Birds by Barbini 1

Alfredo Barbini Pheasants
 
 
This bird design was made c. 1960 for Weil Ceramics & Glass. These pheasant pictured range in size from 7"-15.5" (17.8- 39.4 cm) long. Some (male?) have a curly tail, while others' are straight. Archimede Seguso and Salviati made similar birds. Birds of this Barbini design have clear glass crests that join to the bill and a clear glass circular disk that covers the face on both sides. Photo of the green pheasant is courtesy of Peter Coluccio. Photo of the white pheasants is courtesy of Thomas Wilson.

Alfredo Barbini Penguins
 
These penguins were made c 1960. They stand about 5" tall. Note the two ridges of the chest that distinguish this design from similar ones. There is a Barbini for Weil label on bottom of the turquoise and amber penguin (on left). The bills on these penguins are often broken, so they need to be checked before buying. Both of these penguins are missing their bills.
 
Alfredo Barbini Penguin
This penquin design is like that on the left, but the bill is a bit broader at the base and the chest ridges are lower and not as distinct. This bird is 5" tall. At least some of the penguins were made by Barbini for Weil, though I have seen other types of Murano stickers on them.
 
 Alfredo Barbini Ducks
  
These ducks stand 5.25-5.5" tall. They were made by Alfredo Barbini for Weil Ceramics & Glass, c 1960. The original labels are still on bottom of the duck on the top right. The ducks have two different forms of base. One is lobe form. The other is more like a rock with swirled ridges. Both designs are shown in the Weil catalog. Photo of the ducks on bottom is courtesy of Dan Farrell of the Fossilfly Murano Glass Board.
 
Alfredo Barbini Duck or Goose
 
 
These sommerso ducks or geese were made by Barbini for Weil Ceramics & Glass, c. 1960. The yellow and blue birds have the Barbini for Weil label on the breast. The red bird is 12 3/8" (31.4 cm) tall. The blue bird is about 6" (15.2 cm) tall. Note that the feet are not the same on the different birds. The designs are slightly different. Photos of the yellow /blue bird are courtesy of Ken Nicol. Photo of the red bird is courtesy of Dan Farrell. Photo of the blue bird is courtesy of Thomas Wilson.

Alfredo Barbini Birds on Branch
This lovely sculpture was made by Alfredo Barbini for Weil Ceramics & Glass, c. 1960. It is 16" (40.6 cm) tall and 12" (30.5 cm) wide. Barbini made sculptures of this design in a variety of colors. The cased lattimo ones are particularly nice. Photo is courtesy of Rick Audinot.
Alfredo Barbini Chicken
 
These chickens were made by Barbini for Weil Ceramics & Glass, c 1960. The dark pink one has a Barbini/Weil shield label on bottom. They are 3.5-3.75" (8.9-9.5 cm) tall.
 
Alfredo Barbini Duck for VAMSA
 
These ducks were designed by Barbini for VAMSA, 1938. They are made with a smoked effect (sfumato) and heavily cased. The ducks on the right are 6.5-7" tall (16.5-17.8 cm) Photo of the two ducks on the left is courtesy of Thomas Wilson. Photo of the duck on the right is courtesy of Jerry Schultrich.

Alfredo Barbini for VAMSA Ducks
These handsome sommerso sfumato ducks were designed by Barbini c. 1938. The larger of these ducks was shown on Bird page 2. Barbini designed several birds using this technique.  They are highly prized among collectors. Photo is courtesy of Jerry Schultrich.
  
Barbini for VAMSA Ducks
 
This magnificent sculpture was made by Alfredo Barbini for VAMSA c. 1938. The tallest duck is 9.25" tall and and has a wingspan of 11" Note the internal horizontal ribbing on the belly. Photos are courtesy of Jerry Schultrich. 
 
Alfredo Barbini Swan
 
 
These swans were made for Weil Ceramics & Glass c. 1960. They are made in different colors and sizes. The ones in the pictures are 4.5-6.5" (11.4-16.5 cm) tall. They are similar to ones made by Salviati (shown in Salviati section), but the Barbini swans have small bills, while the Salviati swans have larger ones. The crest of the Barbini swans sweep back over the head. Most of the swans have Alfredo Barbini for Weil labels on the breast and a strip form labels on bottom. Photo on the top left is courtesy of Jerry Schultrich. Photo on the top right and bottom left are courtesy of Thomas Wilson. Photo on the bottom is courtesy of Ken Nicol.
 
Alfredo Barbini for VAMSA Lapwing
This northern lapwing is 6 5/8" tall. The glass was made with gold foil and a smoky sfumato layer. The lapwing was made in 1938. Attribution is from Marino Barovier's Animals in Glass, A Murano Bestiary.
 
Alfredo Barbini Birds on Branch
This delightful figure was made by Barbini for Weil Ceramics & Glass, c. 1960. The figure is 7" (17.8 cm) tall and 10" (25.4 cm) wide. It has the Barbini for Weil strip label on bottom. Photo is courtesy of Thomas Wilson.

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