MONUMENTAL C.1960s Zanetti MURANO Sommerso Cranberry Purple Glass Love Birds


Behold these monumental and MAGNIFICENT mid-century Murano glass birds in a devastatingly gorgeous purple and cranberry sommerso with gold-flecked beaks and crowns on crystal triangular stands. I purchased these exquisite creatures about 15 years ago and have only come across one or two like them since--unsigned and NONE with labels! But, put a gun to my head and I'll attribute these beauties to Licio Zanetti, simply because the few glass Murano animals I've EVER seen with this same triangular crystal base (or a similarly shaped quadruple point base) were signed by Licio Zanetti.

The business model for Murano glass producers hasn't changed much over the years... Young firms without an established brand and hungry for orders who's only access to end users is through retailers will manufacture the RETAILER'S most popular designs. Check out the major online shops selling NEW Murano glass -- with few exceptions involving big name talent, you'll have to dig deep to discover what firm produced any given piece being sold if you can at all. Moreover, I've seen recognizable designs associated with contemporary companies (like Formia, OBall, Zanetti, Campanella, etc.) turn out to have been produced by newer (and presumably cheaper) Murano glass blowers I never heard of before.

In short, while most known Zanetti works are indeed signed, it stands to reason that the early Zanettis (the company was formed in 1956) helped make payroll by filling orders for glass importers and retailers who themselves branded the merchandise.

DIMENSIONS: ~ 16.25" tall x 10.5" wide, 5" deep; 16" tall, 8.5" wide, 4.5" deep (at base)
CONDITION: Excellent Vintage Condition; practically perfect except that one of the points on the crystal stand of the smaller bird has chipped off. As the photos clearly show, this is irrelevant to the sheer wonder of these pieces!

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