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