Vintage Hand Blown Ashtrays (Each)

R220.00R250.00

Vintage Hand Blown Ashtrays (Each)

R220.00R250.00

It’s very tempting to label all vintage glass ashtrays as Murano – the Italians produced (and still produce) these bowls in their numbers, and they really are the glass masters, with glass blowers all over the world often copying or being inspired by the styles developed in Italy. But without a maker’s label, it’s very difficult to say where exactly a piece of glass comes from, and just because something isn’t Italian doesn’t mean that we should write it off – as you know some of the Scandinavian countries produce incredible art glass, as do artists from other parts of the world. In fact I’m fairly certain that today’s layered geode* ashtray is a piece of Portuguese IVIMA glass – it bears a striking resemblance to other pieces by these glass makers, with the same distinctive layers of solid coloured glass, and similar peculiar shapes! But for the equally lovely cyan ashtray, I’m afraid I don’t have a clear idea, so my default guess would be……..Italy!

*Geode bowls get their name from their resemblance to geode rocks which have been sliced neatly in two

Note: Both ashtrays have definite signs of wear. The base of the cyan ashtray is very scuffed, and the geode ashtray has some minor areas of damage to the inside rim (see photos)

Dimensions: Cyan ashtray – 12cm in diameter x 4.5cm deep; Geode ashtray – 11cm in diameter x 4cm deep

It’s very tempting to label all vintage glass ashtrays as Murano – the Italians produced (and still produce) these bowls in their numbers, and they really are the glass masters, with glass blowers all over the world often copying or being inspired by the styles developed in Italy. But without a maker’s label, it’s very difficult to say where exactly a piece of glass comes from, and just because something isn’t Italian doesn’t mean that we should write it off – as you know some of the Scandinavian countries produce incredible art glass, as do artists from other parts of the world. In fact I’m fairly certain that today’s layered geode* ashtray is a piece of Portuguese IVIMA glass – it bears a striking resemblance to other pieces by these glass makers, with the same distinctive layers of solid coloured glass, and similar peculiar shapes! But for the equally lovely cyan ashtray, I’m afraid I don’t have a clear idea, so my default guess would be……..Italy!

*Geode bowls take their name from geode rocks. The style of glass is said to resemble the rocks when they’ve been sliced in two

Note: Both ashtrays have definite signs of wear. The base of the cyan ashtray is very scuffed, and the geode ashtray has some minor areas of damage to the inside rim (see photos)

Dimensions: Cyan ashtray – 12cm in diameter x 4.5cm deep; Geode ashtray – 11cm in diameter x 4cm deep

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