Modern Audrey: Today’s Use for the Vintage Murano Glass Ashtray!

Murano glass is incredibly beautiful, and in its vintage day was often made into ashtrays. But with the glamour days of Lucky Strike long gone, the ashtray has been removed from pride of place in the home, and more often than not, stashed in a cupboard or thoughtlessly tossed away. I say, what a shame! What a shame to lose sight of the beauty within the object.

Murano glass is thick and masterfully crafted, the layers of colour so pretty…

Green Swirl Murano Glass Ashtray 1

I love the way light dances, bounces and sparkles as it brings exquisite pieces to life.

Green Swirl Murano Glass Ashtray 2

A flower bowl is just one way to transition vintage Murano art glass ashtrays into modern times. Other uses – a dip bowl, candy or nut dish, paperclip dish, kitchen scrubbie container, and if you’re gentle, it’s even great for a set of keys.¬†They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but Audrey Would! says you can! Find more details on this vintage beauty here.

How would you use this piece?

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Sparkling, Spectacular Vintage Murano!

Vintage Murano Glass Lamp c1950s

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 ūüôā

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

Photography by Sheila Zeller 


The Vintage Past of Kelly Green

With the resurgence of Kelly Green front and center, I thought it would be fun to step back in time and see what Kelly was up to in the good old days.

Do you remember this brilliant green?

If you were around in the 80’s I bet you do… but weren’t the 80’s just yesterday? Anyway, for a colour that was ‘so yesterday’, be ready to see a whole lot more of it in the coming year.

Especially in fixtures like this retro pendant.

Source: Green & Indie Design Blog

And in furniture like this Mid-Century Modern velvet chair.

Source: Caitlin Creer Interiors

¬†Or how about these Saarinen styled pieces, c. 1960’s?

Source: Manly Vintage

But if you really want to see Kelly Green in all her vintage splendor, then you have to check out what Murano glass brings to the table. Murano glass has been around for a very long time, and was popular in decor through the Mid-Century Modern era and into the 70’s.

The small island of Murano lies just off the coast of Venice, Italy. As innovators in the late 1200s, Murano glassmakers were ‘kept hostage’ on the island for fear of fire from their furnaces and to prevent the secret of their art from being replicated by the rest of the world. Murano glass masters today create traditional pieces to contemporary art glass and sculptures, figurines, paperweights, vases and even glass chandeliers. (Source: eHow)

We’re seeing Murano inspired art glass surfacing again, but the pieces you’re about to see are authentic vintage from the time.

Like these Murano glass lamps, c. 1960s.

Source: Swank Lighting Blog

They are pretty swanky, don’t you think?

And I love these ones, c. 1950s…

Source: 1st Dibs

I also came across some very cool and unusual Murano pieces.

Like this vintage Sommerso vase.

Source: Etsy

And this Sommerso free form Wave bowl…

Source: Mercer and Dibble

The shape of this bowl is typical of Murano art glass – random, curving, and definitely free form.

Another Murano piece you might think is a vase, but it’s not, is this sculpture exemplifying what art glass is all about.

Source: Amazon

Pure beauty that captivates your attention, and pleases your eye.

Back in the day ashtrays were an expected accessory in homes, and Murano glass made gorgeous ashtrays.

Source: Retrospect

I like the chunky weight of this piece, and how the green changes as the light hits it. Pretty exquisite, and definitely a statement of what was glamourized in its time!

Murano, of course, wasn’t the only creator of unique glass pieces…

How about this very cool orb ashtray?

Source: Stylehive

It’s a Mid-Century Modern Viking art glass piece.¬†Doesn’t this just exude the old boys club?

But we can’t let the boys have all the fun now can we?

For the ladies, a vintage Avon perfume bottle.

Source: Pinterest

A little bit of Hollywood Glam… what’s not to love?

You could vignette the little perfume bottle with this antique set of crystal candlesticks, c. late 19th Century…

Source: Spicer & Bank Blog

Or maybe a few of these Depression glass pieces…

Source: Etsy

Just think of the eye-catching displays one can create.

The possibilities are endless.

There were so many amazing pieces, I wanted to share them all. But green is one of my favorite colours, and I know it’s often a ‘love it or hate it’ colour, so I’ll stop here.

Well, okay… just one more. And only because the shape of this vintage art glass bowl, c. 1960s, is so pretty…

Source: Etsy

And I can’t believe it doubled as an ashtray! Can you see the grooves for the cigarettes? Oh, and if you’re looking to pick up a Murano glass ashtray, pop on over to Audrey Would! We happen to have this one available!

Murano Glass Ashtray, Green Swirl

Source: Audrey Would! Vintage Home

What do you think of the revival of Kelly Green? Are you a green person? Do you have any vintage pieces hiding away?

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