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) In the order presented, photos are courtesy of Dave Bending, Dan Farrell, Ralph and Sue Jones, Peter Coluccio and Terry Gourley.
These owls were designed for Cenedese in the 1960s. They are 6"-6.25" (15.2-15.9 cm) tall and very heavy -- 7-8 lbs (3.2-3.6 kg). The bird on the right has a Cenedese label. Photo of the bird on the left is courtesy of Michael Stevens. so-cal*vintage on eBay Photo of the bird on the right is courtesy of Thomas Wilson
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 rich blue 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. The duck on the left is 10.6" (27 cm) long. The one on the right is 10.2" (26 cm) long. Each one of them weighs 3 lbs (1.4 kg). Photos are courtesy of Ross McKenzie.
These doves are similar to the above design, but are signed "Gino Cenedese Murano." The bird on the left is 7.5" (19 cm) long. The one of the right is 10.5" (27 cm) long. Photos are courtesy of Thomas Wilson (left) and Terry Gourley (right).
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 owl is similar to the one on the left in size, but is even larger. It is 6.75" (17.1 cm) tall, 8" (20.3 cm) wide, and weighs 7.75 lbs (3.5 kg). Its owner said it has to be seen in 3-D to be appreciated. It looks different from each angle. It has so much uranium it glows in daylight. The face has good definition, but was difficult to photograph. Photo is courtesy of Thomas Wilson.
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. Photos are courtesy of B. W. McEvers (top) and Ralph and Sue Jones (two on bottom).
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