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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Murano and Empoli glass 

I can bet if you like vintage as i do , that you did at least seen one of these most beautiful glass vase , bottle , paperweights and more . Here is some nice infos about those . I did find almost all of it on internet and add small comments from me . There is a big list of really nice sites on this . Every time i list a new on on my shop i use those to make sure i am on the right track ! 

So here we go ! 

This is a great example of the work of Empoli glass ..

 Italian Empoli Glass:
When most people think of Italian glass, they think of the many manufacturers based on the Venetian island of Murano. But there is another area of Italy with a long history of glass production - the town of Empoli, in the Tuscany region, near Florence.

There is evidence of glassware being produced in Empoli as far back as the thirteenth century. There are two main types of Empoli glass - "Verde" and "Cased". Verde (Italian for green) glass takes its name from the traditional green color of Empoli glass, which was a result of the content of local sand used for glass production. Empoli manufacturers that produced Verde glassware include: Vetrerie E. Taddei & C., Vetreria Etrusca, Vetreria Toso Bagnoli, CLAVE, and Vetrerie Empolesi.

Later, cased glass became popular in Empoli, which consists of brightly colored glass cased in a layer of clear glass, sometimes also having an internal layer of opaque white "Lattimo" glass. Some Empoli producers of cased glass are: STELVIA, Cristalleria Fratelli Betti, Cristalleria Arno, CIVE, and SAVIA.

There was, and still are, a large amount of manufacturers in the Empoli area involved in glass production, and it can often be difficult to identify designs by a particular maker, as any labels usually bore the name of importers, or simply read "Made in Italy". Companies that imported glass from Empoli include: Alrose, Rossini, Guildcraft, Vimax, Enesco and George Hardy.

The cased glass is made in multiple layers like the orange one above .. If you look at it closely you will see the " clear " , the one with colors and the cased one inside in this case orange .. let me show you .. 

As you can see there is the cased orange glass inside , the one with the colors is blown glass and the clear is easy to see on the base .. That is what they call cased glass .. there's been some repros along the years but its very hard to come close of this quality .. 

Here is another one : 

Same here but the inside glass is white .. 

When we talk about Empoli we have to talk about " green " glass .. Empoli is well knowed for those wonderful green color glass of many kind .. Again let me show you an example : 

This is really nice hey ? 

Here is some great links of where i took my infos :

Next time ill do a page on the differences from Murano and Lorraine Chalet .. you'll see there is not much difference between the both ! 

I wish you a wonderful week ! 


  1. Absolutely gorgeous glassware! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful glassware!

  3. Great information. I sure learned a lot!

  4. Had to come back for another look. What beautiful glass.

  5. Very nice! I enjoyed your write up, and the pictures!!!!