This lovely pink Murano alabastro glass elephant is NOT a mid-century piece by Archimede Seguso, no matter how many times you may see it attributed as such. Rather, it's a more recent work by Franco Moretti. You can see a signed version of a smaller version of the same design at the Murano Zoo (https://sites.google.com/site/muranozoo/mammals-elephants).
Franco Moretti, NOT related to Murano's Carlo Moretti clan, hails from impressive lineage nevertheless. As mid-century Italian glass imports (both Murano and Empoli) began to cut into US glass sales, some of the Ohio River Valley glass producers either began importing Murano glass themselves and selling it under their brand or, like Pilgrim, imported their own Murano masters to replicate Murano techniques in their own production. Alessandro and Roberto Moretti came to Pilgrim Glass in the mid-1950s, creating their popular blown glass animal figurines. Franco, Alessandro's son, active (I believe) from the 1980s through the present, stayed true to his Murano roots.
Just shy of 7" tall, this pretty glass sculpture is about 4" wide and 3.25" wide at the base. It's in excellent condition with the lightest base wear.
DIMENSIONS: ~7" tall x 4" wide * 3.25" deep
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