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Signed Murano Marble Circa 1960S

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I picked up a large collection late last week. It had a number of rarities in it, but it also had the marble below that I have never seen before.

Venini marble side view

Venini marble bottom view

It is signed "Venini" on the top. Venini is one of the large glass houses in Murano. Looking through my Murano books, it looks like this pattern was used in glass in the 1960s. Interestingly, Lino Tagliapietra was a Master Glassblower at Venini in the mid 1960s, so it could very well be that this marble was made by him.

It is 3-1/8" diameter.

The collection it came from was put together by a gentleman that passed away prematurely 20 years ago. The collection was packed away at that time and put in the basement. I suspect that he bought it at a gallery in New York City in the 1970s, as he had a shop there. The price tag still on it is $400, which would have been an astronomical amount back then.

The Italian sulphides and numerals are not signed. I have never seen a signed Murano marble, has anyone else?

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