Murano Faceted Glass Identification Guide + Gallery

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Faceted "block" vases and bowls similar to the ones shown below have been popular since the 1950's, and production has continued right up to today. There have been several factories in the Murano region which have made glassware in this style, and as such it is difficult to be certain of the manufacturer without labels or signatures present. Well known manufacturers that have produced glassware in this faceted style include Mandruzzato, Campanella, V. Nason, Formia, Bucella Cristalli and Oball. The vast majority of these faceted Murano glass items contain two or more suspended coloured layers of glass in a third layer of clear glass, using the very popular sommerso technique.

Important note: As with most sommerso glassware, it is very common to find these wrongly attributed to Flavio Poli, a designer who became famous for his sommerso designs. However, Flavio Poli worked for the Seguso Vetri d'Arte factory, whose designs are very well documented, and there are no records at all of them ever producing these faceted sommerso items. Sadly this does not stop inexperienced sellers from copying the incorrect Flavio Poli attribution, if their research only consists of a quick Google or eBay search.

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Campanella Murano Faceted Red & Amber Sommerso Glass Vase

A red, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass block vase. Made by Campanella, labelled.

Campanella Murano Faceted Red & Amber Sommerso Glass Vase

Label reads "Muran, Vetreria - G. Campanella & C.".

Campanella Murano Faceted Brown & Amber Sommerso Glass Vase

A brown and amber Murano sommerso faceted glass block vase. Made by Campanella, labelled.

Campanella Murano Faceted Brown & Amber Sommerso Glass Vase

Label reads "Muran, Made in Italy, Vetreria G. Campanella & C.".

Mandruzzato Murano Faceted Black & Silver Glass Block Bowl

A black and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass ashtray bowl with silver leaf inclusions. Made by Mandruzzato, labelled.

Mandruzzato Murano Faceted Green & Amber Sommerso Glass Vase

A green, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted and textured glass vase. Generic design made by Mandruzzato, Bucella Cristalli and Campanella.

Mandruzzato Murano Faceted Purple & Uranium Sommerso Glass Vase

A purple, blue, uranium yellow green and clear Murano sommerso faceted and textured glass vase. Generic design made by Mandruzzato, Bucella Cristalli and Campanella.

Mandruzzato Murano/Sommerso Textured Blue Glass Vase

A blue and clear Murano sommerso faceted and textured glass vase. Generic design made by Mandruzzato, Bucella Cristalli and Campanella.

Mandruzzato Murano Faceted Green & Amber Sommerso Glass Bowl

A green, amber, blue and clear Murano sommerso faceted and textured glass bowl. Made by Mandruzzato and possibly other factories.

Mandruzzato Murano/Sommerso Textured Pink Glass Bowl

A pink, amber and blue Murano sommerso faceted and textured glass bowl. Made by Mandruzzato and possibly other factories.

Mandruzzato Murano/Sommerso Textured Green Glass Bowl

A green, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted and textured glass bowl. Made by Mandruzzato and possibly other factories.

Mandruzzato Murano Faceted Red & Amber Sommerso Glass Bowl

A red, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted and textured glass bowl. Made by Mandruzzato and possibly other factories.

LABELLED Oball Murano Faceted Amber & Blue Sommerso Glass Block Bowl

An amber, blue and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass bowl. Made by Oball, labelled.

LABELLED Vetri Molati Murano Faceted Brown & Amber Sommerso Glass Bowl

A brown, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass bowl, made by Vetri Molati. Has two labels, which read "V. A. M. Vetri Molati, Made in Murano" and "AM, Artigianato Muranese, Quality Trade Mark".

Vetri Molati Murano Faceted Red & Amber Sommerso Glass Bowl

A red, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass bowl. Label reads "Cristallo Intagliato A Mano, V. A. M., Hand Cut Crystal". Probably made by Vetri Molati.

LABELLED Vetri Molati / Gino Fort Murano Faceted Sommerso Glass Vase

A purple, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass block vase by Vetri Molati. Label reads "G Fort, Vetri Molati, Murano Venezia".

Bucella Cristalli Murano Faceted Blue & Amber Sommerso Glass Vase

A blue, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass vase, by Bucella Cristalli. Label reads "Artistic Crystal Murano, Made in Italy".

Murano Faceted Green & Blue Sommerso Glass Block Bowl

A green, amber, blue and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass bowl. Scroll shaped label reads "Murano Glass, Made in Italy".

Murano Faceted Red & Amber Sommerso Glass Block Bowl

A red, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass vase, with generic Murano glass label.

Murano Faceted Green, Amber & Blue Sommerso Glass Block Vase

A green, amber and blue Murano sommerso faceted glass vase.

