Venetian Glass

Murano glass mortar and pestle, Italy circa 1950’s

This is a Beautiful Art Glass Mortar and Pestle, made in Murano, Venice, Italy circa 1950’s / 60’s.

A Wonderful piece, the exact maker unknown but bearing the attributes of renowned makers AVeM, Seguso and Toso.
The mortar bowl has a fantastic organic form, beautifully curved like a shell. The outside is cased black glass, within the bowl are swirls of silver leaf inclusions and multicoloured Murrine canes.
The pestle has been created using the Sommerso technique with black glass encased in clear glass in a stretched twisted club-like form.

A Striking example showing the skill and craftsmanship of the master glassmakers of Murano.

Would make a Great addition to any collection of Murano / Art glass, and would complement any retro, vintage, mid century, modernist, minimal or contemporary interior.

Still bears the original foil label on the base ‘Genuine Venetian Glass Made in Murano Italy’.

The bowl is in Excellent Condition, some light age related wear on the base and in the pestle rest. Nothing to detract on display, the thin end of the pestle is rough, possibly from production, also doesn’t detract.

The mortar measures 13 x 12 x 5cm / 5 x 4.5 x 2in.

The pestle measures 10 x 2 x 1.5cm / 4 x 0.75 x 0.5in.

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Aquarium art glass paperweight, Murano, Italy circa 1960’s

This is a Stunning Aquarium / Seascene art glass paperweight, made in Murano, Venice, Italy circa 1960’s / 1970’s. Unlabelled possibly by Cenedese.

A Beautiful piece of Venetian art glass, the large clear glass paperweight has a tapered barrel like form, wonderfully smooth and rounded.
Inside is an amazing underwater seascene / aquarium with 6 fish swimming around a coral reef.
Incredibly skilled craftsmanship on display, the blue glass coral is embellished with bright colours, spirals organically and trails off into wispy vortexes.

Very similar to the renowned Cenedese aquariums blocks by Alfredo Barbini and Riccardo Licata.

Would make a Great addition to any collection of Murano / Italian / European Art Glass, and would complement any retro, vintage, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, mid century, kitsch, minimalist or contemporary interior.

In Great Condition, no marks, chips or scratches other than the usual age related wear to the base, not noticeable and doesn’t detract on display.

Measures 11 x 7 x 7cm / 4.5 x 2.75 x 2.75in. Weighing approx 800 grams.

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