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VINTAGE LEAD CRYSTAL SILVERPLATED EDGE CENTER HANDLE COMPARTMENT DISH ITALY
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MURANO GLASS VASE GENUINE MURANO BOUGHT IN ITALY LQQK
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GREY GOOSE Elegant Stemmed MARTINI GLASS Silvered Pewter Vine Stem
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PAIR OF 2 BORGONOVA QUEEN VINTAGE CLEAR GLASS CANDLE HOLDERS MARKED ITALY
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Artas Duck Label Murano Italy
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NORLEAN ITALY FROSTED CANDY CONTAINER WITH LID DELICATELY DECORATED
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RODENSTOCK SYBILLE EYE GLASSES A135 VINTAGE WOMENS Plastic Full Rim Clear ITALY
$29.68
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Bormioli Rocco Capitol 23 3 4 oz Whiskey Liquor Glass Decanter
$20.95
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Oil Vinegar Cruet Set Green Half Glass fitted Bottles Made in Italy 250ML
$9.99
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CAPER Italy INOXSS Sugar Bowl w Flip Lid Spoon Stainless Steel Glass
$14.99
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VTG Leather Wrapped Wine Liquor Bottle Decanter Made in Italy Lion Crest 10 1 2
$24.95
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VTG Leather Wrapped Wine Liquor Bottle Decanter Made in Italy Fleur Di Lis 10
$24.95
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VTG Leather Wrapped Wine Liquor Bottle Decanter Made in Italy Fleur De Lis 12
$24.95
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VTG Leather Wrapped Wine Liquor Bottle Decanter Made in Italy Lion Crest 13
$24.95
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VINTAGE GLASS DECANTER AND 4 SHOT GLASSES MADE IN ITALY
$19.99
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PORCELAIN TRINKET BOWL WITH RAISED PINK ROSE HANDLE ON THE LID MADE IN ITALY VGC
$8.99
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Pink Round Floral Italy Vase Very Heavy
$21.99
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PRADA GLASSES FRAME PR07RV TFF101 BLUE AZURE CRYSTAL 51 18 140 NEW
$119.99
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Murano Italian glass egg shaped flower paperweight
$4.99
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9 Beautiful Vintage Glass Christmas Candle Clipon Ornaments Marked MItaly
$19.25
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Small Metal Glass Filigree Box Vintage Italy
$29.00
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Murano Painted Mosaic Miniature Glass Perfume Bottle w Handcrafted Stopper
$29.99
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VINTAGE CHIANTI WINE ITALY GREEN GLASS BOTTLE
$8.00
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ART DECO VENETIAN MURANO MILLEFIORE LAMP WORK RED ART GLASS BEADS NECKLACE
$59.99
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Mid Century Modern Stretch Art Glass Vase Murano White Brown Yellow 9 Italy
$59.99
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Vintage Wine Brandy Decanter Stopper Italy Excellent
$21.59
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OWC Country National Flag Glass Christmas Tree Ornament
$9.49
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LOT OF 2 VINTAGE ROYAL CRYSTAL ROCK CANDLE HOLDERS 4 Across Italy
$7.75
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Made in Italy Tole Metal Tree with Glass Birds Possibly Toso Pink and Blue
$39.99
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Lot of 3 Beautiful Vintage Glass Christmas Candle Clipon Ornaments MItaly
$7.75
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Paperweight Glass Egg Shape with Red and Gold Spiral Swirls Murano Italy
$21.95
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Lot of 3 Beautiful Vintage Glass Christmas Candle Clipon Ornaments MItaly
$4.75
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Vintage Retro Mid Century Amber Bubble Glass Genie Bottle With Stopper Italy 22
$19.99
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Duotone Teardrop Vase SIGNED Luigi Onesto Murano Italy
$375.00
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Vintage Green Decantor Italy Barware
$15.00
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Free Form Design Beautiful MURANO Glass Basket from Italy
$32.00
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VINTAGE GLASS PERFUME BOTTLE JEWEL TONE COLORS BEAUTIFUL
$9.99
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JEWEL TONE COLORS GLASS PERFUME BOTTLES VINTAGE
$9.99
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VINTAGE Green Glass Wine Bottle Made In Italy
$24.99
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VINTAGE DECANTER W SHOT GLASSES EMERALD GREEN WITH FANCY GOLD TRIM
$9.99
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ITALY ITALIAN VACATION SUITCASE LUGGAGE TRUNK GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
$16.95
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De Carlini Glass Feather Flapper Diva Lady Girl Figure Ornament Decor Italy
$45.99
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Glass Handled Beer Mug 05L Vetaria Made in Italy Clear Glass Beer Stein
$19.00
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Vintage Glass Teardrop Gold White Mirror Silver Glitter Christmas Ornament Italy
$15.99
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Vintage Venetian Murano Italy Clip Earrings Red Gold Aventurine Art Glass Clips
$29.99
