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    Murano Aquarium Vase?

    I'm in the process of catching up on researching and listing some items I bought during a summer road trip. One of those items is this heavy glass vase. It measures about 14 inches in height and probably weighs around 8 or 9 pounds. It has a little circle of black felt on the bottom that may be hiding a signature or a sticker, but I can't be certain. I bought a pair of glass pillars a year ago that ended up being Murano bullicante glass, and in that case, the stickers were hidden beneath felt bottoms, but the glass was mostly clear, so I could faintly see the mirror image of the sticker through the piece. Thats not the case here because the inside of the vase is a milky white glass. I'd like to be accurate when listing this so as not to short myself potential profits, or have a buyer accuse me of misrepresenting it. Does anybody have any insight on how to tell if it's an Italian piece or a less expensive reproduction? Thanks in advance!
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    Can you remove the felt, take a look of ID marks, photo them if visible, then replace the felt.
    You (and your potential buyer) will then know for sure; and you will not be selling a "pig in a poke"; perhaps at a far reduced price than its actual value.
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    i would say the felt base has to come off. It can always be reapplied and i don't think that will hurt the value at all.
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    Thank you all for your suggestions. It took a little elbow grease, but I got the felt base off, and alas...no signature or sticker. It still has the heft and overall feel of a quality piece, so I may do a little more research. Appreciate the help.

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    You might want to post on this forum. Its members are well versed in Murano glass.

    http://www.fossilfly.com/Forums/L
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    i'm no murano expert, but your bowl looks to be genuine. finding no marks on it, is a good sign. murano doesn't mark their glass, only the fakes are signed murano. the couple of real pieces I've found have no marks on them at all.

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    Thanks again to all for your willingness to help. Lost & Found, thank you for the link. I had forgotten, but that is the site that I registered for when I was researching the Murano pillars that I mentioned in my thread starter. Definitely another handy resource for TNet members. Thanks!

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    I don't have a good feeling with this vase myself.

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    Have to agree with digs. I'm seeing more of the recent Chinese art glass here. I've yet to see a Murano piece made with that inside white cased technique.
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    Luckily I don't have to worry about recouping much of an investment on this vase. It was one of those 'make a pile and I'll give you a deal' sales. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? Thanks everyone.

 

 

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