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How much is my Murano glass worth?

What is Murano Glass

World-renowned for its high-quality craftsmanship and beauty, vintage Murano glass is an exclusively handmade glass product manufactured on the Island of Murano. The art of making this exquisite glass pieces dates back to the 8'th century, blending Roman experience with the skills earned from The Byzantine Empire and involves a technique called glass blowing. The glass was originally created in Venice, but it wasn't until its shift to the Island of Murano that its legend began. Today, Murano is home to a vast number of factories and individual artists who manufacture all sorts of glass objects from Murano glass jewelry and art figurines to beads and the iconic chandeliers.

Antique And Vintage Murano Glass?

The last half of the 19th century was a period of great innovations in Murano glass art. After two centuries of decline, Antonio Salviati opened up a factory dedicated to the production of traditional vintage Murano glass. He produced tiles that could be used to restore old Venetian mosaic and hired the best Murano masters to work for him. This initiative and a highly successful international exhibition in 1864 resulted in the complete revival of the glassblowing industry.

But perhaps the most innovative periods in Murano glass blowing and the ones of interest to most collectors are the years between the two world wars and the post war decades of the 1950's and 1960's. Influential figures like

Ercole Barovier

Paolo Venini

Tobia Scarpa

Carlo Scarpa

revolutionized the industry by mixing old techniques with groundbreaking ones like vetro sommerso, to create pieces deeply rooted in interior design trends of that time. This was unquestionably Murano's most blooming period and marked a successful shift from the opulence of the 19th century to a more simple, minimalist style. Murano glass jewelry was a part of that tradition from the beginning.

What Is The Value Of Murano Glass?

Just like any sophisticated handmade product that requires a high level of craftsmanship, Murano glass pieces can be pretty pricey. Any place where the prices are too good to be true is best avoided. More so, Murano glass masters are famous for infusing their art with 24 karat gold or 925 silver. The final price of genuine Murano glass is influenced by the complexity of the technique used and the reputation of the glass master. You'll pay more for intricate design just like you'll pay more for a glass house with high standards of quality and long established names in the industry like Barovier & Toso, Seguso, Moretti, Pauli or Venini. The most expensive pieces are the ones signed or designed by a world-renewed designer. For the last years, fashion designers showed interest in the glass blowing industry, designing pieces for some of the top glass producers.

How to identify Murano Glass Before You Buy?

Vintage Murano glass is extremely desirable to collectors and art enthusiasts from all over the world, but unfortunately, that made it vulnerable to imitators who manufacture ''Murano style' objects in order to deceive customers. In reality, the only glass pieces that can be distinguished as Murano glass are the ones manufactured in Murano, a small island in the lagoon of Venice, where families kept the ancient techniques of Murano glass blowing a secret tradition for more than a thousand years.
Its popularity and value is growing increasingly, but so does the number of merchandisers who create fake Murano items, along with their ability to trick you into buying them. Today, imitation works from Asia and Eastern Europe take an estimated 40-45% of the market for Murano glass, which has led to a concerning decline in the number of professional glassmakers. So if you're not properly instructed in the glass-making techniques and the resulting design, you need to be extra careful before purchasing anything that goes under the name of Murano glass. 
An authentic vintage Murano glass piece should have a certificate of origin containing the name of the artwork, the name of the glass master and year of production. If you're not convinced about the authenticity of the certification, look for the trademark labels on the objects. The official Murano trademark  Vetro Artistico® Murano is issued by Promovetro exclusively to the companies that fall into its quality standards. You must also keep an eye on everything that's labeled ''Murano style'' because it indicates that the article is an imitation. If everything checks out, take one good look at the object itself before purchasing. Remember, these are individually blown articles, so they should have a pontil mark on the bottom and natural imperfections such as bubbles or asymmetrical qualities.

What To Look For When Buying Murano Glass

Now that we've established how to stay away from counterfeits, let's see what our options are in terms of technique, material or purpose of the object. Murano glassmakers create many different kinds of items such as paperweights, chandeliers, jewelry, figurines, mirrors, beads and wine stoppers. Materials like cobalt and copper are inventively blended to give the glass an aquamarine color, while gold is used to make it ruby red. They also add sodium to make the glass surface opaque and nitrate to eliminate bubbles. 
There are many different techniques of making Murano glass, some are ancient and some modern, some used to make delicate pieces, others to create large, dramatic objects. One of the most popular techniques for Murano glass is Murine. Artisans layer colored liquid glass and then stretch it into long rods. When the cans are cut into cross sections, the layered pattern becomes visible. This technique was first used in Egypt, between the third and the first century BC. Glass masters also use the Avventurina technique, a complicated manufacturing process that involves embedding metal particles into the glass to create a shimmering, sparkly look. It is said that  Avventurina glass was accidentally invented when a Murano glassmaker spilled copper filings into the glass he was making. Other vintage Murano glass techniques include gold engraving, painted enamel, ribbed glass, submersion, incalmo, filigree, lattimo and glass engraving. It's important to get acquainted with these techniques in order to spot imitations and aim for high-quality products.