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MURANO GLASS METAL RUBBER WITH IRRIDESCENT COLORS BOTTLE STOPPER GREAT
$8.00
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MURANO GLASS METAL RUBBER WITH MUTI COLORS BOTTLE STOPPER NEW IN BOX
$9.00
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Vintage Mid Century Murano Art Glass Italy Dish Bowl with Red White Squares
$14.99
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VTG Oil and Vinegar Bottle Salt and Pepper Shaker Table Set Italy Green Glass
$5.50
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MURANO Italy Venetian Art Glass CLOWN Hat Candle holder Bowed legs Figurine 9
$17.99
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Blown Art Glass Christmas Tree Bird Bell Ornament Murano Italy Mid Century B14
$49.99
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Mastercraft Pipes Green Glass Bottle Stars Moon Italy Vintage
$20.95
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ITALIAN MILLEFIORI GLASS TILE FLORAL DESIGN on SMALL Vintage PILL BOX 1x 125
$29.99
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Floral Mosaic Pin Diamond Shaped Vintage Italy Flowers Micromosaic
$99.99
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Vintage 2 Cast Antique Oval Wall Plaques Glass Italy
$19.00
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Lavorato A Mano Blown Glass Murano Art Made In Italy 2 Bowls Centerpieces
$29.00
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VINTAGE COCA COLA GLASS BELL MADE IN ITALY NR 3 DAY
$22.00
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Fratelli TOSO Art Glass Copper Aventurine ITALY Glass BOWL Ermanno Toso 1950s
$48.75
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antique vtg glass feather xmas ornament italy original box set tree topper also
$95.00
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Formia Vetri Specked Art ITALY Glass Di Murano BUNNY RABBIT Figurine w Label
$41.25
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BLUE IRIDESCENT BLOWN SHELL SCULPTURE BOWL MURANO STYLE ITALY ITALIAN
$25.00
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Vintage Azure Blue Opaque Millglass Goblet Vase blown glass Italy
$24.00
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Vintage Emerald Green Art Glass Fruit Basket Design Made In Italy Decanter IO
$15.99
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Vintage Florentia Gold Leaf Gilt Wood Toleware W Glass Tobacco Ashtray Italy 836
$19.99
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Murano Glass Beads Aqua 18 20 Necklace from Italy
$15.00
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Vintage Christmas Italy 3D Indent Ornament Church Snow Scene Italian Glass
$30.00
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Salviati Murano Italy Small Etched Crystal Glass Bowl
$15.00
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Mirari for Luxottica ITALY Womens READING GLASSES RED Eyeglass FRAMES
$20.00
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Vtg Antique Italian Glass Inlaid Mosaic Floral Motif Multi Color On Blue Brooch
$18.00
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MURANO GLASS CLEAR CHRISTMAS TREE 10 SIZE
$75.00
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White Milk Glass Student Lamp Globe Shade Made In Italy With Original Sticker
$10.00
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VINTAGE 15 TALL AQUA BLUE EMPOLI ITALY RETRO MID CENTURY ART GLASS DECANTER
$10.45
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Beautiful Vintage Italy Etched Glass Decanter From Willoughby Golf Club Florida
$70.00
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Vintage Italian Green Glass w Gold designs Decanter set w four Shotglasses
$19.00
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Italiuan BLACK AMETHYST Fruit Mixing BOWL scolloped edges Marked Italy
$25.00
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GODINGER ITALY Vintage Silverplate Fine Quality Crystal Pitcher with Ice Tube
$29.95
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BEAUTIFUL NORDSTROM MADE IN ITALY MILKY WHITE WEAVED FRUIT BOWL GREAT
$20.00
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Vintage Distressed Ashtray wood box with clear glass Ashtray ITALY
$14.98
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3 Cappuccino VITROSAX Italy CLEAR GLASS w Chrome HOLDER Coffee Cup Mugs w holder
$24.99
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Amber Brown Hobnail Thumbprint Pressed Glass Italy Decorative Flower Vase
$24.99
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Mid Century Blown Murano Glass Leaf Chandelier Replacement 145 Italy Seguso
$41.00
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Set of Queen Glass Candle Holders Clear Tapered GB Italy 20
$4.99
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Cristilleria Fumo Hand Made 8 Glasses Port Wine Cordials New
$29.00
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Vintage art glass ruffled edge basket w silver tone metal base Italy Italian
$52.00
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Golden Crown Italy ER Leather Green Glass Decanter
$39.95
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Vintage ITALIAN GLASS MICRO MOSAIC GUITAR BROOCH signed Italy
$49.99
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Crystal Diamond Cut Shot Shooter CLEAR Glasses Set of 4 Italy
$9.99
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Clear Glass Pitcher
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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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