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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.

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1603 Antique Franchini Type Aventurine Venetian Murine Paperweight Scent Bottle.  circa 1840-1880.  This rare Franchini type miniature Venetian scent bottle has two early murrine canes.  On the front is a murrine of a gondola.  The murrine on the back depicts a winged lion on water, or the Lion of St. Mark.  This murrine has a small fracture in the cane.  The six-sided shape is similar to known scent bottles made by Giacomo Franchini.  The glass is filled with aventurine and colored swirls.  It is in very good condition aside from the fractured murrine and has normal age appropriate wear.  There are also small fractures on the neck.  It does not have its original stopper and hinged cap.  Most likely it also originally had a chain.  Despite the similarity to known Franchini items, I am selling this as "Franchini Type" as other glass artisans of the period probably copied the work of the Franchini workshop. 

For comparable images, see the following pages in Miniature Masterpieces - Mosaic Glass 1838-1924 by Giovanni Sarpellon.  A similar six-sided scent bottle appears in figure 520 on page 57.  Similar gondola murrine appear in figures 425-439 on page 47.  The lion of St. Mark appears in figure 422 on page 46. 

Note on condition:  The scent bottle has several flaws.  The cane of the Lion of St. Mark has a small fracture.  There are also small fractures on the neck.  The scent bottle does not have its original stopper, hinged cap, or chain.  It also has age appropriate wear.

Giacomo (Jacopo) Franchini (1827-1897) worked with his father Giovanni Battista Franchini (1804-1873) on the development of millefiori canes incorporating figurative designs as well as floral patterns. His is best known for his miniature portraits of the famous people of his time.  He produced some of the most remarkable glass portraits and many were incorporated into scent bottles, walking stick handles and other objects, some useful and some purely decorative.  His creative period ended in 1863 when he was confined to an asylum.  For more details on the remarkable work produced by the Franchini family and others of the period, see the book Miniature Masterpieces - Mosaic Glass 1838-1924 by Giovanni Sarpellon.

Miniature size:  Just over 2 3/8" tall by just under 15/16" wide by 11/16" thick..  It weighs two ounces.  The base is ground flat.
Condition:  The scent bottle has several flaws.  The cane of the Lion of St. Mark has a small fracture.  The scent bottle does not have its original stopper, hinged cap, or chain.  There are also small fractures on the neck.  It also has age appropriate wear.
Signature:  This scent bottle is unsigned.  Despite the similarity to known Franchini items, I am selling this as "Franchini Type" as other glass artisans of the period probably copied the work of the Franchini workshop.

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$395 postage paid in the US.

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Antique Franchini Type Aventurine Venetian Murine Paperweight Scent Bottle
5242 Magnum Murano Faceted Double Overlay Three Row Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with 1854 Date.  circa 1960-1970.  A wonderful Murano three row concentric millefiori paperweight with a red and white double overlay.  The 1854 date cane is surrounded by three rings of identical white cog canes with turquoise centers.  The "1854" date cane is either a fake date intended to deceive the buyer or perhaps commemorative of a past event.  This paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.  The top facet has an unusual cutting as does the base which is polished flat and finished with a fancy star cut.  Probably made in the 1960s by Fratelli Toso.  A classic design.

Murano paperweights with fake dates are an interesting sub-collection.  Some people collect these paperweights with the goal of getting examples of each date.  Some dates correspond dates used in real antique French or American paperweights, but there are no antique paperweights known to have an 1854 date.

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.

Fratelli Toso was started in 1854 by six brothers - Angelo Toso, Giovanni Toso, Ferdinando Toso, Carlo Toso, Gregorio Toso and Liberato Toso.  They were joined by Ermanno Toso in 1924 who became artistic director.  The Fratelli Toso company is well known for its use of colorful murrines and millefiori, particularly during the 1950's and earlier.  In 1979, the company suffered a harsh economic crisis, forcing the owners to divide it into Antica Vetreria Fratelli Toso and Fratelli Toso International.  In 1981, Fratelli Toso International filed for bankruptcy and closed its doors for good.  Antica Vetreria Fratelli Toso, led by Arnoldo Toso, continued to operate.

