paperweights: Murano, Italy, page 2

PW2532. Unusual Fratelli Toso or AVEM Beehive faceted Concentric Closepack Magnum Museum Piece. This is an older Murano weight (circa 1930s-1950s). Fratelli Toso, one of the greatest old Murano Glass Companies, was in operation from 1854 to 1980. AVEM, also a great one, was in business from 1932-1976. This attractive work comprises a nice set nicely domed, classic Muranese canes in a stunning and vibrant variety of colors and intricate designs over a clear crystal base. Condition is fairly amazing—it has been in collections all its life no doubt—is as if in a shop for sale when made. It’s a rare and beautiful piece. All original. 3 1/2 inch diameter; 3 1/8 inches tall; one pound and fourteen ounces. $250

PW2852. Ferro & Lazzarini Museum Piece. The Murano glassworks of Ferro & Lazzarini sold last century when the owners grew too old to continue operations. In their peak, they produced magnificent paperweights like this one. The new owners produced some beautiful glass items, but not high quality paperweights. The condition and quality of this one is excellent – if you picked it up for sale as new in an Italian glass shop, you’d think it was recently made. It is an adeptly made paperweight with beautiful cane work in a peaceful design that includes complex, stunning, and rare canes. 3 1/8 inches in diameter; 2 inches tall; one pound. $110