I often wonder what contemporary Murano glass production will be as highly coveted as the mid-20th century work in the future. In general, I don't think there's much. Much of Murano's current pieces are 'proven' designs popular at the retail level—using the same styles and techniques combined with cheaper and more efficient production methods than those of last century. However, I believe that Luigi Onesto and Oball glass (founded in 1982), already one of the top post-mid-century brands, will stand the test of time because their work takes sommerso glass to a whole new level. Onesto's 'modern' spin on the mid-century Murano glass masters is the amplification of SCALE—e.g. take a highly difficult technical process like sommerso and ramp it up to outsized, even outlandish proportions. Oball's massive sommerso 'perfume' bottles are already legendary and increasingly, more companies (including those in China!) are creating similar (if not identical) designs. Google Images “Fifth Avenue Glass Perfume”) to see the China-made bottles many online sellers—including on 1stDibs!—are attributing to Oball Glass. So be sure to grab yourself some Oball perfume bottles, but always make sure they're signed! The earlier ones were signed by Luigi Onesto, the later, with his son's name or Oball Murano, like this one.
Our beauty is signed Oball Murano, and has TWO Oball labels on it--one on the base, the other on the stopper. (Which is really kind of overkill...)
See the rest of our gorgeous Oball perfume bottles here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/GLASSpheme/items?ref=hdr_shop_menu&search_query=oball+sommerso
Dimensions: ~9.5" tall x 5.5" wide
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