Very large size:   3 3/16" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The base is polished flat and finished with a fancy star cut.  This paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and five smaller side facets.  The top facet has an unusual cutting. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this paperweight is from the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  It was probably made in the 1960s by Fratelli Toso.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Some light wear on the base.  No other chips, cracks, of scratches found on inspection.

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$145 postage paid in the US.

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Magnum Murano Faceted Double Overlay Three Row Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with 1854 Date
5128 Large Murano Scramble Paperweight.   circa 1970.  This fun scramble paperweight is filled with light blue twist canes placed over a ground of white lace or upset muslin.  The blue twists have gold aventurine edges.  Unsigned.

Note:  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights. This paperweight has a faint scratch on the top of the dome.  I also found a tiny (1/8") area on the side that appears to be debris in the glass.  It cannot be felt and is not a bruise or pinprick.  See the pictures for a closeup. 

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.

Large Size:   3" diameter by just under 2 11/16" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:   Good condition.  This paperweight has a faint scratch on the top of the dome.  I also found a tiny (1/8") area on the side that appears to be debris in the glass.  It cannot be felt and is not a bruise or pinprick.  See the pictures for a closeup.  No other flaws found with the exception of some wear on the base. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.

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$65 postage paid in the US.   

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Large Murano Scramble Paperweight
5970 Large Murano Carpet Ground Millefiori Paperweight - ALT or 3 Fiori.  circa 1970s-2000.  This paperweight is a great example of a carpet millefiori paperweight from the premier Murano glass studio ALT or its later successor Vetreria 3 Fiori.  The design is closely packed with two types of flower canes.  One type of flower canes sets up a concentric design of two rows around a center cane of the same type.  The other type of flower cane fills in all the spaces to form a uniform carpet and also forms a stave basket on the outside of the design.  The setup is convex when viewed from the side but concave when viewed from the base.  The base is polished flat.  It is unsigned, but certainly originated at either ALT or 3 Fiori.  A wonderful paperweight.

Note on condition:  This paperweight has two small areas with damage on the side.  One is an abrasion or rough area approximately 1/4" across.  The other is an area about the same size low on the side with several pinpricks or tiny chips.  Both are hard to see without magnification.  They are shown in the pictures.  The paperweight displays beautifully but I have chosen to reduce the price to compensate for these flaws.

This paperweight was made either ALT studio or Vetreria 3 Fiori studio on the island of Murano in Venice, ItalyALT was founded in the 1970s and specialized in making paperweights, although they also made other types of glass.  They continued in operation until around 2002.  In the late 1990s two glass workers at ALT left and founded Vetreria 3 Fiori, which came to be recognized as the best millefiori paperweight maker in Murano.  This studio was in operation for only five years from about 2000 to 2005.  Subsequently, two of the workers at 3 Fiori opened a new studio called The Millefiori Factory but it appears that that has also closed. 

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.  

Large Size:   3 1/16" diameter by 1 15/16" high with a flat polished base. 
Condition:   Very good condition.  This paperweight has two small areas with damage on the side.  One is an abrasion or rough area approximately 1/4" across.  The other is an area about the same size low on the side with several pinpricks or tiny chips.  Both are hard to see without magnification.  They are shown in the pictures.  The paperweight displays beautifully.  No chips, cracks, or scratches on the dome.  
Signature:  This paperweight unsigned, but I guarantee it was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  The most likely maker is either ALT or Vetreria 3 Fiori.

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Abrasion or rub mark on side (1/4")
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$75 postage paid in the US.

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Large Murano Carpet Ground Millefiori Paperweight - ALT or 3 Fiori
5304 Large Murano Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight with Rare Signature Cane and KB Label - Probably by Fratelli Toso.   dated 1969.  This paperweight is a good example of a Murano spaced millefiori paperweight with eight bright colored millefiori canes plus a rare signature cane placed on a lace ground.  The signature cane reads "M.B 69" in blue letters on a white background.  This signature cane has been previously recorded and a variation appears in Andrew Dohan's Dictionary of Paperweight Signature Canes", revised edition.  At this time, the precise meaning of the signature cane is unknown.  In addition, it has a worn and faded silver foil label from KB (Koscherak Brothers) stating that it is "AN ORIGINAL CREATION BY KB.  MADE IN ITALY". 

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.

