Saturday, February 12, 2011

Featured Item: Arte Murano ICET Venezuela Glass Fish

In the 13th century,Venetian glassworkers were isolated on the island of Murano to protect Venice from the theft of the secret of making crystal-clear glass. It was the clarity of Venetian glass plus its ability to be blown into any shape that made the secret so highly prized.

Light green glass ~ manufacturer's label ~ No cracks or chips. Measures 5-1/2" tall x 5" long

$29.99       Purchase from my store

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Glossary ~

Usually white or light gray in color, porcelain is the highest quality of ceramic ware there is. Composed of clay, feldspar and flint, it is very durable despite the fact that it can appear quite delicate, and is fired at a very high temperature

Bone China
Bone china is a type of porcelain made from clay mixed with bone ash and is characterized by its strength, translucency and warm white color. It fires at a lower temperature than true porcelain.

Also known as kaolin, is a white soft clay derived from the decomposition of granite. China clay stands up to high temperatures in the kiln.

Made by shaping and then firing clay, a nonmetallic mineral, at a high temperature in which it produces a hard, brittle, heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant product.

Back Stamps ~

Limited edition (LE): A decorative collectible may be limited by a specific, announced number (such as 5,000 or 10,000) or by time period. Limited edition items typically show two sets of numbers, usually on the base of the item. The higher number indicates the total number produced while the lower number indicates which one you have. Limited editions often come with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA).

Firing limit: Companies such as Avon, Bing & Grondahl, Bradford Exchange, Franklin Mint, Danbury Mint, Hamilton Collection, Knowles, and Royal Copenhagen and others can choose to set a firing limit, meaning that they only make an item during a specified number of firing days. A series of items with a lower firing limit typically has fewer items produced, which often makes the item more desirable to collectors.

Annual edition: are produced for one year.

Open edition: are not limited and could still be in production

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