Sparkling, Spectacular Vintage Murano!

Yes, I did a little thrifting on the mainland a few weeks back, and even brought home some treasures. My friend Carol showed me the NorthShore stops, and she sure knows how to pick them! Check out what she found here. I looove her antique lantern lamp… it was definitely a score!

But guess what? I found a pretty sweet lamp, too! If you’re into Murano glass, then you’ll see what I mean. I wrote about vintage Murano pieces here.

Anyway, let’s take a look. And please ignore the missing shade!

Vintage Murano Glass Lamp c1950s

Murano glass was popular into the 70′s, but this lamp, I believe is circa 1950s, though I’m not totally sure. And from the colours in the glass, this may be a Sommerso piece – certainly has that flair!

Sommerso (lit. “submerged” in Italian), or “sunken glasses”, is a form of artistic Murano glass that has layers of contrasting colors (typically two), which are formed by dipping the object in molten glass; the outermost layer, or casing, is often clear. Sommerso was developed in Murano during the late thirties and was made popular by Seguso d’Arte in the fifties. This process is a popular technique for vases, and is sometimes used for sculptures. [Source: Wikipedia]

The clear base is definitely cut glass – there are no seams.

Vintage Murano Glass Lamp c1950s

And the base is actually one of the reasons I think this may be a 50s piece – the older pieces didn’t usually have this kind of base…

The craftsmanship and quality of the glasswork is incredible.

Vintage Murano Glass Lamp c1950s

Did you know Murano pieces are hand blown? Can you see the tiny air bubbles inside?

There is a beautiful layering of wear that comes with its age…

Vintage Murano Glass Lamp c1950s

Tiny little surface scratches and rubs that add to its grace.

And the burnished brass of its ornate neck has a patina that only time can create.

Vintage Murano Glass Lamp c1950s

I think this was a pretty great find.

And now I’m on the search for a shade. And I’m thinking a gold foil drum might work just fine. Vintage would be nice, but they’re not easy to come by.

Vintage Murano Glass Lamp c1950s

What do you think? What would you envision for the shade?

I’m pretty excited by this find. It’s not every day a vintage piece like this comes along… and I just happen to love green!

Something to keep in mind about Murano pieces – they are one-of-a-kind pieces. They are not mass produced, and there are no two exactly alike. There may be similar pieces, as in a pair of lamps, but because they are hand blown, there will be slight variations. That’s one of the reasons Murano pieces are so valuable. Sadly, there are a lot of knock-offs touting themselves as the real deal… [For more on Murano Glass, click here.]

Now I know I’m a little late to the party, but I’m taking my Murano find over to Junkin Joes Linky Party! You know the one, right?

The Cottage Market

Hosted by the fabulous Andrea from The Cottage Market!

Thank you for letting me party with you :-)

And thank you for stopping by! I’m dying to hear what you think about this thrifty find.

Photography by Sheila Zeller 

 

Comments

  1. Wow – that lamp is a spectacular find! Love the curvy shape and the colours :-) Not sure what kind of shade I’d put on it – I’m thinking something simple so it doesn’t take the attention away from the beautiful glass. And depends if you want to play up the glam factor or play it down. I found this simple shade at Pottery Barn Teen with an apple green band that would give it a more casual look: http://www.pbteen.com/products/ribbon-trim-floor-lamp-shade/?pkey=clamp-shades

    • Thank you, as always, for your awesome feedback and for the link, Kelly! You make a good point about the shade being a distraction… hmmmmm. What to do, what to do! I’ve sent you an email with some images of what I had in mind. Would love your feedback!!!

  2. Great find and such a beautiful colour. As for the shade…depends where it will go, I suppose. A black drum shade would be sophisticated, a white drum would be simple and fresh, or a gold foil drum…if I’m picturing it correctly… would be beautifully glam! I’d go for the gold or black (with maybe gold trim). :) Looking forward to seeing what you decide.

    • Thanks Meesh! I never thought of black, and you know me… loooove my black! I did find a DIY for a black shade with the inside gold leafed. I saved the DIY just for the gold leafing, not even thinking about leaving the outside black! Now, that could be an option, and I also like the idea of the gold trim. I appreciate your feedback a lot – thank you! PS – I wrote this post so late last night that I forgot to include my ‘research’ data – so it’s been updated. I know you caught this post before I got it in there!

