Vintage Murano Glass Auction – June 9th 2012

From the NY Times:…ne-9.html?_r=1

Frank Toskan, a founder of MAC Cosmetics, spent about two decades amassing his collection of Murano art glass, and on June 9, Wright in Chicago will auction it off.

“It really spans the entire 20th century, right up to some contemporary pieces,” said Richard Wright, the owner of the auction house. “It has a few super-rare, high-flying lots, but also a really uniform quality. They’re perfectly executed, or rare colors, or better than average examples the entire way through.”

The auction will offer more than 150 pieces, including an orange and green intarsio vase by Ercole Barovier for Barovier & Toso from 1963 (estimate: $15,000 to $20,000), left, and a blue rilievi vase by Carlo Scarpa for Venini from 1935 (estimate: $30,000 to $40,000).

Information: (312) 563-0020 or

Vetri Murano numbers

Crossposting from the Forums, we are pleased to announce that Promovetro, the current Murano Glass Consortium ( 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.

Murano Paperweights

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. 🙂

New Millefiori Pendants, paperweights and more!

We will be adding  a great selection of new paperweights, millefiori pendants to complement some of the new pieces added to the accent plate collection.  They should all be up by the end of the week after being photographed.

We hope you enjoy them.

Buying and Selling Vintage Murano Glass

For some time I have wanted to set up an additional forum for buying and selling Vintage Murano glass, in order to give back to the forum members who  offer their knowledge and research freely.

The formal posting guidelines are still in the works, but the forum is currently up and running for buying and selling!

GLASS in ACTION – Guided tour in Murano

Interested in a guided tour of Murano?  On Tuesdays and Thursdays the Glass Museum in Murano is offering a guided tour, aptly named “from the Museum to the Furnace“.  The package  consists of a  guided tour of the Murano Glass Museum, followed by a glass blowing demonstration at the renowned Scuola del Vetro Abate Zanetti for only 15 euro!

For more information call  84 80 82 000; from abroad +39 041 42730892 or  email

Visit the livinginveniceblog for a more detailed writeup.


We Changed our Site!

We are pleased to announce that after many years we upgraded the website software to better accommodate our visitors and to give the site a fresh new look!

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Welcome to our New Blog!

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