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The glass paperweights on this page were made on the Island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  Most were made between 1960 and 2000. 

Venetian glass making dates back centuries and the Venetians are given credit for the earliest millefiori canes and paperweights in 1840s.  More recently, paperweight making was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1960s.

If you would like to purchase any of these paperweights, e-mail me at: aport@paperweights.com
 
 
549 Magnum Murano Faceted Close Concentric Mushroom Millefiori Paperweight.   circa 1960.  This paperweight has a concentric pattern of millefiori arranged in four circle around a central millefiori cane.  There is an outer ring of blue canes with green centers, then a ring of orange canes with blue centers, then a ring of pink canes with green centers, and then the inner ring of yellow canes with blue centers.  The design is close packed over a clear ground.  Underneath is a "mushroom stem" made of white latticinio.  Faceted with a top facet and five side facets.  A attractive paperweight that displays beautifully.
 
This paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  Venetian glass making dates back centuries and the Venetians are given credit for the earliest millefiori canes and paperweights in 1840s.  More recently, paperweight making was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1960s.

Very Large Size:   3 1/2" diameter by 2 11/16" high.  The base is ground flat.  Faceted with a top facet and five side facets.  It weighs 27 ounces. 
Condition:    Very good condition.  There are no chips or cracks.  On close examination I found some faint scratches, but nothing that detracts from the way the paperweight displays.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 

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$135 postage paid in the US.            

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Magnum Murano Faceted Close Concentric Mushroom Millefiori Paperweight
3953 Small Murano Spaced Millefiori Paperweight with Five Large Complex Canes.   circa 1960-1980.  Colorful millefiori paperweight with a spaced millefiori design consisting of five identical large pink canes with multi-colored centers.   There is an opaque lilac colored ground.  An interesting design.  This could also be called an open concentric arrangement. 

This paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  Venetian glass making dates back centuries and the Venetians are given credit for the earliest millefiori canes and paperweights in 1840s.  More recently, paperweight making was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1960s. 

Small Size:  2 1/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high. The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:   Excellent condition. No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection, with the exception of age-appropriate wear on the base. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made on the island of Murano. 

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$39 postage paid in the US. 

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4228 Unusual Medium Size Murano Scrambled Millefiori Paperweight.   circa 1960 - 1970.  Unusual scrambled millefiori paperweight filled with yellow, turquoise, and red millefiori canes and white, brown, white and aventurine stringers.  These are placed over a ground of all stringers.  Perhaps this was intended to be millefiori on top and stringers in the ground and the design didn't turn out that way.  There is a foil label on the base "MURANO GLASS MADE IN ITALY".  An interesting paperweight. 

Although many people collect scramble paperweights for their own merit, scrambles are also valuable tools for learning to identify the different colors and canes used by each factory.

This paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  Venetian glass making dates back centuries and the Venetians are given credit for the earliest millefiori canes and paperweights in 1840s.  More recently, paperweight making was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1960s.

Medium Size:  Just under 2 1/2" diameter by just under 1 1/2" high.  The base has been ground flat.  This paperweight has a low profile. 
Condition:   Very good condition.  Quite a bit of wear on the base, but the body appears to be scratch free.  No chips or cracks.  
Signature:  Signed with a foil label on the base "MURANO GLASS MADE IN ITALY".  

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$39 postage paid in the US.                            

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Unusual Medium Size Murano Scrambled Millefiori Paperweight
2250 Rare Magnum AVEM Murano Scrambled Millefiori Doorstop or Paperweight.   circa 1950-1960.  Wonderful huge paperweight filled with multiple layers of glass ribbon twists and latticinio.  The glass ribbon twists are edged with gold aventurine.  There are all shades of green, red, blue and white.  It is very large and heavy.  This is a truly wonderful paperweight. 

A.V.E.M. or Arte Vetraria Muranese was founded on the Island of Murano in Venice, Italy in 1932.  For more details see pages 48 & 49 of the book Fifties Glass by Leslie Pina.  The figural paperweights on page 49 are similar in construction.

Very Large Size:  Approximately 3 3/4" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The paperweight weighs almost three pounds. The base has been ground flat.  This paperweight has a low profile.
Condition:  Very good to Excellent Condition.  Some wear on the base.  There are some tiny scratches and nicks on the body, but no other flaws that I could find.  No chips or cracks.  The surface is smooth but slightly irregular, as if shaped by hand due to its size. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I believe this paperweight was made at the AVEM factory on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.

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4359 Large Murano Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   circa 1970.  This paperweight has a concentric pattern of millefiori arranged in three concentric circle around a central millefiori cane.  There is an outer ring of blue and white canes, a middle ring of orange canes, and an inner ring of white canes.  This close packed design is over a white frit ground.  A attractive paperweight that displays beautifully.

Large Size:   3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Fair Condition.  There are many tiny abrasions or bruises surface of the paperweight as shown in the picture, but the paperweight displays beautifully. Priced accordingly.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy, probably by Fratelli Toso.
Execution:  The design is tilted within the paperweight. 

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$49 postage paid in the US. 

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4230 Large Murano Trumpet Flower Paperweight with Label.   Circa 1970.  Murano trumpet or icepick flower paperweight with five blossoms.  Each flower is made from a turquoise and white millefiori slice that has been pushed down to the gold aventurine cushion ground.  There is a planned bubble in the center of each flower.  This paperweight has its original foil label identifying the importer "GOLDEN CROWN E&R ITALY" with a picture of a crown.  The paperweight was probably made by Fratelli Toso.  A very nice example of this style of paperweight.

