italy SPR14L
$120.00
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Vintage Murano Italy Art Glass Paperweight Red White Millefiori Bubble RARE
$80.00
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VINTAGE VICTORIAN MICRO MOSAIC BROOCH ITALY
$125.00
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ANTIQUE COLORED CHANPAGNE FLUTES MADE IN ITALY
$19.99
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3 VTG COASTERS GLASS CUT SILVER PLATED ITALY FREE SHIPPING
$13.75
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Vtg Green Clear Glass Wine Bottle Bamboo Holder Salt Pepper Shaker Italy C
$27.99
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Murano Italy Mid Century Modern Ribbon Glass Vase Great Design
$39.99
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SET OF 4 NICE GLASS COASTERS SILVER PLATE LEONARD MADE IN ITALY
$14.99
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BORMIOLI ROCCO FRIGOVERRE 39 Oz Clear GLASS PITCHER W LID HANDLE ITALY
$18.99
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RARE 6pc Bormioli Rocco Tempered Italy Glasses Cappuccino Shots Yellow Orange
$9.80
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New Gucci GG 3567 W6Z Black Glasses Frames Eyeglasses Made in Italy 52mm
$139.95
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7 Piece Vintage Amber Glass 64 oz Pitcher Tumbler Set Made in Italy
$10.99
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Vintage Murano Glass Swan Dish Italy Crystal Clear Blue Green Pink
$19.99
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VINTAGE PEWTER CHRIST ON THE CROSS WITH BLUE GLASS INLAY MEDAL WITH CHAIN
$9.71
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RARE OLD COBALT BANDED VENETIAN EYE TRADE BEAD 10mm x 12mm
$11.99
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Vintage VETRAVIR Italy Clear Paneled Glass Water Tumbler
$2.99
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Sterling Silver Cedora Italy 925 Filigree Caged Green Glass European Bead Charm
$28.99
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Vintage Wine Cobalt Blue Glass Decanter Vase Jug Bottle 15 Tall Made In Italy
$19.99
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Glass Swan Salt Cellars Silver Metal Head Moving Open Cut Decorated Wings Italy
$19.99
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VINTAGE MURANO ART GLASS ITALY CLOWN FIGURINE 11 5 8
$89.99
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VTG AMBER Art Glass Wine Decanter Basket Weave Bottom Filled w Grapes ITALY
$19.00
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Vintage Signed Fratelli Toso Murano Paperweight 4 Leaf Clovers 3 1 8 Italy
$99.99
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Large Vintage AMBER GLASS PITCHERunique design Made in Italy
$24.00
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Gorgeous Vintage Thick Green Glass Pitcher Vase with Basket Holder Italy
$34.99
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NEW MIKASA PARTRIDGE CRYSTAL 10 OZ GOBLET LEAD CRYSTAL ITALY
$9.99
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Vintage Miniature Mini Glass Oil Kerosene Lamp by Lamp Light Made in Italy
$29.99
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NEW MIKASA TIARA 8 OZ WINE GLASS LEAD CRYSTAL ITALY
$9.99
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Vintage Italian Facet Clear AB Crystal Glass Prism Chandelier Part Beads Lot
$34.99
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Unique glass vintage goose decanter
$5.00
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Bormioli Rocco Sorgente Cooler Glasses 15 1 2 oz Set of 4 Bar Pub Drinkware
$19.95
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MURANO GLASS VINTAGE PURSE VASE BROWN YELLOW MILLEFLORI DESIGN ITALY
$193.55
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Vintage set of 4 Leonard Silverplate cut glass starburst coaster made in ITALY
$10.00
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Vintage Post WWII Ray Ban Aviator Sun Glasses Made in Italy
$19.99
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Vintage Eglomise Italian Side Table s Painted glass wood metal find condition
$179.00
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STUNNING MURANO MOTHER OF PEARL IRIDESCENT FOLDED BOWL HANDBLOWN 7 1 4 ITALY
$29.99
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Venetian Murano Millefiori Moretti Italy Bead Long EARRINGS Kirsten USA HandMade
$48.36
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Murano Like Glass Art 8 Rooster Chicken Perfect for Easter and paperweight
$39.99
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Arte Murano Kristall Lavorazione A Mano Italy Blue Yellow White Rare Vase
$40.00
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Capodimonte Huge Vintage Table Lamp Floral Glass Globe Shade Boy Girl
$331.57
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Antique Art Deco Glass Vase Striking Design and Colors Signed but Cannot Read
$75.00
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Antique Vintage Art Glass Bird Paperweights Murano Italy
$27.00
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Signed JONIA 97 Colorful DUAL POSITION Sparkly ART Glass PERFUME BOTTLE STOPPER
$45.00
