Murano Millefiori Square Paperweight - Medium
Glass Of Venice
Item # : PM_SQR6_1
This gorgeous Murano square paperweight is showcasing the most popular Murano glass technique - Millefiori (translated from Italian as a thousand flowers). Murano masters use this ancient glassmaking method with great precision, creating ever-more-complex designs and shapes, which earn them worldwide fame. This very complicated technique is based on combining lots of tiny glass mosaic pieces and manipulating them by hand and in the furnace. This results in pieces that are unique, colorful, and mesmerizing.
This fine square featuring lots of colors and intricate shapes on each little Millefiori piece was crafted entirely by hand in a family workshop on Murano island, which has been specializing in Millefiori for decades. This beautiful and timeless Murano glass sculpture will be an instant conversation piece in your home or office and can be used as a decorative display piece or as a functional paperweight. It makes an amazing gift to a special person in your life, who will no doubt appreciate its artistry and fine craftsmanship, and treasure the special bond with Venice.
- This paperweight measures 2-3/8 by 2-3/8 inches and is about 7/8 inch thick.
- The rectangle paperweight is created by a master from a well-known Murano glass-making family using only traditional techniques and tools. It comes with the certificate of authenticity.
- Because of the features of Millefiori Murano Glass technique, each paperweight is unique, and while it will always be in the color pattern and shape shown, there will inevitably be variations in the patterns of each individual piece, which is what makes authentic Murano Glass so popular and sought-after.
by David W
It’s beautiful and I can’t wait to give it to my wife on Valentine’s Day.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
by Susan B
I purchased this previously in a different color combo and loved it so much that I bought this one. Love it!
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
by Kimberly T
It is smaller than I thought, but very well made and the color is very vibrant.
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]
by Linda S
I was in Venice just 3 weeks ago. My friend and I had last been there 50 (fifty) years ago, after
college. We had both bought some beautiful things on Murano. But this time, we were warned
that the majority of the glass sold on Murano is fake - from China. I had intended to buy a piece
of Murano glass for friends of mine who are getting married soon. I bought nothing.
When I got home, it occurred to me that maybe I could find some real Murano glass on the
Internet. That was when I found your web site - and I could not find any negative comments
about your company. I ordered the beautiful millefiori paperweight. When it came, I took it
to an art exhibit opening at the Dante Alighieri Society, the cultural arm of the Italian consulate
here in Miami. I hoped that an Italian artist I know would be there, and he was. I showed him
the paperweight (pretending I had bought it in Murano) and he immediately said that it is real.
He said that there is no way that the Chinese can duplicate that millefiori technique. I also told
him I had paid about 60 euros for it, and he said that was a very good price.
The bottom line is that if I ever want to buy any more Murano glass, I am going to buy it from you!
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
The technique of fusing together small colored fragments of glass dates all the way back to Ancient Egypt and Rome. After the fall of Rome, having been lost for centuries, this intricate technique was reinvented by Murano glass masters in the 15th century, and given new life and worldwide fame. While this technique is called "Murrine" on Murano island, outside of Venice it was dubbed "Millefiori", or "a thousand flowers" for its resemblance to a blossoming meadow.
A Millefiori design starts with the rods of different colors, each made by stretching a blob of glass into a cane. These canes are then cut into small segments, and the segments are carefully arranged by hand into a pattern that fits within a desired shape. Finally, the resulting arrangement is put into a special furnace where the tiny glass pieces are carefully fused together in high heat, and then gradually cooled off. This is how Murano masters create their famous Millefiori pendants, earrings, cufflinks, pill boxes, paperweights and many other beautiful and unique Millefiori jewelry pieces that are instantly recognized and valued for their artistic appeal and fine craftsmanship. Enjoy your Murano Glass jewelry creation, knowing that it was carefully handmade by talented Murano Glass artisans in Venice, Italy.