This style is also called an icepick flower because of the sharp tool used to push each flower down to the base.  In this case the tool is pushed through a millefiori glass slice.  Some authors call these morning glory flowers. 

E&R is the importer of this paperweight.  They were a major importer of ceramics, porcelain, and glassware from Europe from 1886 until 2002.  At one time they were the exclusive distributor for the Crystal Signature line of Swarovski figures.  The firm was originally founded as  Zeh, Ebeling & Reuss Co. by German emigrants Theodore Ebeling and Frederick Reuss who joined up with the owner of a glassware and china business, John E. F. Zeh.  The firm was renamed to Ebeling & Reuss Co. in 1900 and remained in business until at least 2002.  They were located in the Philadelphia area.  The trademark depicted in the label was registered with the US Patent Office in 1956. 

Large Size: 3 1/16" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The bottom is ground flat.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are minor scratches or abrasions on the dome and a few tiny chips at the edge of the base, but no significant chips or cracks or impact marks.  There is also appropriate wear on the base. 
Signature:  Unsigned, by I guarantee that this is a vintage paperweight from the Island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  It has the importer's label "GOLDEN CROWN E&R ITALY" with a picture of a crown.
Execution:  Execution is very good.  The design is well executed and balanced. 

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1616 Huge Murano Magnum Close Packed Concentric Millefiori Paperweight or Doorstop. circa 1930-70.  This is an unusually large Murano millefiori paperweight.  The millefiori canes are arranged in six concentric circles around the center cane.  There is an interesting variety of millefiori canes.  The glass is slightly yellow.  The canes are smudged on one side as shown in the pictures.  Really big.  It is 4 5/8" diameter by 3 5/8" high and weighs 4 pounds 4 oz.   A magnificent paperweight that will make an impression on your guests. 

This paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  Venetian glass making dates back centuries and the Venetians are given credit for the earliest millefiori canes and paperweights in 1840s.  More recently, paperweight making was revived in the 1930s and again in the 1960s. 

Huge Size:   4 5/8" diameter by 3 5/8" high.  The base is polished flat.  It weighs 4 pounds 4 oz. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee it was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.
Condition:  Very good condition with some scratches on the surface but no chips or cracks. 
Execution:  The glass is slightly yellow and the canes are smudged on one side. 

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$225 postage paid in the US. 

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Vintage Murano Concentric Paperweight with 1869 Date.   circa 1930-1960.  Vintage concentric design with pedestal base and fake 1869 date.  It has five rings of cog and floral canes around the 1869 date cane.  This is a hard to find example of an early Murano weight that was intended to fool collectors. 

A similar paperweight is shown in Figures 69 & 71, page 42 of Selman's first book Paperweights for Collectors

Size:   3" diameter by 3 1/8 high.  The bottom is fire finished. 
Condition:  Very good condition for its age.  It has one small nick on the top and a couple of minor scratches on the top, but no significant cracks or chips. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is a paperweight from the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.

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$195 postage paid in the US.

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467
Large Murano Faceted Closepack Millefiori Paperweight.   circa 1960-1970.  A wonderful Murano faceted closepack millefiori paperweight.  The closepack millefiori design is over a gold or aventurine ground.  There are five side facets and a top facet.  The facets are flat.  Probably made in the 1960s by Fratelli Toso. A classic design. 

Large Size:  3" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  There are five side facets and a top facet.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  It does, however, have a few scuffed areas between the facets at the widest point. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is a paperweight from the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. This was probably made in the 1960s by Fratelli Toso. 
Execution:  Excellent execution.  The design is balanced and well executed.  The design is well centered within the facets. 

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3078
Medium Murano Millefiori Scramble Paperweight.   circa 1970.  Colorful millefiori scramble filled with colorful latticinio twists and gold colored aventurine.  Signed on the base with a transparent label "VETRO ARTISTICO MURANO."

Although many people collect scramble paperweights for their own merit, scrambles are also valuable tools for learning to identify the different colors and canes used by each factory. 

Medium Size:  2 5/8" diameter by 1 3/4" high. The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.
Signature:  Signed on the base with a transparent label "VETRO ARTISTICO MURANO." 
Execution:  Excellent execution.  The design is balanced and well executed. 

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$75 postage paid in the US. 

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2766
Medium Murano Footed Faceted Closepack Millefiori Paperweight.   circa 1970-1990.  A unusual Murano footed and faceted closepack millefiori paperweight.  The closepack millefiori design consists of a variety of millefiori canes including complex canes.  The design is on a gold or aventurine ground.  There are six side facets and a top facet.  The side facets are concave and the top facet is flat.  An unusual design as the addition of a foot is rare in Murano weights.  The foot is finished with a grid pattern.  A high quality paperweight. 

Large Size:  2 3/4" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  There are six concave side facets and a flat top facet.  The bottom is finished with a molded grid pattern. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  It does, however, a tiny chip on the edge of the foot (as shown in the picture below). 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is a paperweight from the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 
Execution:  Excellent execution.  The design is balanced and well executed.  The design is well centered within the facets. 

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$125 postage paid in the US. 

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