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OWL VINTAGE OWLS White w Beautiful Yellow Glass Eyes MADE IN ITALY BY FA
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Marquis by Waterford Italy Candleholder Votive Tealight Sunburst Mohegan Sun New
$19.99
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Lot 3 Murano Italy Art Glass Grape Bunch Clusters Green Purple Gold 3 1 2 Tall
$10.75
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Vintage K B Italy Ruby Red Glass Bell Christmas 1975 HP by Lori 222
$12.00
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Vintage K B Italy Ruby Red Glass Bell 1976 Bicentennial 1776 1976
$12.00
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Small Glass Silver Handle Ice Bucket Ice Tongs Mid Century Vintage Italy 1970s
$39.00
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Vtg Murano Blue and Frosted Matte Ventian Glass Necklace Strand String
$19.99
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Carlo Nason ffor Mazzega Orange Glass Table Lamp
$550.00
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Gino Vistosi White Clear Italian Glass Ghost Lamps PAIR MidCentury Modern
$1,500.00
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Gino Vistosi White Glass Amoeba Lamp midcentury Modern Italian
$750.00
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Marquis by Waterford Maximillian 12 Bowl made in Italy NWT
$25.99
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Tiffany Co TF 1004 B 6003 49 17 130 Eye Glasses Optical Frames w Crystals
$99.99
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MURANO GLASS WOMENS WATCH MADE IN VENICE ITALY
$59.99
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Aqua Gold Italian Murano Glass Bead 925 Sterling Silver Reflection Beads
$27.28
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Vintage Emerald Green Bubble Italy Murano Art Glass Coffee Table Dish
$55.00
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ANTICA MURRINA Rubik Murano Glass Drops Earrings Multi Color Made in Italy
$58.03
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10 Murano Art Glass Coffee Table Dish Swirl Cased Italy Vintage
$85.00
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9 Murano Art Glass Coffee Table Dish Teal Green Heavy Italy Lovely
$95.00
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Beautiful Glass Silverplate Wine Juice pitcher decanter w ice tub insert ITALY
$45.00
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Antique Venetian 1000 Eye Skunk Trade Beads Strand of 31 Rare Cobalt Blue Glass
$89.00
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Leonard Silver Plate Crystal Glass Coasters Ashtrays Made Italy Set Of 8
$7.99
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VINTAGE GUCCI SET OF 3 CANISTERS WITH BLUE COBALT GLASS LIDS RARE GORGEOUS SET
$395.00
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Italian Art Glass Tall Crystal Candle Holders Vases White Crystal Italy15
$22.00
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$9.00
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Vintage Colbalt Blue Glass tall Containers tall 2 LB bail wire Made In Italy
$24.99
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Murano Glass Owl Art Italy
$19.99
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SET OF SIX 6 CROWN ROYAL WHISKEY ITALY ETCHED ROCKS GLASSES TUMBLERS Nice
$36.00
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Gorgeous Handmade Italian Murano 11 Assort Glass Canes BRACELET Gold Tone 75
$45.00
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Ziploc VersaGlass OVEN SAFE Food Storage Large 64oz or Medium 32 ounce Container
$24.83
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eye glasses frame
$25.00
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BASCAL ALUMINUM GLASSES SET OF 4 MADE IN ITALY SCRATCHED
$12.99
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Art Glass Silverback Gorilla Figurine
$65.00
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Antique Italian Beer Boot Bierria S Marcos 10 Tall Ground Bottom
$125.00
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ECCOLO MURANO VENEZIA GLASS HANDCRAFTED PAPERWEIGHT MADE IN ITALY ORIGINAL BOX
$9.95
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Vintage Italian Necklace Earring Set Silver Foil Lampwork Drizzle Beads Glass
$89.99
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Vintage Clear Glass Fruit Themed Jug Made in Italy 9 by 45 inches
$3.50
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SERENGETI LIZZANO ESPRESSO PHOTO+POLAR GLASS DRIVERS LENS SUNGLASSES 7433 NEW
$129.99
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4 Leonard Silver Plate Crystal Clear Glass Coasters Star Burst Italy FREE S H
$15.00
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Murano Art Glass Vase Ann Primrose Collection Peacock Green Excellent Condition
$75.00
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La Murrine Murano Glass Italy brown 5 1 2 bowl signed small tag
$25.20
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AUTHENTIC HandCrafted MURANO GLASS PENDANT FROM ITALY Item 105207
$16.75
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AUTHENTIC HandCrafted MURANO GLASS PENDANT FROM ITALY Item 105205
$16.75
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AUTHENTIC HandCrafted MURANO GLASS PENDANT FROM ITALY Item 105207A
$16.75
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AUTHENTIC HandCrafted MURANO GLASS PENDANT FROM ITALY Item 105208A
$14.75
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AUTHENTIC HandCrafted MURANO GLASS PENDANT FROM ITALY Item 105208
$16.75