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Eames Smoke Glass Red Black Europe Spain Italy Greece Dan Baird Bent Glass Tray
$34.99
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Vintage Venetian Glass Clown Planter 9
$21.00
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Vintage Glass Beer Stein Italy Pewter Lid
$9.00
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Vintage Millefiori Brooch Pin Murano Italy
$15.00
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Vintage Venetian Glass Clown 8 3 4 Red Pepper
$27.00
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Vintage Venetian Glass Clown 6
$15.00
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MURANO LAVORAZIONE ARTO ITALY FROSTED AQUA WHITE SWIRLED BOWL FRUIT BASE
$14.00
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DILLARDS NOBLE EXCELLENCE GLASS CANDLE HOLDER CANDLE NIB MADE IN ITALY
$12.99
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Made In Italy Avocado Green Bowl With Handle
$10.19
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Vtg Hand Crafted MURANO Glass Pendant ITALY 18K White gold plated Clasp 2 1 4 L
$16.95
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Lancaster Italy Womens Chronograph Mineral Glass Watch OLA0633MB Z BK NR CL
$115.10
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Lot 6 Vintage Clear Glass Made in Italy Scalloped Ice Cream Dishes 55 in tall
$60.00
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DINO MARTENS ORIENTE BOWL DISH ITALIAN MURANO VTG ANTIQUE ITALY MODERN VASE LAMP
$666.00
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VENETIAN GLASS COMPOTE BAROVIER ITALIAN MURANO VTG ANTIQUE STEMS GOLD VASE LAMPS
$220.00
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VENETIAN GLASS COMPOTE BAROVIER ITALIAN MURANO VTG ANTIQUE STEMS GOLD VASE LAMPS
$99.00
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Vtg eyeglass frames Luxottica Avante garde glasses Italy 56 17 140 EUC aviator
$49.99
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MURANO 95 x 8 x 25 MULTI COLOR FREE FORM GLASS GONDOLA CENTERPIECE
$11.00
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NEW PRADA GLASSES VPR 05P 2AU 1O1 HAVANA TORTOISE 50 18 140 W CASE VPR05P ITALY
$84.55
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Prada Italy BLACK TRANSPARENT medium 52mm Eyeglass frame 18P QFJ 1o1 GOLD 0130
$122.55
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Large Vintage Seguso Vase Murano Italy Martinuzzi Chihuly Venini Era
$1,750.00
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Calligaris Planet Round Glass Pedestal Dining Table 4 New York leather chairs
$350.00
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VINTAGE MURANO GLASS HEART PENDANT W SILVER NECKLACE HOLDER
$24.50
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NEW Rare Cut Glass Decanter Whisky liquor Bar Set Italian Made Beautiful Gift
$68.00
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Leaning Tower of Pisa Italy Shot Glass
$6.99
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MIASTO SEXY ITALY CELEBRITY CAT EYE READER READING GLASSES SPECS+200 TORTOISE
$15.94
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Vtg PINK SEA ANEMONE Italian Murano Venetian Art Glass Gold Dust Bowl Italy WOW
$149.99
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MURANO GLASS PENDANT NECKLACE GOLD WOVEN CORD 15 ADJUSTS
$11.00
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Glass Nautical Clipper Ship Ice Bucket
$20.00
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Vintage Venetian Mosaic Millefiori Glass Tesserae Guitar Pin Brooch Gold Tone
$27.99
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Etched Glass Nautical Clipper Ship Decanter
$15.00
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Rare Glass Snail Figurine Label Made in Murano Italy V Nason 5 1 4T x2 1 2W
$44.99
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Sweet Touch of Blue Cat Figurine Label C Murano Italy V Nason 5 1 4T x2 1 2W
$49.99
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cut to clear champagne flute red Le Stelle Italy
$20.00
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Murano Italy Bottle Stopper Gorgeous Art Glass Rooster Collectible Stopper Great
$24.88
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Glass Bowl Silverplated Rim 5 Pc Fruit Dessert Set Vtg by Bormioli Rocco Italy
$28.95
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Vintage 2 Quart Bormioli Rocco Kufra Clear Ribbed Glass Pitcher Made in ITALY
$16.99
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Florentine Original Vivid Blue Diamond Pattern Hand Blown Pitcher made in Italy
$12.50
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Nicole Miller Martini Glass Pattern High Heel Black Womens Shoes US Size 10 M
$9.99
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Stunning LARGE Unusual Sky Blue Decorative Murano Art Glass Lamp
$399.99
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Murano Exotic Fish Venezia Italy 24k Gold Vintage Retro Art Glass Crafted
$199.00
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Large Vintage Dekra Crystal Candy Dish With Metal Base Made in Italy
$59.95
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Glass Italy