Koscherak Brothers (KB) were importers of Murano glass and Italian pottery from the 1950s until the late 1970s .  At the time, they had a showroom at 225 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.  Some writers have observed that most of the Italian Glass imported under the KB Label was made by Fratelli Toso, but others have noted that KB labels appear on other good Italian glass including Barovier-Toso, Seguso, and others.  KB is believed to have stopped importing Italian glass about 1977, but continued to exist in New York City until at least 1993.

Large Size:   2 15/16" diameter by 2 5/8" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Condition:   Excellent condition with no cracks,  chips, or scratches.  Minor wear on the base.  There is some debris in the glass (shown in the pictures). 
Signature:  This paperweight has a signature cane that reads " foil label that reads "M.B 69" in blue letters on a white background.  It also has a worn foil label that reads "AN ORIGINAL CREATION BY KB.  MADE IN ITALY".  I believe the maker was the firm of Fratelli Toso.  I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. 

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$195 postage paid in the US. 

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Large Murano Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight with Rare Signature Cane and KB Label - Probably by Fratelli Toso
5640 Large Murano Crown Hollow Blown Paperweight - Probably Fratelli Toso.   circa 1950-1970.  Colorful Murano crown crown paperweight.  The weight is formed from 16 alternating strands of pink , red, and lavender twists.  This crown paperweight is unusual in that it is hollow blown with a large bubble in the center in the style of antique crown paperweights. Most modern crown paperweights are solid in the center.  A great example for any collector of paperweights or Murano glass.  Probably made by Fratelli Toso. 

Crown weights are considered by some to be the most exciting of all millefiori designs.  They are extremely difficult to make.  Hollow blown crown weights are even more difficult to make and are hard to find. 

A similar hollow crown paperweight appears on page 51 of the book Paperweights by Sibylle Jargstorf and is attributed to Fratelli Toso.

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.

Fratelli Toso was started in 1854 by six brothers - Angelo Toso, Giovanni Toso, Ferdinando Toso, Carlo Toso, Gregorio Toso and Liberato Toso.  They were joined by Ermanno Toso in 1924 who became artistic director.  The Fratelli Toso company is well known for its use of colorful murrines and millefiori, particularly during the 1950's and earlier.  In 1979, the company suffered a harsh economic crisis, forcing the owners to divide it into Antica Vetreria Fratelli Toso and Fratelli Toso International.  In 1981, Fratelli Toso International filed for bankruptcy and closed its doors for good.  Antica Vetreria Fratelli Toso, led by Arnoldo Toso, continued to operate.

Large Size:   Just under 2 15/16" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The bottom is polished flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is a paperweight from the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  It was probably made by Fratelli Toso.

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$135 postage paid in the US.

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Large Murano Crown Hollow Blown Paperweight - Probably Fratelli Toso
5644 Large Colorful Murano Millefiori Paperweight with Seven Large Flower Canes - Probably Seguso.   circa 1960-1980.  Colorful millefiori paperweight with a closepacked design consisting of seven identical large flower canes.   Each flower cane is outlined in blue.  The design is set on a clear ground.  Unsigned, but I believe this was made by Seguso.  An interesting design.

There exist examples of this paperweight design with labels from the Archimede Seguso company in Murano "ARCHIMEDE SEGUSO MURANO MADE IN ITALY" and also from their showroom in Milan -  "SEGUSO C. SORDA VITTORIA, 40, TEL. 799648, MILANO".  This example does not have a label.

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.

Archimede Seguso (1909-1999) was an Italian glass artist known for his intricate glass vases, necklaces, and sculptures.  Spanning a wide range of forms and colors, his subject matter included animals and abstract shapes.  He was part of an illustrious legacy of Italian glassmakers, their ancestry spanning over six centuries to the 14th century.  Seguso notably led a revival of ancient Venetian glass-making techniques, specifically filigrana, which produced lattice-like patterns. Seguso ran the family business Seguso Vetri d'Arte, from 1937 to 1942.  After 1942 he devoted his time to research and innovation and continued to produce many artistic breakthroughs.  The Seguso company continues to produce glass today.  Seguso works are included in many private and museum collections.  