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Italian Murano Glass

Muranoglass - shown below is our current range of vases, bowls and other decorative vintage collectable Italian glassware from the region of Murano, Venice, Italy. Please choose a sub category below to browse all glassware of that type that we currently have available in our glass shop.

The term "Murano Glass" defines glass produced on the island of Murano, near Venice, Italy. There are many different manufacturers, both past and present, based on Murano. The history of Murano Glass began in 1291, when concerns about the risk of fire to the mainly wooden buildings of Venice lead to the many glass manufacturers there being ordered to move their premises to the small island of Murano, just off the coast of Venice, Italy. Murano was already a busy trade port at the time. Murano glass artists soon became renowned for their skills in glass design, and had a monopoly on glassware production for several centuries. The Murano glass industry boomed during the 1950's/60's, exporting a vast amount of Venetian glassware as well as producing a large quantity of glassware for tourists visiting Venice. Murano glass production is still extremely active today.

Due to the success and popularity of Murano glass with collectors, styles of glassware that originated on the island of Murano have been reproduced elsewhere, often of much poorer quality. These days, a lot of "Murano" glass sold on eBay or at antiques & collectable fairs can actually turn out to be made recently in China. When collecting glass, to avoid accidentally buying glass that wasn't actually made in Murano, it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the current styles of glassware that are of Chinese origin. The best places to do this are on the website or in your local TK Maxx store.

This Weeks Find of the Week How to Identify Real Murano Glass

Most recently, Sersale went on a mission to produce a line of Murano drinking glasses for the famed hotel Le Sirenuse. It’s one of the pastel-colored structures dotting the sea-side hill in Positano, and the swirl of color issued by the Murano glassware filling the tables on the terrace each evening only adds to the ambiance of a sunset cocktail. Sersale also sells a selection of Murano glassware at the hotel’s shop, Emporio Sirenuse.

Her desire for drinkware in colors that evoked the purple-pink Positano sunsets led her to historic glassmaker NasonMoretti. “Every workshop will have its own colors. One will have a red that goes slightly towards pink or cherry; another will have a sort of Ferrari red. This factory will make that red and that factory will make this red,” she says. Sersale ended up developing many of her own colors, but explains it’s rare for Murano glassmakers to veer from their playbook. “It’s hard to make a new shape, it takes time and effort, and workshops tend to be suspicious that you might make them lose time.”

Through Sersale’s experience sourcing finery for Emporio Sirenuse (and through her general embodiment of all things chic and Italian), she’s helped us to compile a sort of directory of Murano glassmakers. There’s Giberto Arriavebene, whose utterly divine glasses Sersale deems “very sophisticated pieces...and best for use in the city.” There’s LagunaB, which was recently taken on by the late founder Marie Brandolini’s son Marcantonio, who Sersale calls “an artist himself.” And then there’s Carlo Moretti, who sort of started it all for Sersale. The workshop’s Bora glasses were what first brought Sersale to Murano, and what ignited her interest in the material. “You know,” she tells me, “it has an attraction—the more you see, the more you’ll get addicted to it.”

Everything you need to know to shop (or just appreciate) Murano drinking glasses, below.

Giberto Arrivabene

Giberto Arrivabene grew up in Venice, surrounded by the Giambattista Tiepolo frescoes that decorated the walls of his family home, the Palazzo Papadopoli. He still lives there, on the top floors, with his family—you might be familiar with two of his daughters, Viola and Vera, and their chic slipper line, ViBi Venezia. At the bottom of the palazzo, you’ll find the Aman Venice hotel, where Arrivabene sells the line of glassware that he launched in 2014, when he took his glass connoisseurship to the next level. “They are made by a man from Murano who blows glass with a thousand-year-old technique and engraves them like it used to be done five hundred years ago,” explains Arrivabene of his process. Arrivabene sketches his designs then sends them to nearby artisans to come to life. Look to him for tumblers and carafes that seem to reverberate with elegance and modernity.