Murano Glass

Murano glass, was originally produced in Murano, an island located in Venice, in Italy.  From the 10th century, the glassmakers of Murano have been famous for their work. The glassmakers have since then settled in many different areas and countries but it is believed that the authentic glass of Murano is produced in Murano only.

Origin of Murano Glass

Art of glassmaking in Murano originally started in Rome in the 9th century. It had Muslim and Asian influence on the art. In 1291, the glassmakers became famous after they moved the foundries to the city of Murano. Murano glass started getting exported. By the 16th century, most of the citizens on the island of Murano were involved in one way or the other in glassmaking. In 1950s and 1960s Murano glass was produced for export and tourists in great quantity.

The glassmakers became very affluent, though they did not have the permission to depart from the country, some of them moved out to other countries and settled as far as Netherlands.

Types of Murano glass

Murano glassis made by special technology, over the years it has been refined and developed, some of them are-

  • Crystalline glass.
  • Enameled glass, made by the smalto technology.
  • Gold thread glass, made by aventurine.
  • Multicolored glass, made by millefiori.
  • Glass milk, made by lattimo.
  • Imitation gemstones
  • Sunken glass.

Murano glass today

Murano glassis used for many purposes; it is used to make jewelry, glass figurines, contemporary glass art, chandeliers, wine stoppers and stemware. The historical factories are still known for their products today some of the brands which became very famous and are still famous are,

  • Venini
  • Pauly
  • Barovier &Toso
  • Salviati
  • Seguso
  • Formia International.
  • Antica Vetreria Fratelli Toso

Techniques

Most of the Murano glassis made by the technique called the lampworking. Glass is made of silica. Silica when heated at very high temperature turns into its liquid form, it is again allowed to solidify, while passing from liquid to solid form, there is a period of time when the glass has very soft form but not completely solid, at this time the glassmakers shape it in any form they want.

Some specific techniques are used to make different types of glasses .some of them are-

  • Murrine technique
  • Millefiori
  • Filigree
  • Glass engraving
  • Gold engraving
  • Incalmo
  • Lattimo
  • Painted enamel
  • Ribbed glass
  • Submersion.

Materials

In addition to silica the other material used in glassmaking is flux. Flux is also called the melting agent. The importance of flux or sodium oxide is that it becomes soft at a lower temperature and it solidifies slower, thus the interval of time when the glass needs to be shaped is longer and helps the glassmaker to use that time in shaping.

The other materials used in glassmaking are sodium, which makes the surface of the glass opaque. Nitrate is used to eliminate bubble, to give color to the glass and also in making surface opaque. Arsenic is also used for the same three purposes.

Colors

Different colors of glass are made by adding different minerals or raw materials in the silica. For example, cobalt and copper compounds are used for making aquamarine glass. Solution of gold is used to make glass ruby red.

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Murano glasshas been famous and very popular for a very long time because of its ageless beauty and breathtaking designs.

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