Murano Glass Ducks
Murano glass ducks are pieces of decorative glassware that are created on the Venetian island of Murano.
History & Description
Murano has been a commercial port since the seventh century. As far back as the tenth century, Murano was already well known for its unique and high-quality glass products.
As Venice was a significant trading port, it is believed that Murano glassmaking was heavily influenced by Asian and Muslim artisans passing through. The legend of Murano glass was born when, fearing fire and destruction of the city’s wooden buildings, the Venetian Republic ordered the city’s glassmakers to move their foundries to Murano in 1291.
Although Murano glassmakers are found throughout Europe, many collectors say that only glass fabricated in Murano is authentic Murano glass.
Guide for collectors
While Murano glass ducks are regularly advertising on eBay, records show that examples sold through both national and international auction houses, though less frequently, typically achieve the highest prices.
Whenever possible, collectors are advised to carefully inspect any glass products prior to purchasing to make sure that the item has no scratches, dents or flaws. If purchasing from internet bidding sites, collectors should ask the seller to double check the item before posting it.
For more information on Murano glass ducks, collectors should visit the following websites; Murano Net, Art of Venice and Twentieth Century Glass.
Notable auction sales
On May 1st 2012 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, Illinois, a Murano glass duck chess piece realised a price of $1,400.
On December 8th 2010 at Jackson’s Auctions in Cedar Falls, Iowa, A three-piece set of Murano glass ducks, circa mid-twentieth century, realised a price of $800.
On May 1st 2012 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, Illinois, a Murano glass duck chess piece realised a price of $600.
On May 14th 2011 at Ivey-Selkirk Auctioneers in Saint Louis, Missouri, three Murano glass ducks realised a price of $550.
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