Murano Faceted Green & Amber Sommerso Glass Bowl - Label

A green, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass square bowl. Label reads "Cristal V. M. P., Made in Murano".

Murano Faceted Brown & Amber Sommerso Glass Block Bowl

A brown, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass bowl, with generic Murano glass label.

Murano Faceted Amber & Blue Sommerso Glass Block Bowl

A brown, amber and blue Murano sommerso faceted glass block ashtray bowl.

Murano Faceted Red & Amber Sommerso Glass Block Bowl

A red, amber and blue Murano sommerso faceted glass block bowl.

Murano Sommerso Faceted Amber Glass Block Bowl

A golden amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass square block bowl with textured base.

Murano Faceted Red & Amber Sommerso Glass Block Bowl

A red, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass square block bowl with textured base.

Murano Faceted Green & Amber Sommerso Glass Block Bowl

A green, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass square block bowl with textured base.

Murano Sommerso Faceted Red & Amber Glass Block Bowl

A red, amber and blue Murano sommerso faceted glass square block bowl.

Murano Faceted Red & Amber Sommerso Glass Block Bowl

A red, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass rectangle block bowl.

Murano Vintage Faceted Green & Amber Sommerso Glass Block Bowl

A green, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass block bowl.

Murano Faceted Pink & Amber Sommerso Glass Vintage Block Bowl

A pink, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass triangle block bowl.

Murano/Sommerso Faceted Green Glass Block Vase/Bowl

A green, amber and blue Murano sommerso faceted glass triangle block bowl.

HUGE 2.4kg Murano Faceted Red & Amber Sommerso Glass Block Bowl

A large red, green, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass block bowl.

Large Murano Faceted Blue & Amber Sommerso Glass Bowl

A large blue, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass block bowl.

HUGE 2.8kg Murano Faceted Amber Sommerso Glass Block Bowl

A large brown, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass block bowl.

Murano Faceted Red & Amber Sommerso Glass Triangle Block Bowl

A large red, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass block bowl.

Murano Faceted Blue & Uranium Sommerso Glass Block Bowl

A blue, uranium green and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass block bowl.

Murano Faceted Blue & Amber Sommerso Glass Block Bowl

A blue, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass block bowl.

Murano Faceted Red & Amber Sommerso Glass Block Bowl

A red, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass block bowl with generic Murano glass label.

Murano Faceted Red & Amber Sommerso Glass Block Bowl

A red, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass block bowl.

Murano Faceted Purple & Blue Sommerso Glass Block Bowl

A purple, amber and blue Murano sommerso faceted glass block bowl with textured base.

Murano Faceted Purple & Amber Sommerso Glass Block Bowl

A purple, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass block bowl with textured base.

Murano Faceted Green & Amber Sommerso Glass Vintage Block Bowl

A green, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass block bowl.

Murano Faceted Green & Amber Sommerso Glass Block Bowl

A green, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass block bowl.

Murano/Sommerso Faceted Uranium Glass Block Vase

A uranium green and blue Murano sommerso faceted glass block vase.

Murano Faceted Neodymium Sommerso Glass Block Vase

A purple, blue / lilac and clear Murano sommerso faceted "Neodymium" glass block vase.

Murano Faceted Brown, Amber & Blue Sommerso Glass Block Vase

A brown, amber and blue Murano sommerso faceted glass block vase.

Large Murano Faceted Sommerso Glass Block Vase

A large red, blue and amber Murano sommerso faceted glass block vase.

Murano Faceted Red & Amber Sommerso Glass Block Vase

A red, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass block vase.

Murano Faceted Green & Pink Sommerso Glass Block Vase

A green, pink and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass block vase.

Murano Faceted Green & Amber Sommerso Glass Block Vase

A green, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass block vase.

Murano Faceted Red & Amber Sommerso Glass Block Vase

A red, amber and blue Murano sommerso faceted glass block vase.

Murano Faceted Blue & Amber Sommerso Glass Block Vase

A blue, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass block vase.

Murano Faceted Purple & Amber Sommerso Glass Vase

A purple, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass block vase.

Murano Faceted Green & Amber Sommerso Glass Block Vase

A green, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass block vase.

SIGNED Murano Faceted Red & Amber Sommerso Glass Block Vase

A red, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass block vase, signed to base "M. Murano".

Murano Faceted Green & Blue Sommerso Glass Block Vase

A green, blue and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass vase. Label reads "Lavorazione, Arte Murano, Made in Italy".

Murano/Venetian Faceted Amber Sommerso Glass Vase - Label

A brown, amber and clear Murano sommerso faceted glass vase. Label reads "Handworked Glass, Handge Arbeitete Glaser, Made in Murano Italy".


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