Cenedese Swan or Heron
This bird has the body of a swan and the head of a heron, so I am not sure which bird it is supposed to be. It is about 4" tall and 2.75" long. One of the labels used for Cenedese glass is on place on the side. This design is also made with a scavo finish.
These swans are all by Cenedese. Notice the single groove wing impression in the swans on the top row that Cenedese often uses for their swans. The swans are 5"-7" tall (12.5-17.5 cm) Photo of the pink scavo swan is courtesy of Dave Bending. Photo of the green and amber swan is courtesy of Dan Farrell. Photo of the brown scavo swan is courtesy of Ralph and Sue Jones. Photo of the three swans on the bottom row is courtesy of Peter Coluccio.
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These ducks stand about 5" (13 cm) tall. Glass with the small sommerso inclusion are often called "bloodspot" or "heart" pieces. The ducks have Cenedese labels. Photo of the duck on the left is courtesy of J. Keir. Photo of the duck on the right is courtesy of Thomas Wilson.
Cenedese Cranes or Herons
These elegant birds are huge and heavy. the tallest one is 19.5" (50 cm). Both birds are the same design, but one has the head bowed backwards. The glass is crystal clear with a cobalt core that extends the length of the body. There is also a sommerso cobalt "blood spot" in the base.
These large doves are signed Cenedese Murano on bottom. I have seen birds of this design in different colors. Some are signed Fabio Tosi, who designed for Cenedese. The top duck is 10.6" (27 cm) long. The bottom one is 10.2" (26 cm) long. Each one of them weighs 3 lbs (1.4 kg). Photos are courtesy of Ross McKenzie.
This bird is an unusual one made by Cenedese in the 1960s. The bird is made of neodymium (alexandrite) glass with a bright blue streak. The bird is 9.5" (24 cm) long and 3" (8 cm) tall. The wings of the design are blunt, instead of rounded. Attribution was confirmed by Design & Arts of Germany, a company that handles Seguso and Cenedese glass. Photos are courtesy of J. Keir.
This uranium glass bird is engraved Cenedese on bottom. The bird is 5.2" (13.2 cm) long and 2.7" (6.8 cm) tall. Photos are courtesy of J. Keir.
This impressive sculpture is 17" (43.2 cm) tall and 14" (35.6 cm) long. It has a wingspan of 23" (58.4 cm). The gull is not marked. Attribution is from another gull of this design that had a label. The label was of the type used by Cenedese in the mid-1960s-early 1970s. The sculpture is very similar to those made by Alfredo Barbini. All of the Cenedese gulls I have seen are on this type of base. I have seen one of this design that was signed Alberto Tosi. Photos are courtesy of Ivan Espinosa.
This bird weighs about 4 kg (8.8 lbs). It is 17" (44 cm) tall. It has a blue filament running the length of the body and a matching "blood spot" in the base. Photo is courtesy of Jackie Keir.
These sommerso birds have Cenedese shield labels or are signed. They are about 3.5" (8.9 cm) tall and 3.25" (8.3 cm) wide. Photo of the bird on top is courtesy of B. W. McEvers. Photos of the two birds on bottom is courtesy of Ralph and Sue Jones.
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