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Vintage Hand Painted Viarengo Glass Ship Liquor Bottle Made in Italy Boat
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$59.00
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$89.97
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Made in Italy Art Decor Champagne Flutes
$19.99
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$6.11
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$30.00
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$51.10
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Fine High Quality Swirl Glass and Chrome Metal Towel Holder
$750.00
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Antique Venetian Red Millefiori Oval Shaped Italian Bead African Trade Bead
$25.00
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Lot NEW INTERNATIONAL GLASS CHRISTMAS AFRICA ITALY IRELAND SPAIN ORNAMENT SET
$49.85
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Bormioli Rocco Selecta Rocks 6 Piece Glass Set
$17.54
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11 RARE OLD SMALL MIXED VENETIAN EYE CYLINDER TRADE BEADS
$55.25
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$80.00
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$24.99
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VENETIAURUM Made in Italy Ring Made of Murano Glass
$49.99
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$125.00
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$25.42
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$65.00
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$44.99
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$35.99
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Polo Ralph Lauren RL648 R4R 135 47 14 Designer Eyeglass Frames Glasses
$40.00
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$25.00
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Le Murrina Veneziana Murano Venetian Glass PENDANT EARRINGS SET BLUE NIGHT
$39.00
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Murano Art Glass From Italy Yellow White Flower Tear Drop Pendant Necklace
$23.95
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NEW Ray Ban RB3447 029 Gunmetal RETRO ROUND G 15 glass Sunglasses
$63.00
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Glass Cabinet Knobs Murano Glass Satin Finish Stainless steel
$50.00
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$32.59
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SALUTE ITALIA Handblown Purple Eggplant Glass Made in Italy
$10.49
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$29.00
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Venetian overlay beads Bermiese Whitehearts
$30.00
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PRESSED GLASS ICE BUCKET WITH MATCHING ICE TONGS MADE IN ITALY
$29.95
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VINTAGE COCKTAIL SHERBET GLASSES SET OF 8 STEMWARE ITALY
$12.99
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5 RARE OLD AMAZING BLACK VENETIAN AFRICAN KING TRADE BEADS
$34.00
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Pair Vintage Italian Modelo Depositato 15 oz Clear Boot Shot Glasses
$5.99
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Roberto Cavalli Pandora Sunglasses 188S Pale Gold Sexy Glasses Made in Italy
$179.99
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$168.99
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Rare Antique Venetian Millefiori Peacock Cane Beads
$45.00
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$11.50
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$7.75
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4 LARGE ITALY ITALIAN Style Green Tinted Glass Bottles Canada for Oil Vinegar
$35.00
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Sterling Millefiori black grey and white glass heart shaped ring
$13.00
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Fine Sterling Silver And Glass Megillah Case
$1,655.00
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Rossini of Italy Hand blown Cobalt Blue Hobnail decanter mid century
$39.99
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Venetian Overlay beads Whitehearts Burma
$55.00
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Sterling Millefiori matte finish white glass purse charm
$12.00
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27 34 STRAND OF RARE OLD TINY TRANSLUCENT COBALT STRIPED VENETIAN ANTIQUE BEAD
$9.99
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Sterling Millefiori golden glass cross charm
$15.50
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Stunning LARGE Murano Italian Art Glass Mid Century Fruit Pear Apple Bookends
$52.99
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27 STRAND OF RARE OLD TINY ORANGE VENETIAN ANTIQUE BEADS
$10.49
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$7.95
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DOLCE GABBANA DG 3171 COL 706 TORTOISE EYE GLASSES 54MM
$127.20
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27 STRAND OF RARE OLD TINY CLEAR VENETIAN ANTIQUE GLASS BEADS
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MID CENTURY LARGE ITALIAN ART GLASS VASE GOLD FLECKS 14 TALL
$65.00
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designer TRAVIGANTI Italy 175 round BRASS FRAMED Dried Flowers UNDER GLASS pic
$226.50
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vntg Argento Italy Venetian Art Glass VASE w 800 SILVER OVERLAY + bonus FR SHIP
$29.50
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Lavorazione Arte Murano made in Italy
$20.00
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Bormioli Rocco Kufra Glass Jug with Ice Container and Lid 72 3 4 oz Free Shippi
$10.43
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SET OF 4 DARTBOARD DART BOARD DARTS TUMBLER DRINKING GLASS GLASSES MADE IN ITALY
$9.99
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Murano Italy Elephant Art Glass Clear BLOWN GLASS Trunk to tail 7 Figurine
$7.00
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Murano JICo Hand Blown Art Glass Peacock Candy Dish Made in Italy
$33.99
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VTG ITALIAN GLASS OIL VINEGAR CRUETS BASKET CORK ITALY
$29.50
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Large Heavy Lead Crystal Vase Shannon Crystal made in Italy
$39.99
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Burberry Prescription Glasses Half Rim
$15.00
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VINTAGE PER ALIMENTI ITALY 1 2 L RED WHITE Glass CANISTER Bail Wire Jar Kitchen
$49.95
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Timon Vintage Decorated 14 Karat GlassWare Made In Italy 4 Tumblers Original Box
$99.99
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Vintage Christmas 1950s Italy Mouth Blown Glass Donald Duck Ornament Disney
$76.00
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Antique Hand Blown Amber Glass Pitcher Swirled Design
$15.51
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Large Antique Venetian Italian Millefiori Glass Cane Beads African Trade Beads
$50.00
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Antique Venetian Aventurine Art Glass Bead Necklace 22
$50.00
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Vintage Murano Black Multicolor Art Glass Crystal Bead 14 Choker Necklace 2a 98
$34.99
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Fendi F590 660 53 19 130 Designer Eyeglass Frames Glasses
$40.00
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$40.00
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Ralph Lauren Polo Classic 301 2DJ 50 19 135 Designer Eyeglass Frames Glasses
$40.00
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Vintage Venetian Millefiori Aventurine Glass Bead Colorful Twist 21x13mm
$11.99
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Vintage Blown Glass Brown Pitchers Jugs Italy Oil Wine Stoppers Decorated
$3.99
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Polo Ralph Lauren RL1382 7WN 130 47 13 Children Designer Eyeglass Frames Glasses
$40.00
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Polo Ralph Lauren 125 RL1388 ED9 48 15 Children Designer Eyeglass Frames Glasses
$40.00
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Pr Vintage Venetian Murano Millefiori Beads Footballs Colorful 18x12mm
$8.99
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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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