Behold this sublime Fratelli Toso bird | swan | some type of water fowl! It's done in pink opalescent and lattimo (white opalescent) glass, with bullicante (controlled bubbles) throughout and has a label fragment on the base still identifiable as Fratelli Toso. Look closely at how the deep pink glass around the bubbles stretch and merge through the neck. Masterful and miraculous -- THIS is what high quality murano glass looks like!
The internet is stewn with Chinese fakes claiming to be Murano glass--even on sites purportedly run by experts, e.g. 1stDibbs. Experienced collectors can tell a Chinese fake murano figurine by the complexity, craftmanship, and form of the piece (Chinese 'murano' animal figurines look awkward--garish colors, clubbed rather than graceful lines, and childish facial detail) but for Murano enthusiasts starting out, I've written a guide that exposes many of the fake Murano pieces on the market. Copy and paste the following link into your brower to see it!
DIMENSIONS: ~ 11" long x 7" long, 4.25 deep
CONDITION: PERFECT, save light base wear.
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What could be better than giving a gorgeous piece of vintage glass as a gift? (Aside from getting one, that is.) Glass is beautiful and functional--mostly! Consider a super mod biomorphic bowl or cased glass jar for a vanity or dresser, a platter/centerpiece for fruit on a countertop, or a vase for cut flowers. Not only does vintage glass bring exquisite delight to the most mundane of household functions (you should see our soap dishes), but our beauties increase in value over time. Send us a note telling us your purchase is a gift, and we will send it along with your personalized gift card, colorful tissue paper and a bow. (You alone will receive the receipt by email.)
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