20th C or older Hand Blown flint glass Cup with gold flecks and Millefiori Murrines

20th Century hand blown pedestaled cup with handle and covered with about 96 individual murrines (aka murrhines or murrini) from complex millefiori canes. Each cane is made of six to eight different layers of colored glass (see all photos and photo close-ups) with the rod extruded through a multifaceted or multipetaled mold at times to produce the flowery millefiori designs. Glass colors include opaque white lattimo and opaque dark blue as well as many more translucent glass colors that include: sapphire blue, emerald green, honey amber, true yellow, cranberry red, milky white, orange, and very light blue-green. The end result is a fascinating mosaic of millefiori slices taken from probably at least 25 to 30 different cane rods (see photos).

The cup is made from three hand blown or hand tooled pieces of flint glass that fluoresce under short-wave UV light (this cup is made of lead glass rather than soda glass) . The conical pedestal base is hand made and tooled from a single piece of clear glass and attached directly to the bottom of the conical cup. The base has a solid rough snapped pontil on it that was originally used to help attach the base to the bottom of the cup. The handle is made from a single strap of clear glass and has a nicely rolled lower terminal that is more like handles from the 1700s and 1800s than the 20th century (see all photos). Both the base ands the handle have small gold flecks on the surface of the glass and the glass has a matte or satin finish. Some may call the gold flecks a type of Aventurine, however close inspection with a hand lens (loupe) seems to show that the metallic flecks are on the surface rather than encapsulated within the glass.

The main body of the cup is made from a hand blown gather of clear glass to which slices of canes (murrhines) have been added to the exterior of gather before it was tooled into its final form. The murrines show some distortion along the flaring rim as well as at the very bottom of the cup. As noted, there are about 100 individual slices of cane rods encased in the cup (counts range from 95 to 99 when all pieces are counted). There are no makers marks or artist names on the cup and so I do not know who may have made it. It may be older Murano Venetian glass since it is made of flint glass rather than cheaper soda glass. It could also be European or English however, Italy seems more likely. The precise age of this glass is also unknown, however the quality and complexity of the millefiori push it back before 1945 and most likely from the 1920s or older. And so if you collect close-packed millefiori paper weights by Murano, Baccarat, Clichy, Perthshire or unidentified companies, then you may well want to add this wonderful cup to your collection or give it as gift to someone who also shares your interest in beautiful hand made glass. And as always, this millefiori cup also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below).

SIZE: This handled cup stands 3 3/8 inches tall and measures about 3 inches across at the rim and about 2 inches across at its base. This cup weighs about 1/4 lbs and is a perfect size for displaying on a shelf, window ledge, mantle or in a china cabinet or glass case and will certainly capture attention in most any setting.

CONDITION: This glass cup is in excellent condition with no chips, no hairlines, no star cracks, no stains, no major scratches, and no repairs or restorations. A better hand blown and hand tooled example containing 100 individual millefiori slices from some 25 to 35 different cane rods would be hard to find at the price offered here. In fact, many inferior examples seem to command prices $100 to $250 more than the price asked here.

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Item ID: RL631.a1590

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