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Murano • Venetian
ITALIAN ArT GLaSs
• Hand Made
• Pink - Clear
OnMyWatch is glad to be offering these elegant, genuine Luigi Onesto OBALL Italian alabastro art glass love birds. Though they still do not carry the original label from the furnace, but we show them with another comparable labeled bird that we have listed which clearly establishes their identity (see "COMP" photos). From one of Murano's foremost art glass houses (see About the Artist, below). We estimate they were made about 1975. Pontil/bases were made ground-flat, polished and show the expected shelf-wear from movement on display. Excellent addition to any art glass collection, or a thoughtful gift for a special person--including yourself!
DIMENSIONS: 5" & 4½" long (12.7 cm) x 3¼" tall x 2¾" wide
WEIGHT: 1 Pound, 3 Ounces (539 g) the pair
CONDITION: Excellent vintage condition! No damage or restoration found.
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FULL CONDITION REPORT: We thoroughly inspected this piece and found that no cracks, chips, nicks, scuffs, flea bites, flakes, hairlines, significant scratches (located other than weight-bearing base), repairs, stains, residue, evidence of grinding or signs of restoration could be seen or felt. Any natural indentations, bubbles, tool marks, carbon/ash deposits, and/or any other natural textural features are all original and normal for hand blown glass. Wear to base is normal and consistent with age. Please review all high resolution photos, at full size, in forming your own opinions.
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About the Maker
Vetreria Oball was established in 1970 in Murano, Italy. The founding father Luigi Onesto was one of the greatest Murano glassmakers in Italy. He dreamed his artworks and then out of the molten glass he created his dreams.
Working with the liquid glass enabled Luigi to find himself and loose himself at the same time. He had an irresistible urge to create masterpieces that capture emotions in the finished glass.
Oscar Wilde once said, "Art never expresses anything but itself." The artworks of Luigi Onesto are emotion incarnates. The masterpieces love, hate and weep. They are true representation of the soul.
The sons: Fabio and Michele Onesto are two of the best contemporary glass masters in the lagoon of Venice, Italy. The magic of the underwater sea life inspired the brothers to break the traditional rules of sommerso glassmaking and create something unconventional. The unique artworks created by the Fabio and Michele capture the boundless magic of the sea.
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All Murano art glass is made on the small Italian island group of Murano--in Venice bay. Even those glassblowers who may have learned in Italy, or have ancestors from Murano, don't make 'Murano glass'! The Chinese have for the past 20-years been trying to copy Murano birds, free-forms, fish, sailboats, vases and other inferior quality items that they mass-produce in China and flood the U.S. market, trying to pass them off as genuine. Any item labeled "Murano Cristalleria Ann Primrose", "Murano Minchella Collection", "Murano Stile d'Art" or "Murano Glassware" are easily recognized as one of the more common Chinese knock-off brands. Many fakes are not labeled, or have telltale labels removed! These manufacturers, importers and retailers are engaging in blatant lies, trying to convince buyers to purchase a phony, inferior product!
How to protect yourself: Always buy from a reputable, knowledgeable dealer, or do your homework and research how to tell the difference! It takes examining and studying hundreds of of examples to know for sure, but here is a quick clue. Thumbnail advice: The fakes are usually crude, inferior work, that when labeled almost always say "Murano" and almost never say "Made in Italy". They rarely have metallic inclusions (flakes/dust, a.k.a. aventurine) and when they do it is never real gold. We hope that helps. At OnMyWatch, we are experienced collectors who only offer genuine, vintage Murano art glass! Feel free to message us, with a photo or item number, for a free opinion. We'll tell you if we think it is genuine--even if it is not ours!
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