Vintage Murano Italy Blown Art Glass Dome Shape Paperweight Colorful Millefiori Design
Description: A beautiful nice size and rather heavy dome shaped blown glass or crystal paperweight. This paperweight is made of un-tinted clear glass and has a colorful design known as Millefiori or thousand flowers at the base. The paperweight being clear above the design with the top providing an unusual magnifying effect resulting of a nice visual effect when looking at the design from the top. The flowers within the design are larger than in the typical Millefiori paperweight and represents various shapes and designs which is also unusual in these types of paperweights. The flowers in this paperweight have many colors such as pink, red, blue, white, green. and blue. The piece has a flat round and nicely smoothed base. The piece is rather heavy for its size weighing over one pound and three ounces. Millefiori design is very common in Venetian art glass. This is truly a beautiful and rather interesting paperweight that is very decorative and would display nicely in your collection of art glass paperweights. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of the description.
Date: Uncertain, but most likely mid-20th century.
Origin: Purchased at an estate sale in Southern New Jersey. The piece was made in Murano Italy.
Size: The base is ~2 1/2" in diameter at the base and the piece is ~2 5/8" in height. The paperweight weighs over one pound and three ounces.
Marks: Has a red label on the base which says "MADE IN MURANO ITALY".
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: A good size, heavy, and nice paperweight with a beautiful design. This is a very nice piece, which would display very well in your collection of paperweights.
Condition: The paperweight is in excellent condition and has no cracks, hairlines, or repairs. The colors of the piece are vivid and beautiful as is the design. The surface of the piece has a few minor scratches which cannot be seen with the naked eye and do not distract from the quality or beauty of the piece. The paperweight also has a few small air bubbles dispersed within it, which you would expect of a blown glass piece such as this. Some of the air bubbles have reached the surface and can be felt when you run your finger over them, but again they do not represent a problem and are mentioned here for completeness. Finally, the piece has remnants of an old price label on the base, which we chose not to remove. This is an absolutely great paperweight of the highest quality that is beautiful and in great shape. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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