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Viartec Murano Style Selenium Red & Orange Spanish Glass Sculpture

Viartec Murano Style Selenium Red & Orange Spanish Glass Sculpture
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Here is a magnificent large and heavy (1.4kg unpacked) 1950/60's Murano style Spanish freeform 'Selenium' glass sculpture. In a stunning combination of ruby red glass encased in orange glass. Similar to vaseline/uranium glass, but far less common, Selenium glass reacts when lit with UV light by glowing a bright orange or pink colour. This does not show up that well on camera, but is a lot brighter to the naked eye (although not as bright as the glow from uranium glass). A metalloid element, Selenium (Se) resembles sulphur, and is used in the production of glass to remove the green tinge and to make ruby-coloured glass.

The origin of these sculptures have been a mystery to me for a long time. Although very Murano in style, I once had a piece from this range with a Davidsons label (British glassworks). However it is very different from their normal work, and no others have surfaced with Davidson labels, so the label was probably "added" by someone later. Then another example turned up with an "Icet" label. Icet are or were a Venezuelian factory who produced Murano style glass, so this seemed quite plausible, however, again no other examples with Icet labels have surfaced. Finally, after following a lead from Collectors Weekly, I believe I found the answer. It turns out these sculptures were made by a Spanish factory called Viartec THF. Further research online has resulted in multiple examples with labels that read "Viartec Hand Made in Spain". I also found a couple of online listings of unlabelled examples, where the seller claimed to have bough them while on holiday in Spain in the 1970's. This would explain why they are fairly common here in the UK, Spain being one of our most popular holiday destinations.


Measures approx 8 inches tall by 15.5 inches in diameter at widest point.


Has a couple of nibbles to the base rim, and a small dull patch to the edge of the base rim, where a tiny chip may have been ground out, all shown in final pictures. This is actually very common with these sculptures, and therefore probably done at the factory. There are also a few surface scratches, mentioned for accuracy.

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