Large size:  2 15/16" diameter by 1 7/8" high. The base is polished flat. 
Condition:   Very good to excellent condition. I found a couple of tiny scratches, but no significant damage. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made on the island of Murano.  Given the existence of labeled Seguso examples, I believe it is from the Seguso factory.

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$89 postage paid in the US.

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Large Colorful Murano Millefiori Paperweight with Seven Large Flower Canes - Probably Seguso
6002 Magnum AVEM Murano Hollow Blown Crown Paperweight.   circa 1930-1960.  Colorful Murano crown paperweight made by Arte Vetraria Muranese (AVEM).  The paperweight is formed from 26 alternating strands of white and pink twists.  The pink twists have gold aventurine borders to add sparkle.  The white twists are made up of a ribbon of five white rods.  Eighteen colorful millefiori canes make up the crown on top.  There is a remnant of a Murano label on the base.  The top of the dome has a small unevenness (from the making) which cases a tiny bit of distortion.  A wonderful large example.

This crown paperweight is unusual in that it is hollow blown with a large bubble in the center in the style of antique crown paperweights. Most modern crown paperweights are solid in the center.  A great example for any collector of paperweights or Murano glass.  Crown weights are considered by some to be the most exciting of all millefiori designs.  They are extremely difficult to make.  Hollow blown crown weights are even more difficult to make and are hard to find. 

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.

A.V.E.M. or Arte Vetraria Muranese was founded on the Island of Murano in Venice, Italy in 1932.  They were no longer producing glass in 2003.  For more information see page 9 of the book Murano Glass Century 20 by Leslie Pina.  

Very large size:   Just over 3 1/2" diameter by just over 2 15/16" high.  The base is polished flat and hollow ground in the center.  This paperweight weighs 28 ounces. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with minor wear at the base.  No chips or cracks.  There is a small unevenness on the top of the dome (from the making) which cases a tiny bit of distortion. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this paperweight was made by AVEM on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  It has a remnant of a paper label on the base.

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Magnum AVEM Murano Hollow Blown Crown Paperweight
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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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5516
Rare Magnum Paolo Venini Closepacked Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1930-1959.  Very large colorful Paoli Venini closepacked millefiori paperweight.  The design is placed over a clear ground.  Some of the millefiori canes are tipped on their side.  This paperweight has a low profile (see side view).  An important early 20th century paperweight from Murano.

Several experts have advised me that this paperweight was made by Paola Venini.  Most of his paperweights are not signed, but he also made signed mirrors with millefiori borders containing the same millefiori canes.

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.

Paolo Venini (1895-1959) was born in Cusano, Italy.   As a young man he studied law in Milan.  During the first war he was stationed near Venice where he became fascinated with the glass mosaics and stained glass of St. Mark’s cathedral.  After the war he began a law practice but soon came under the influence of Venetian art and antiquities dealer Giacomo Cappellin who convinced the young Venini to join him as a business partner in a new Murano glass enterprise in 1921.  The firm was incorporated in 1924 as Vetri Soffiati Muranesi Venini Cappelin & Co.  The Venini company continued to operate after Paolo's death in 1959 and remains in operation today (2023).  

Very large size:  Just under 4" diameter by 2" high.  The base is polished flat.  There is the remnant of the pontil scar on the base.
Condition:   Very good condition.  There is the remnant of the pontil scar on the base (or it may be a chip) and considerable wear on the base.  One chip on the edge of the base has been polished out leaving a flat spot in an otherwise circular base.  There are other chips on the side including one that is 5/16" across.  The other chips on the side are tiny.  No chips or scratches found on the dome.  No cracks.  The paperweight displays beautifully.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I believe this paperweight was made by Paolo Venini at his firm in Murano, Venice, Italy.

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$275 postage paid in the US.

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Rare Magnum Paolo Venini Closepacked Millefiori Paperweight
4438 Large Fratelli Toso Murano Latticinio and Twist Crown Paperweight with Millefiori Canes.   circa 1970.  Wonderful example of a Murano swirl crown paperweight formed from 24 colorful twists alternating in color and arranged in a swirl.  There are also three large millefiori canes.  Every other twist is a white latticinio twist.  Alternating colors are blue, green, red,  pink, and yellow.  The yellow and pink twists have gold aventurine edges.  This paperweight was made by Fratelli Toso.  A fun paperweight with brilliant colors.

