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Vintage Mid Century Murano Art Glass Italy Dish Bowl with Red White Squares
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Hand Blown Glass Ornament made in Italy NOS
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Italian Blown Glass Turtle Pendant SO CUTE
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Asian Happiness Symbol Pendant Baby Blue Real Silver
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$50.00
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Murano Hand Blown Glass Sculpture Made In Italy With Original Label
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Heavy Glass Paper Weight Air Bubble in Glass with Colors Swirl by Murrona
$17.95
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Vintage 4 Ruby Red COLONY Sherbet Champagne Goblets made in Italy
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Christopher Radko Longaberger 1st Ed Father Christmas Glass Ornament Santa
$195.50
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$99.99
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Italy Diorama Indent Green Bulb Wire Wrapped Mercury Glass Christmas Ornament
$30.00
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Vintage Italian Hand Painted Father Christmas Santa Glass Ornaments set of 2
$45.00
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Christopher Radko Santa with Reindeer Glass Ornament Christmas 1999
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Vintage Large Ceramic Wine Glass w Fruit Design Square Serving Bowl Italy A4A
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JAY MADE IN ITALY VINTAGE CRANBERRY FLASHED GLASS DECANTER 6 CORDIAL GLASSES SET
$29.99
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2 Clear Glass Square Handled Mugs Cups Made in Italy
$16.99
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Per Alimenti Only Glass 1 2 Pint Locking Canister with Rubber Seal Made in Italy
$15.99
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NEW PORSCHE DESIGN 7001 B 50 20 135 GOLD BEIGE EYEGLASS GLASSES FRAME MENS ITALY
$97.47
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Christopher Radko Glass Ornament Santa Elves Sled Christmas 97 248 0 1997
$44.50
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Glass Millefiori Slice MEDIUM TRANSPARENT Moretti 104 COE 1 oz
$6.39
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Vintage Decanter Glass Set ITALY Liquer Liquor
$57.99
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5 Venetian Chevron Blue 4 Layer Antique Trade Beads approx 8 mm x 8 mm 34 gms
$14.50
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5 Cranberry Flashed Stemmed Cordial Glasses Enamel Grapes Gold Trim ITALY
$14.99
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Arte Italica Animale Set of 4 Pewter Animal Head Base Pilsner Beer Glasses Italy
$360.00
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Unique Vintage Green Double Glass Bead Rosary in Silk Case Key Ring From Italy
$55.00
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Unique Murano glass horse head wine stopper
$24.95
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Beautiful Blue flowered Murano wine stopper
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Beautiful Murano Italian glass Hummingbird wine stopper
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Stunning Blue Rooster wine stopper by Murano glass
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BEAUTIFUL MURANO ITALY 9 1 4 TALL ART GLASS HAND BLOWN CLOWN FIGURINE
$100.00
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Vintage Murano Venetian Art Glass Candy Dish Hand Blown Italy
$18.00
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RARE Vintage TOSCANO MONTALTO ITALY RED WINE GLASS FISH BOTTLE TIKI BAR CHIANTI
$22.95
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ERTE Modruzzato Glass Brass Lidded Box 8 inch Octogonal Hinged 100 Authentic
$1,995.00
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San Polo Murano Crystal Glass Amber 5 lights Chandelier Italy K11
$979.99
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Christopher Radko Christmas Glass Ornament Cowgirl Dollie 02 00 180 2002 Roping
$55.50
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MILOR ITALY Sterling 18K PEARL INTAGLIO Dangling Earrings
$199.00
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ROYAL KENDALL HANDMADE LEAD CRYSTAL ITALY FIGURE STATUE OWL signed on bottom
$24.99
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Vintage Gold Leaf Decanter Shot glass Set
$6.00
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Vintage Antique Venetian JI Co Sticker Blown Glass Murano Italy Birds Pair Set
$124.97
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Vintage Marble Base Cherub Angel Milk Glass Soap Dish Shabby Cottage Chic Italy
$12.00
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Laved Blown Glass Ornament Girl in German Dress 6 Hand Painted Made in Italy
$14.50
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Mrqano Glass pedant with gold foils imported fro the Island of Murano Italy
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VTG HAND BLOWN ITALY GREEN GLASS WINE DECANTER BOTTLE ICE CHAMBER STRAW STOPPER
$54.80
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Rosary Beads Virgin Mary Jesus Cross Religious medals Lot
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Laved Blown Glass Ornament Little Dutch Girl 6 Hand Painted Made in Italy
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LUIGI BORMIOLI GALLERIE 9 3 4 divided square glass serving tray handmade dishwa
$9.99
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Murano Italy Handblown Glass Rooster
$12.50
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Murano Glass Cat Figurine Statue Made in Italy Venezia Murano Gold Green Purple
$31.31
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Fendi Glasses
$199.99
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VENICIAN FUSION ART GLASS in Homage to Tiffanys Waterlillies from Italy
$332.50
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Vintage Italian Leather Lion Coat of Arms Green Glass Decanter Bottle
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PERONI NASTRO AZZURRO ITALY BAR RAIL MAT 4 BAR COASTERS NEW
$35.99
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Italian Murano Glass Pendent Fashion Jewelry Black Gold Trim Ribbon Necklase
$18.00
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Antique Demijohn Hand Blown Glass Wine Bottle Signed C C Livorno Italy XXXX
$30.00
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Vtg Italy Micro Mosaic Micromosaic Red Glass Tile Flower Pin Brooch
$49.00
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Strega Liqueur Frosted Glass Flower Ice Cream Bowl
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Vintage 5 Piece Salad Bowls Silver Rim ITALY Thumbprint with Salad Servers
$29.95
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PORSCHE DESIGN P8238 S1 PRESCRIPTION EYEGLASSES 8238 S1 EYE GLASS TITANIUM RED D
$149.00
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Set og 6 Expresso Small Glass Mugs Vintage Made in Italy Stamped ITALY
$12.00
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VINTAGE 10 MURANO ART GLASS CLOWN FIGURINE with Made in Italy Sticker
$29.99
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Global Amici Artic Glass Pitcher with Ice Insert 102 oz Made in Italy NEW
$19.99
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Vint Italy Milk Glass Shakers Souvenir St Pauls CathedralTower of London
$8.50
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Preston Bailey D1975680 Lace Candy Dish made by Egizia in Italy Set of 2
$6.99
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Clear Glass Canister hinged Lid made by Global Amici 5 Clear Ribbed Design
$15.00
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Rare Sterling Vintage Art Deco Murano Blown Glass Necklace
$425.00
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Christopher Radko BONNIE MAUREEN 1999 Breast Cancer Charity Ornament 99 SP 47
$25.17
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Christopher Radko FROSTYS FLIGHT 2000 ICE Special Edition Signed 00 ICE 01
$94.50
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Hand Made Murano Glass 6 Petal With Twisted Stem Red White Italy
$9.00
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lead crystal cake dish made in italy
$29.95
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GORGEOUS 16 MURANO Art Glass JUMPING FISH Sculpture Statue COLORFUL Italy Vase
$149.99
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Burberry 2074 Glasses Black
$79.99
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GORGEOUS Italian Murano Art Glass Perfume Bottle Cristalleria Stile Darte Italy
$59.99
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Vintage Murano Italy Purple Decanter with Lid
$12.50
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MURANO GLASS FROM ITALY AND DECORATIVE SILVER WOOD BASE BASKET7 1 2 H
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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.

About the Author

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

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