Item Description
This is a beautiful set, completely hand blown, Italian
method made in MARANO ITALY, GLASS DECORATIVE SET OF 6 WHITE WINE
and 6 RED WINE STEMWARE. These glasses were bought in Murano Italy
by my aunt and uncle while traveling there. These pieces are
pre-owned and never used with no chips, scratches, damage or
repairs and remains in xlt. condition. This beautiful set is clear
glass with a thin chocolate swirl and is approximately 8
1/4 inches high red wine glasses, and 8 inches high white wine
glasses. The retail cost was $116.00 each piece- totaling $1,380.00
but we are asking for a fraction of that. 
Some information about Murano glass is
mentioned below. Shipping and handling is $45.00 U.S, $75.00
Canada, OVERSEAS- OUTSIDE OF CANADA PLEASE EMAIL FOR S/H QUOTE AS
IT COULD BE MORE. Insurance is included in the cost of shipping. WE
WILL COMBINE ORDERS TO SAVE YOU COSTS FOR S/H. Email us if you have
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In English-speaking countries, glass artisans are often
performer-pitchmen at craft shows and festivals, where they blow
glass baubles for a few dollars or pounds each. But there was a
time when the trade of glassblowing--indeed, glassmaking in
general--was an elite pursuit dominated by craftsmen in the
Venetian Republic, most notably on the island of Murano in the
Venetian Lagoon. "Supplying quality glass products since 1291"
Murano was a commercial port as far back as the 7th Century, and by
the 10th Century it had grown into a prosperous trading center with
its own coins, police force, and commercial aristocracy. Then, in
1291, the Venetian Republic ordered glassmakers to move their
foundries to Murano because the glassworks represented a fire
danger in Venice, whose buildings were mostly wooden at the time.
It wasn't long until Murano's glassmakers were the leading citizens
on the island. Artisans were granted the right to wear swords and
enjoyed immunity from prosecution by the notoriously high-handed
Venetian state. By the late 14th Century, the daughters of
glassmakers were allowed to marry into Venice's blue-blooded
families. (This was roughly equivalent to Archie Bunker's daughter
being invited to wed a Cabot or a Peabody.) Such pampered treatment
had one catch: Glassmakers weren't allowed to leave the Republic.
If a craftsman got a hankering to set up shop beyond the Lagoon, he
risked being assassinated or having his hands cut off by the secret
police--although, in practice, most defectors weren't treated so
harshly. What made Murano's glassmakers so special? For one thing,
they were the only people in Europe who knew how to make glass
mirrors. They also developed or refined technologies such as
crystalline glass, enameled glass (smalto), glass with threads of
gold (aventurine), multicolored glass (millefiori), milk glass
(lattimo), and imitation gemstones made of glass. Their virtual
monopoly on quality glass lasted for centuries, until glassmakers
in Northern and Central Europe introduced new techniques and
fashions around the same time that colonists were emigrating to the
New World. Commerce, art, and kitsch Murano is still an exporter of
traditional products like mirrors and glassware, and its factories
produce modern items such as faucet handles, glass lampshades, and
electric chandeliers. At the retail level, there's a growing
emphasis on art glass and--most important of all--the souvenir
trade. Visit the ubiquitous glass shops on Murano or in Venice, and
you'll find countless paperweights, glass beads and necklaces,
knickknacks, and items of glass jewelry. Some are amusing: e.g.,
colored fish in transparent glass aquariums, or wrapped hard
candies of multicolored glass. Others are pretty--glass necklaces
and beads, for example. Still others are "hideous," in the words of
Jan Morris, who adds: "The Venetians still profess to find Murano
glass lovely, but sophisticates in the industry, if you manage to
crack their shell of salesmanship, will admit that bilious yellow
is not their favorite color, and agree that one or two of the
chandeliers might with advantage be a little more chaste." To be
fair, Murano's artisans do produce beautiful works of contemporary
art from glass, although some of the designs are by foreign
artists. Visit the better galleries and showrooms on Murano, and
you'll find works that are technically and aesthetically stunning.
Also, don't miss the island's glass museums and leading
churches.