Murano White Milk Glass w Gold Centerpiece
28 February 2023

White milk glass with 24k gold blown glass centerpiece/serving bowl with grape bunch handles. Murano sticker on bottom.





Acquired from
Auction House
For sale
Answered within about 12 hours
By Delia
Feb 28, 16:41 UTC
Fair Market Value
$200 - $300 USD
Suggested Asking Price $350 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Melissa,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

A vintage Murano hand-blown milk glass and parcel gilt centerpiece bowl
Possibly by Alfredo Barbini, made in Murano, Italy, mid 20th Century
Of ovoid section with applied grape-cluster handles, with striated bottom bearing original foil sticker.
5 inches high, 14 inches long, 12 inches deep
CONDITION: appears to be in good condition; value assumes no chips, breaks, cracks or repairs.
PROVENANCE: inherited
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

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Melissa fosco Mar 01, 01:11 UTC

I can’t find a signature at all. With more research I am thinking Alfredo Barbini. I know he did sign some work, I just can’t seem to find white milk and gold signed.

Delia Mar 02, 12:48 UTC

Thanks, Melissa, for getting back to me. The connection between Alfredo Barbini is reasonable but this could have been made by others so I've worded it in such a way as to suggest that. Regardless, the style is a little fussy for tastes today, which is reflected in the valuation. You're all set otherwise.

Melissa fosco Mar 02, 20:36 UTC

Thank you. I am happy with that price. Out of curiosity, because I am very new to Murano and it’s history. This is actually my first piece. Do you know if Barbini signed work for that collection, with the milk glass and gold?

Delia Mar 03, 11:21 UTC

Great. I'm aware of some pieces but most are not. However, without a signature, there is always some question to the attribution. It comes with the territory.
If you are beginning to collect Murano, I would suggest you look for pieces that are signed. There are always lots of pieces offered at auction that are signed, and usually sell for smaller prices than what you'd pay for in a gallery. If one wants to work with a gallery, it's important to do the homework to make sure the gallery doesn't sell fakes or reproductions.
Best of luck to you!

Melissa fosco Mar 03, 20:57 UTC

Thank you so much. If all goes well with this piece selling, I will gladly have a few more to send you for appraisal and sale (not Murano but with signatures).

Delia Mar 03, 23:34 UTC

Wonderful. We look forward to helping however we can. Have a great weekend.

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