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Restoration of two Gigi Radice arm chairs, a loop in time

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Original upholstery? No original upholsterer!

Patterns

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Murano stock for sale, a piece of history and plenty of heart. Alfredo Rossi.

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I am friends with Sergio Rossi and his family. I don’t know…

Alberto Donà and the Donà family

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I met Alberto and his wife Loredana last time I was in Murano.…

Scherzo by Sergio Rossi

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I found these vases... and they took me straight back to the 80's. It was the time when Sergio and I went on a business trip in the US. We admired the European twenties at an art and craft museum, probably RISD.

Napoleone on a shelf

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I was reading about a Christie's auction where one of the four known Martinuzzi 10 anse vase known was sold for $233,000. This happened in 2014. There are a few more on the internet. I believe Venini did a new issue in the 50s.

Fulvio Bianconi and I Grotteschi

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I grotteschi is a group that is hard to find. There are more around of the Commedia dell'arte collection and the Tiepolo collection from Fulvio Bianconi. The two I found are part of a larger group; the owner said it included some larger pieces.

Where's Wally?

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One of the great things about my job is when I make an exciting find in an odd place. I had been here so many times, to inspect products for my customer Oggetti from Miami.

My rating system

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This is the rating system I use to simplify the description of a mid-century piece. It is a system designed for glass but it can also be applied to other media, with the exception that in glass, the piece can rarely be restored or upholstered.