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How to buy Murano’s glass in Venice avoiding scams

The art of the glass of Murano is famous all over the world and it is subject to numerous frauds and imitations, often you’ll find these fakes in shops, art galleries, all over Venice, and in websites.

Causing an important damage to the real “Muranesi” artistic productions and to the buyers that believe to purchase a unique product with a great value while they are buying a common glass industrially produced often at low costs in countries of the East-Europe or in China.

How to recognize an original glass of Murano?

Before purchasing an object sold as a glass of Murano pay attention to these 6 points:


1) THE GLASS OF MURANO, EVERY PEACE IS UNIQUE!

The works of art realized in Murano are unique pieces, handmade and not industrially produced.

An eye not trained to the art and the beauty is not able to recognize a work realized with the mastery of years of history.

Stop for a moment and look at the colors, their vivacity, there are few transparent glasses, usually, the glass of Murano is colored with vibrant colors.

The form of the work has in its imperfections the uniqueness of the mastery and the hands of the artisan that has realized it, observe if the piece is made off an assembly line, compare it with its similar and try to recognize if it is done in a factory.
2) WATCH OUT FOR THE SALE PRICE!

The glass of Murano it is not for all the budgets. Considering to purchase based only on the budget can bring you in dangerous situations.

The glass Murano is a luxury. The characteristics of the glass are based on the quality of its decorums: gold leaf, leaf silver, platinum, alexandrite, etc.

Such materials have a well precise cost and they must be managed with particular techniques.

If an object has a very low price in comparison to others, it is probably realized with fake materials.

In the majority of the cases if the prices are low they are imitations.

Only a book of gold leaf costs to the manufacturer around € 40!

3) ASK FOR THE CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN!

Require a certificate of guarantee and the certification that the object is realized at Murano and in accord with the techniques of workmanship Muranesi.

The consortium Promovetro has created the only official mark, legally recognized, released by the region Veneto that certifies the origin of it.

The mark brings the univocal code of the object.

Attention, however, because many producers don’t participate in the consortium, but they prefer to certify in autonomy they own works releasing a proper document of authenticity.

In fact, many producers and artists of Murano don’t participate in the consortium of the region for various reasons and a lot of works realized before the appearance of the consortium don’t bring the official mark.

The producer of the product usually provides a personal certificate that describes the origin and the important information to guarantee its validity.

But PAY ATTENTION to the fake certified!

4) CHECK IF THE ARTWORK IS SIGNED BY THE ARTIST!

Before purchasing verify if on the glass there is the signature of the artist that has realized it, often, but not always, the works are signed from the master with an incision in the glass.

Nevertheless, this doesn’t protect you from the frauds because a work could falsely be signed.

If there isn’t the signature ask the reason to the seller. You know, a signed piece of art worth a lot more of one not signed, for future sales and recognition.

For signed works always ask information about the master so to be able to quickly verify his existence and compare the other works of the same artist.

Attention: usually the glasses, the jugs, the mirrors and the chandeliers are not signed.

5) WATCH OUT FOR THE TECHNIQUES USED FOR REALIZING THE PRODUCT!

Another way to know how to buy an object realized at Murano, it is to ask the seller for specifications on the techniques used for the realization.

A good seller knows the details and will know how to describe with care the modalities with which work is realized.

The main techniques are:
Avventurina, Balotton, Bullicante, Cased Glass, Fenicio, Filigrana, zanfirico, Reticello, Millefiori, foglia d’oro, vetro molato a feddro, tecnica del gelo, Incalmo, Iridescence, Macette – Pulegoso, Rigadin, Sommerso, other.
More information here.

6) CHECK THE ONLINE FEEDBACKS!
Last but not least, looks for online feedbacks on the seller and on the work that you are buying, on the master and on the techniques.

Online you can find feedback and reviews from whom have already purchased.
Consult the information on the master-artist, searching through his name and see the images of the works realized by him.

Also look for information on the techniques and materials used, compare them with the object that you are buying.

For the most expensive objects, take the necessary time to make the opportune verifications.

For the most expensive works verify the contacts of the seller, of the artist and of the producer through the internet.