  3. Oh my friend this is FABULOUS!!!! I have had the honor of watching Murano being made in one of the most beautiful cities in all the world!!! It has great personality and is exquisite! Not the average “thrift” find for sure!I can’t wait to see what hat you choose for this lovely lady! I do have to say black is sounding like a fabulous idea!!!! : ) Sending hugs and thanks SOOOO much for sharing with us at Junkin Joe we LOVE LOVE LOVE having you! ENJOY and talk with you soon!!!

    • I’m now leaning now towards a black shade with gold leafing on the inside… But I won’t make a decision right away… and, I still have to actually find the shade in the end! There will for sure be a post when I do! ;-) To see Murano being made is an experience I bet you won’t forget! How amazing that must have been! I saw Venetian glass being made (it was so hot in there!), but it’s still not Murano… as close as they are geographically, there’s only one Murano! I just want to let you know how much I love your Junkin Joe link ups… and, whew, so glad you have it open for a few days to link up! I never would have made it on Friday, and actually thought I’d be there on Monday. Oh my, such is life! xoxo

  4. Looooooove that lamp! I can totally see a nice white crisp shade paired with it, maybe even rectangular in design to make it look contemporary. Gold leaf on the inside would be amazing!

    • Thank you for that idea, Shauna! I never thought of anything but a drum… and I actually have a square shade that I can try for a close comparison! I’m feeling pretty confident that I’ll go with the gold leafing… I have the gold leafing supplies, but I’ve never actually tackled a project. This would be a great one to give it a try!

  5. I agree, simple drum shade. White, or black, depending on your wall. Pretttyyyyy!

    • Thank you for your feedback! I’m so happy to hear back on this… now to find the shade! I’m leaning towards black with gold leafing on the inside, so we’ll see where this all goes!

  6. Love this!!! My grandma gave me some glass ware like this …… I wonder if it’s the same thing?

    • If it came from your grandma, my guess is, it probably is… at least there’s a very good likelihood! And what’s even better is you have the connection of your grandma to your pieces! I love that!!! I was just thinking about you today… so nice to see your name pop up :-)

  7. Why do I never find cool things like this?! This is so unique and gorgeous. Love the colors!! I’m a drum girl at heart but I would go with white with a gold trim :)

  8. It really is so pretty! Love the greens and yellow! If you wanted to be really brave you could go with a custom green yellow ombre shade with gold inside. It would depend on the room of course. But I think it would be dynamite in a glam interior! Black would also be nice of course…just not too big a drum to overwhelm the pretty lines of the base. AWESOME SCORE!! Ive never thrifted on the North Shore…worth the trip you think??

    • I love the idea of an ombre shade – that would be so much fun! I was searching on line for vintage shades, and some cool mid-century fibreglass shades came up. Hhhhh… the shade dilema. I would love to have something in place for the Christmas season so I can really enjoy it, so I will continue to look for a taller more slender drum in the right scale, and go from there. Fingers are crossed!

  9. What a great score! Love the lamp Sheila… it combines two things I love…that green/blue color and glass.

  10. What an awesome score, Sheila! There is no better feeling than a good thrifting find. I love the idea of a simple shade too (like everyone said) – black, white or definitely a pop of gold! fun!

    • I love to thrift, and never expect to find anything… so when I do, I feel like I’ve won the lottery! I was out today, and found a few little bowls and things that will be fun for Christmas time, but otherwise, there were no big treasure finds! I hope you’re having a great weekend!

  11. Oh I’m so crazy about that lamp. I would do either black with gold or maybe even a linen shade in a sand colour with some ribbon added in one of the glass colours. I can’t wait to see where this ends up. If you ever tire of it I will gladly take it off your hands:))

    • And you know how crazy I am for the little lamp you discovered! It must have been the day for enlightening finds ;-) Ohhhh, that was bad! I really need to find a shade, and this town doesn’t really have much for selection. I think Victoria is the place to go, possibly Nanaimo, or I’ll have to order something on line. That might drive the final outcome in the end, but I can see a bit of the DIY touch happening whichever way it ends up… I have been looking for something vintage, but so far I’m either too late, or the shade has seen better days. Hhhhh…

  12. I love murano – but it’s so expensive!! I hope you got it for a song! I would definitely go with a drum shade – gold sounds fabulous!
    Kelly

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