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AUTHENTIC HandCrafted MURANO GLASS PENDANT FROM ITALY Item 105206
$16.75
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VINTAGE MOD DEP ITALIAN BOTTLE MARKED VE A 250CC 7 ITALY GREEN TINTED GLASS
$10.00
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Vintage Murano Blown Glass and Brass Lamp from Italy Emerald Green w Cobalt Blue
$1,495.00
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Super 6 Magnum Mushroom Shaped Millefiori Sea Star Paperweight Italy
$69.95
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Vintage Stunning Green Gold Speckled Murano Italy Art Glass Bowl Italian
$145.00
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VINTAGE INTRICATE PATTERN WEDDING CAKE MURANO GLASS EARRINGS ITALY
$79.00
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Vintage Italian Murano Venetian Purple Copper Sparkle Art Glass Bead Bracelet
$23.99
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Vintage Italian Huge Clear Crystal Glass Drop Prism Chandelier Parts Beads Lot
$29.99
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Vintage Ship Glass Bottle Decanter AMBER YELLOW 9 x 5
$11.25
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VINTAGE FESTIVAL GLASSWARE 6 Shot Glasses And One Decanter Made In Italy
$19.99
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Vintage Pan Am Italy Glass
$6.99
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Nice Italian Royal Crystal Rock 275 Puzzle Jewelry Box 24 Lead P E O Mint
$9.99
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GORGEOUS ART VASE FROM ITALY ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL 12 TALL PESCOCK BIRDS
$30.00
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Vintage Italian Mix Clear AB Crystal Glass Prism Chandelier Beads Parts Lot
$29.99
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Vntg LGElegant Crystal Italy Cut Glass Cast Gold Leaf Pedestal Covered Compote
$47.99
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Vintage Genuine Italian Sommerso Murano Venetian Lilac Round Art Glass Bead Lot
$21.99
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Vintage Rada Italy Gold Chain Clear Glass Bead Cluster Bold Dangle Clip Earrings
$34.99
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Vintage FISH BOTTLE Wine BAR DECANTER Green GLASS ITALY
$9.99
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Rare Murano MARTINI Art Glass Angel Fish Stem Italy
$59.99
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VINTAGE CLEAR PATTERN GLASS FOOTED BUD VASE MARKED ITALY 18
$7.99
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Lot of 9 Antique Venetian Millefiori Trade Beads Green Mustard Brick Red 16x10mm
$70.00
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Persol Sunglasses Glasses Model 2989S 24 57 Brown Havana Authentic ITALY New
$149.00
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VINTAGE Wonderful Murano Art Glass Flying Duck Swan Goose
$44.95
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VINTAGE Handmade Italian Murano Art Glass Giant Blue Fin Tuna fish
$33.75
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Murano Art Glass Horse w Gold Flake Accents
$62.95
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VINTAGE Elegant Murano Glass Art Swan Crane
$33.75
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Mint Authentic Venetian Murano Glass Made in Italy Sailboat Figurine Orange
$29.99
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Multi Colored Parrot Hand Blown Murano Glass Made in Italy MINT
$29.99
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NEW Ray Ban Eye Glasses Eyeglasses RB3413 002 Polished Black 59 18 3N Italy Made
$149.99
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Vintage Italian Hand blown Just Ducky Christmas Ornament
$59.95
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8 STARS PINWHEEL HANDCRAFTED LEAD CRYSTAL VASE Handle 5 1 4 High ITALY
$45.85
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2 LUBIANA ITALY Burgundy Gold Pattern DECANTER Glass BOTTLE STOPPER LIQUOR Glass
$48.96
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SILVER TONE CLEAR CRYSTAL ROSARY BEADS VATICAN ROME ITALY
$12.00
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Vintage Murano Hand Blown Glass Apple Made in Italy
$8.00
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Murano Art Glass Lavorazione Italy Large Ruffled Edge Vase yellow Crystal Clear
$100.00
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Cristal Mode made in Italy 8 Goblets Silver trimmed Lovely
$35.00
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STERLING SILVER ITALY TIGERS EYE FROSTED BLUE GLASS BEAD NECKLACE
$12.99
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Pair VINTAGE MID CENTURY ART GLASS RETRO HOBNAIL ITALY DECANTER GENIE BOTTLE
$45.00
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Vintage Large 10 1 2 Tall Beautiful Blue Glass Vase Made in Italy
$11.60
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Lovely Seguso Viro Murano Blue And Red Glass Bowl Italy Italian Art Signed Vase
$395.95
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Original KB Paperweight Italy Koscherak Brothers Made By Hand Ribbon Design
$159.95
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VINTAGE FLUTED 3 ARM CRYSTAL CHANDELIER FIXTURE CONTEMPORARY CHROME WORKING
$199.00
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Barovier Toso Shell Bowl Murano Italy Martinuzzi Chihuly Venini Era
$1,250.00
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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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