There is much to say about that gorgeous creamy highly coveted ALABASTRO glass and many firms from the mid 20th-century to the modern-day Murano producers (not to mention the Chinese fakers) have or are producing it. Moreover, given the reverence and premium prices surrounding the Seguso brand, almost every non-labeled piece of ALABASTRO art glass for sale online is being attributed to Archimede Seguso. BUT anyone who's ever held a Seguso alabastro piece has known the absolute to-die-for perfection of Seguso alabastro is completely unmatched and can never be fooled again. If you haven't experienced the real thing, here's your chance!
This is a TO-DIE-FOR genuine highly documented Seguso alabastro swan in Archemede Seguso's killer PERIWINKLE: this piece does NOT have a Seguso label on the base, but our identical piece in pink does: https://www.glasspheme.com/listing/597743634/c1950s-archimede-seguso-murano-alabastro
DIMENSIONS: ~9" tall, 4.75" wide, ~5 deep
CONDITION: Perfection; velvet tabs on base prevented significant base wear
Quick Rules to Determine if an Alabastro Piece is a Seguso:
1) You will NEVER see a BRIGHT non-opalescent WHITE in a Seguso alabastro piece. Here's a link to a Chinese fake Seguso alabastro: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/825425437926109953/. Seguso's white is always creamy and opalescent.
2) Seguso's white alabastro merges seamlessly into his other colors. You will never see a line of demarcation between alabastro colors (except when the base or wing is intended to be a different shade).
3) You will never see a separate clear layer of glass as the top layer of an authentic Seguso alabastro. Seguso's polished alabastro surfaces shine as though there's a clear glass layer, but you'll never be able to spot any separation in the layers.
4) I've never seen a documented Seguso alabastro piece with ANY clear glass--e.g. as a base, or a beak, or a foot UNLESS the base is a LUXARDO decanter.
This link will take you to my Pinterest page displaying all the NON-SEGUSO alabastro glass I've come across online: https://www.pinterest.com/glasspheme/alabastro-glass-not-by-seguso/
Be sure to check out our large collection of Murano figurines here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/GLASSpheme?ref=hdr_shop_menu§ion_id=22430281
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