This is a magnificent Venetian glass miniature vase, circa 1900 - 1914, made on the island of Murano , near Venice, Italy. Made by Fratelli Toso , similar items are shown in the book'Venetian Glass - Confections in Glass 1855 - 1914' by Sheldon Barr, pages 114 - 119. Made up of loads of green and white floral Millefiori murrine canes. Please note: Although this vase is obviously too small to hold a bunch of flowers, it is still classed as a vase. Small vases like this were often used to hold flowerheads, or miniature "sweetpea" flowers, or simply used as decorative ornaments.
Measures approx 3.25 inches tall by 2 inches in diameter at widest point. Excellent condition, no chips or cracks, just a smooth manufacturing dimple to one side, probably caused by an air bubble, shown in final picture. There is a lot of high quality glass coming out of China these days, which imitates the popular styles and techniques made famous by manufacturers on the island of Murano, Italy.
However, some sellers have taken to listing these pieces as vintage Murano, purposely misdescribing them in order to trick buyers into paying over the odds for a piece of mass produced, Chinese glass, sometimes even going so far as to add their own Made in Murano labels. The Murano Glass category is currently filled with hundreds of Chinese glass items, that if correctly listed would be in the Other Glass section. How can you tell the difference? Generally, most modern, Murano style, Chinese glass is quite a bit larger and heavier than their genuine counterparts. You can also familiar yourself with modern Chinese glass by browsing well known Chinese trade websites, and your local department stores such as TK Maxx and Debenhams.
Identical vintage Murano items are very few and far between! I hope this little guide helps buyers (and sellers) to learn the difference between modern Chinese glass and vintage Murano. To any other sellers of genuine Murano glass, if like me you are sick of seeing the Murano category flooded with modern Chinese glass, please feel free to copy this info and these pictures into your own listings, to help spread the word.
The item "Fratelli Toso Millefiori Canes Murano Green Glass Vase" is in sale since Tuesday, September 1, 2020. This item is in the category "Pottery, Porcelain & Glass\Glass\Art Glass\Italian". The seller is "20thcenturyglass-shop" and is located in Bolton. This item can be shipped worldwide.