Crossposting from the Forums, we are pleased to announce that Promovetro, the current Murano Glass Consortium (www.muranoglass.com) and successor to the Vietri Murano (VM) program, shared a list of Vetri Murano numbers that they have compiled.
For readers who are not collectors of vintage Murano glass, Vietri Murano used a clear plastic label with a specific numbering sequence to identify which member company on the island made a particular piece of glass, to prevent counterfeiting. Vietri Murano eventually closed, taking with it all of their documentation and records. Today, the VM label is a reliable way of identifying vintage glass, but there has been discussion over the years on which number belongs to which company. Members of the forum have taken the time to research many of the numbers, but holes remained. The information provided by Promovetro will help collectors worldwide.
Below is an example of a Vietri Murano label.
The forum thread about the Vietri Murano numbers is here and the Murano Label Library has many other labels and signatures.
A slideshow of some of the most recent work by Murano’s prodigal son, Dale Chihuly, currently exhibiting at the Foothills Art Center, in Golden, Colorado. The “Gilded Putti in Leaves with Swan” and “Translucent Blue Putti Venetian with Gilt Leaves and Dragons” are impressive and seem to be a new, softer direction that recalls some of the traditional glass themes of Murano. The vases are a eclectic mix of both old and new styles, for example a spiked vase design seen in previous exhibits, but adorned with with a cherub.
The exhibit runs through June 30th.
If you don’t frequent the forums, you may not be aware of how difficult attributing Vintage Murano glass can be at times. One of the best ways to identify a particular piece of glass is via a label or signature, which easily identifies an artist or company, and gives a rough idea of when it was made.
Despite the amount of books on the subject, many times a signature or label has remained unidentified. Over the past few years, in an effort to
better collaborate and share, collectors have been contributing photos of signatures and labels for the Murano Label Library which just passed a milestone of more than 200 images!
Thanks to all who have contributed images and knowledge!
Just added a new set of Murano Paperweights, made by some of the best regarded paperweight artisans on the island! Graduations and Fathers Day is just around the corner, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. 🙂