Here are two vintage art glass bowls, made in Murano, Italy styles. The first one is a large rose bowl that that would be great for a table centerpiece. It has a shape that (somewhat) resembles a sea shell and has designs in the glass that resemble various species of seaweed. The bowl’s main colors are champagne, brown, and off-white. There are also glittery coppery-bronze colored flecks, that are concentrated in patches, throughout the bowl. The second bowl is in the shape of a conch shell. It has two tones of dark brown coloring on its underside, which are mixed to create a net-like pattern. There are lighter brown and off-white tones in the bowl’s interior, which are mixed in a bit of a swirly pattern. The brown and off white glass is encased in clear white glass, which has jagged edges (to resemble the jagged edges of a shell). Although these two bowls do not have maker’s marks on them, they are in the circa 1950s styles of Murano glassmakers (with characteristics such as thick glass, sinuous lines in the designs, asymmetrical shapes, flecked glass, and creative mixes of colors). Each bowl has a polished pontil mark, on its underside.
By the 13th Century, glassmaking in Venice, Italy was a major industry. Near the end of that century, skilled glassmakers were banished from the city of Venice and compelled to live and work on the nearby island of Murano, because of the fires that their factory furnaces had often caused in the Venice and to prevent others from learning their glassblowing “secrets”. They were not allowed to leave the island, without a special pass. The middle of the 19th Century was a time of much innovation for Murano glass artisans, but the post-war decades of the 1950s and 1960s was their most glorious period. Hand-blown glass works, including bowls, vases, goblets, paperweights, and other decorative objects were produced. They were thick, had textured surfaces, were highly colorful (including with witty accents such as polka dots and stripes), had organic, twisted, pulled, and geometric shapes, and made abstract-expressionistic statements that were typical of the Mid Century Modern style. Today, Murano is well-known around the world, for its glassmaking industry and its highly collectible glass works of art.
The rose bowl has a diameter of about 9 1/4 inches and is about 5 1/2 inches high. The conch shell bowl has an asymmetrical shape and is about 9 1/2 inches (at its widest point) by 5 inches (at is highest point) by 2.75 inches (at its deepest point).
These bowls are in very good condition, with no chips or cracks. Some very tiny air bubbles can be seen on the clear white jagged edges of the conch shell bowl, if it is examined very closely.
Two 1950s Hand-Blown Murano Art Glass Bowls With Marine-Life Decorations, One With Copper/Bronze Flecks & One Conch Shell With Jagged Edges