Giberto Arrivabene Laguna glass, set of 6

Giberto Arrivabene Roi water glass, set of 6

Giberto Arrivabene Rothko water glass, set of 6

Giberto Arrivabene Lola green pitcher

Giberto Arrivabene Alessandrite Spring water glass, set of 6

Giberto Arrivabene Mina water glass, set of 6

Carlo Moretti

Established in Murano, Carlo Moretti was founded by brothers Carlo and Giovanni in 1958. The glassmakers are best known for their Bora Tumblers, which notably dot the tables at Le Sirenuse’s cocktail bar. The Bora collection takes its name from the wind that blows in the Venetian lagoon, and the cups and candy-colored stripes they feature are somewhat askew, as though a gust of wind helped to shape them. Though both brothers have passed away, the company is still in operation, offering the same glassware that earned Carlo Moretti a place in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

Carlo Moretti I Diversi glasses in blue, set of 6

Carlo Moretti Bora drinking glass

Carlo Moretti Bora drinking glass in red

Carlo Moretti Patterned Stripe glass in blue


NasonMoretti (no association with Carlo Moretti) is another historic Murano glassmaker founded by brothers—Antonio, Giuseppe, Vincenzo, and Umberto Nason—in 1923. The latter was the visionary of the bunch, specializing in dual-colored bowls and glasses. The company is now owned and led by a third generation of Nasons, who were clever enough to align NasonMoretti with the fashion industry (note their collaborations with Valentino, Armani, Bottega Veneta, and Hermès). They also work with Le Sirenuse; in 2020, Carla Sersale sought out NasonMoretti to make Emporio Sirenuse’s first-ever line of drinkware.

Nason Moretti drinking glasses, set of 3

Nason Moretti Montrachet Air Force Blu Peach, set of 6

Nason Moretti Signed Murano glass stemware

Nason Moretti Alexandrite flutes, set of 6

Emporio Sirenuse Aria pink stem glasses, set of 2

Emporio Sirenuse Aria green tumblers, set of 2


Founded in 1859 by a Venetian lawyer named Antonio Salviati, the glass manufacturer has been one of the premier workshops in Murano ever since, based for the last 60 years at Fondamenta Radi 16. Like many Murano glassmakers, Salviati produces far more than drinkware; there’s also lighting, vases, and other decorative objects. Salviati was the glassmaker of choice for JJ Martin, who looked to the historic house to help her produce tabletop for La DoubleJ. The collection included intricate tippetti goblets that blossom with glass flowers as delicate as lace, and rainbow-colored stemware meant to be mixed and matched.

La DoubleJ x Salviati glasses, set of 8

Salviati Nove tall drinking glasses, set of 6


LagunaB is unofficially considered fashion’s favorite Murano glass purveyor. Here at the Vogue offices, guests offered water might very well get it in a LagunaB glass that swirls with psychedelic Murrine polka-dots. Founded in 1996 by Marie Brandolini, the Murano glass atelier caught fire in the design world and in a certain echelon of society, and after her sudden passing, Brandolini’s son Marcantonio began helming the company. Most known for drinkware squiggling with color and Murrine details, LagunaB also makes a lovely striped pattern. Plus, there are exclusives with some of our favorite retailers; for Casa Cabana, there’s a lovely pattern that evokes marbelized paper, and for Land of Belle, there’s a delightful range of glasses speckled with tiny daisies.

LagunaB White Daisy tumbler

LagunaB Goto Baby glasses, set of 2

LagunaB Doge carafe in blue

LagunaB Large Berlingot striped glasses, set of 4

LagunaB Goto large glasses, set of 2

LagunaB Endless Summer Collection, red and white

LagunaB Black Daisy Collection, cinnamon

Stories of Italy

New to the scene is Stories of Italy, a four-year-old company founded by Matilde Antonacci and Dario Buratto. The pair met while studying at Polimoda, the fashion institute in Florence, and between the two of them, they’ve cut their teeth at Helmut Lang, Acne Studios, and Costume National. In 2016, Antonacci and Buratto decided to shift their attention to Murano glass, which proved a wise transition: Today, the young label has already collaborated with the Four Seasons Hotel, Diptyque, and Vivienne Westwood. Stories of Italy is known for its speckled glass—a technique that looks like splatterware and even sometimes like terrazzo flooring.

Stories of Italy Ivory and Pink glasses, set of 2

Stories of Italy Nougat Autumn glasses, set of 2

Stories of Italy Macchia glass tumblers, set of 6

Stories of Italy Macchia glass tumblers in ivory and blue, set of 6


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