View Full Version : Murano sommerso vase - what's it worth?
06-06-2005, 11:35 AM
This is my first post on your forum and am happy to have joined. :) I have a Murano sommerso vase in perfect condition. It is a geometric diamond cut. There are two labels on it: The gold label says "Artistic Cristal Murano - Made in Italy." The clear label at the bottom of the vase says "vetri - vm - and the "ano", which are probably the last three letters of "Murano". That part of the label is missing. Pics are attached.
I would appreciate how old or new this is and a value. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you! :D
06-07-2005, 12:05 AM
Welcome to the forums! I like your vase, it sharply angular, which is somewhat unusual, as a lot of Murano Glass has softer curves and is more organic. Your last photo of the label with the "Vetri" is a label denoting its authenticity as being Murano glass. Its not attributable to a specific company, but the label of the Venice Glass Consortium, denoting its authenticity. Can you take a closer picture of the label? Is there any more detail that is missing from the picture?
Regarding the label with the rooster, I will have to take a closer look, as nothing comes to mind.
06-07-2005, 10:51 AM
Thank you for the information. I am sending more photographs at your request, particularly of the label. I just noticed that the numbr 19 is also listed on this label (to the right of the letters "vm"). I have had this vase at least 25 years.
Any further information is most welcome. :)
Thank you very much
06-07-2005, 03:58 PM
Hi. The number 19 is an important detail, as the number signifies a particular manufacturer that belonged to the Venice Glass Consortium. A similar program today is in effect, that also has numbered labels to denote which mfr made the item, This webpage has the list (http://www.muranoglass.com/murano/eng/Marchio%20Vetro%20Artistico%20Murano-Home.htm) of the companies and their corresponding numbers. However, I do not know if the old Venice Glass Consortium and Promovetro share the same members/numbers. I do not believe that they do.
06-08-2005, 11:41 PM
Thank you for the information! I checked out the list you supplied. Although, as you said, this list probably does not share the same numbers as the Venice Glass Consortium, I took the chance and e-mailed the mfr. associated with the number "019," requesting their advice about this vase. I haven't heard anything to date.
I did find this exact label on the great-glass co. uk website, which explains that this particular trademark was created by the Venice Glass Consortium in 1981 for use only by those companies owning glassworks on the island of Murano. This confirms what you had told me already.
Would I be correct in assuming the age of this vase, then, to be about 24 years old (corresponding with 1981)? I still do not know how to put a value on it. Any suggestions of how to approximate its value?
Thank you very much for all of your assistance.
06-09-2005, 01:31 PM
Hi. I would put it in the ballpark of $100- $150 with out a positive ID from a specific manufacturer. With a positive ID for a better known furnace, or artist, it could be significantly greater.
06-09-2005, 01:36 PM
That sounds about right. I wasn't able to find any more info on the rooster label in any of my books, but I know I have seen it somewhere. Does anyone else have an idea of whose label this is?
angel117, I will continue to keep my eye open for more info, and if I see anything, I will post it. If you find out anymore information on it, I would like to hear from you.
06-09-2005, 03:31 PM
Thank you both for your assistance! I really do appreciate it. :) I will keep in touch should I hear any further revelations about this vase or locate additional information.
I just want to add that this is a wonderful forum and it is my pleasure to interact with such friendly, helpful, and knowledgable people as yourselves! :D
06-17-2005, 09:49 AM
Hi. I knew the rooster looked familiar, and took a gander at one of my books. It belongs to G. Campanella & Co. They have done many sommerso style vases, and I have also see a vase similar to yours attributed to Seguso. I think the price range is about right, but would obviously be higher for a Seguso piece of the same design.
06-17-2005, 11:31 PM
Thank you Charlie! I am happy to know the significance of that particular label with the rooster, and now can identify it with G. Campanella & Co.
I've had this vase for 25 years and never knew anything about it. It gets more interesting every day!
Thanks again, :)
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