Technically a crown weight should have a crown millefiori or group of millefiori on top.  This weight does not.  Crown weights are considered by some to be the most exciting of all millefiori designs.  They are extremely difficult to make.  Pedestal crowns are the most desirable.

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.

Fratelli Toso was started in 1854 by six brothers - Angelo Toso, Giovanni Toso, Ferdinando Toso, Carlo Toso, Gregorio Toso and Liberato Toso.  They were joined by Ermanno Toso in 1924 who became artistic director.  The Fratelli Toso company is well known for its use of colorful murrines and millefiori, particularly during the 1950's and earlier.  In 1979, the company suffered a harsh economic crisis, forcing the owners to divide it into Antica Vetreria Fratelli Toso and Fratelli Toso International.  In 1981, Fratelli Toso International filed for bankruptcy and closed its doors for good.  Antica Vetreria Fratelli Toso, led by Arnoldo Toso, continued to operate.

Very large size:  3 1/16" diameter by 2 5/8" high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No scratches, chips, or cracks found on inspection.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this paperweight was made by Fratelli Toso on the island of Murano, Venice, Italy. 

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$95 postage paid in the US.

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Large Fratelli Toso Murano Latticinio and Twist Crown Paperweight with Millefiori Canes
5990 Large Fratelli Toso Murano Red White and Blue Concentric Paperweight - with label.   circa 1960-1970.  Wonderful example of a Murano close packed concentric millefiori paperweight.  The design is simple, with two rings of large red, white, and blue cog canes with clear centers.  The outer ring consists of twelve blue and white canes.  The inner ring consists of six red and white canes.  And there is a blue and white cane in the center.  This paperweight was made by Fratelli Toso and has a worn Fratelli Toso silver foil label with a conjoined "ft" and "MADE IN ITALY MURANO GLASS".  A fun paperweight with great colors.

Note on condition:  This paperweight has a slight dimple on top along with a faint 1" scratch on top (see picture).  And a rough area next to the base (see another picture).  I also found a tiny nick on the side which I couldn't capture in a picture.

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.

Fratelli Toso was started in 1854 by six brothers - Angelo Toso, Giovanni Toso, Ferdinando Toso, Carlo Toso, Gregorio Toso and Liberato Toso.  They were joined by Ermanno Toso in 1924 who became artistic director.  The Fratelli Toso company is well known for its use of colorful murrines and millefiori, particularly during the 1950's and earlier.  In 1979, the company suffered a harsh economic crisis, forcing the owners to divide it into Antica Vetreria Fratelli Toso and Fratelli Toso International.  In 1981, Fratelli Toso International filed for bankruptcy and closed its doors for good.  Antica Vetreria Fratelli Toso, led by Arnoldo Toso, continued to operate.

Large size:  3 1/8" diameter by just under  2 11/16" high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:  Good condition.  This paperweight has a slight dimple on top along with a faint 1" scratch on top (see picture).  And a rough area next to the base (see another picture).  I also found a tiny nick on the side which I couldn't capture in a picture.
Signature:  Signed with a worn Fratelli Toso silver foil label with a conjoined "ft" and "MADE IN ITALY MURANO GLASS". 

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Large Fratelli Toso Murano Red White and Blue Concentric Paperweight - with label
5645 Magnum Murano Collie Paperweight - with label.   circa 1960-1980.  Wonderful example of a Murano ceramic decal paperweight with a colored collie image.  The image is created using a ceramic decal or transfer applied to a translucent light blue ground and then encased in clear glass.  When heated the transfer burns off leaving just the image.  It is signed with a generic Murano red and silver circular foil label "MADE IN Murano ITALY".  The exact factory is unknown to me, but I guarantee this is an authentic Murano product.

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:  Just over 3 3/8" diameter by just under 2 3/16" high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on the body.  Some faint wear on the base.
Signature:  Signed with a generic Murano red and silver circular foil label "MADE IN Murano ITALY".  The exact factory is unknown to me, but I guarantee this is an authentic Murano product. 

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Magnum Murano Collie Paperweight - with label
4445 Large Murano Pear Paperweight.   circa 1950-1980.  This pear paperweight is made in the style of the antique New England Glass Company pear paperweights with a variegated pear set on a clear slightly oval cookie base.  It appears to be hollow blown just like those from NEGC.  An excellent example of this style. 

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. 

Size:   2 3/4" diameter by 3 15/16" long by 2 15/16" high.  The base 2 13/16" by 2 11/16" and is fire finished. 
Condition:   Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  This paperweight is unsigned.

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Large Murano Pear Paperweight
5698 Magnum Murano Closepacked Millefiori Paperweight - probably by Ferro & Lazzarini.  circa 1960 - 1980.  Colorful Murano paperweight with a great assortment of closely packed colorful millefiori canes set over a clear ground.  I believe this was made at Ferro & Lazzarini.  A beautiful addition to any collection of millefiori paperweights. 

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.

The Ferro Eugenio & Co. glass factory was founded in 1929 on the island of Murano, Venice, Italy by Eugenio Ferro in partnership with Giovanni Lazzarini.  After Eugenio died in 1947, the factory was managed by his young heirs.  During this time, Giovanni Lazzarini became more involved and the company name was changed to Ferro & Lazzarini SRL.  Starting in 2001, the factory has been managed by Dario Ferro, a direct descendant of Eugenio Ferro. 

Very large Size:  Just under 3 7/16" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:   Excellent condition.  Some rough areas at the edge of the base.  No other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There are some small bubbles in the glass.   
Signature:  This paperweight is unsigned.  I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy, probably by the Ferro & Lazzarini studio. 

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$135 postage paid in the US.                                         Added 1/24/2024

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Magnum Murano Closepacked Millefiori Paperweight - probably by Ferro & Lazzarini
5703 Murano Hollow Blown Closepacked Millefiori Paperweight - with Two Labels.  circa 1960 - 1980.  Colorful Murano paperweight with a great assortment of closely packed colorful millefiori canes on the surface of the paperweight.  The paperweight is hollow blown and weighs about half of what a solid paperweight of this size would weigh.  It has two labels, a generic red and gold foil "MADE IN Murano ITALY" label with scalloped edges and Koscherak Brothers silver foil label "AN ORIGINAL CREATION BY KB MADE IN ITALY".  The millefiori canes were probably made by Ercole Moretti or Effetre, but it is possible a different Murano studio made this paperweight itself.  A beautiful addition to any collection of millefiori paperweights.

The technique used to produce the inner core with millefiori canes on the surface is sometimes called a cane roll-up.  The Murano firms of Fratelli Toso and Barovier & Toso produced objects with this technique.  The millefiori canes are typical of Ercole Moretti which sold the millefiori and may have been the source of millefiori canes for this paperweight. 

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.

Koscherak Brothers (KB) were importers of Murano glass and Italian pottery from the 1950s until the late 1970s .  At the time, they had a showroom at 225 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.  Some writers have observed that most of the Italian Glass imported under the KB Label was made by Fratelli Toso, but others have noted that KB labels appear on other good Italian glass including Barovier & Toso, Seguso, and others.  KB is believed to have stopped importing Italian glass about 1977, but continued to exist in New York City until at least 1993.

Ercole Moretti was established in 1911 on the initiative of three brothers, with the intention of producing two classic types of Venetian glass beads: the “Rosetta” and the mosaic ‘Millefiori”.  The company, now managed by the founders’ grandchildren, has embraced various kinds of processes over the years to expand its product range. However, murrina glass has always been its core business.  In their first years in operation, the Morettis focused on production of millefiori beads.  In the 1970s they adapted to produce pendants and then launched a variety of products including dishes and ornaments in murrina.  The company continues to operate today although there are two separate companies, Ercole Moretti and Effetre (previously called Effetre Moretti). 

Large size:  3" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is fire finished with a depression in the center.
Condition:   Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.   
Signature:  This paperweight has two labels, a generic red and gold foil "MADE IN Murano ITALY" label with scalloped edges and Koscherak Brothers silver foil label "AN ORIGINAL CREATION BY KB MADE IN ITALY".  I guarantee that this paperweight was made on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy.  The millefiori canes were probably by Ercole Moretti or Effetre.  The maker of the paperweight itself is unknown. 

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$95 postage paid in the US.

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Murano Hollow Blown Closepacked Millefiori Paperweight - with Two Labels

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