Pino Signoretto made magnificent horses, among other things (see www.pinosignoretto.it). The black and clear examples above are 10" tall. Signoretto horses are well detailed. The black horse has the forelock back. The clear horse has the forelock forward. Pino Signoretto signs his glass using his entire name. Much of his glass is copied, or is similar to glass made by other Murano makers, so check for his signature. I have seen some forgeries of his signature, so check that it looks right. I've shown a picture of the signature that is on the clear horse.
Barovier & Toso Donkey
This blue opaline donkey took a long time to attribute. The donkey is about 8" tall if I remember correctly. Labels on this type of animal are the kind used 1971-84.
Archimede Seguso Clydesdale Horse
This 10.5" horse was made by Archimede Seguso c. 1937. Attribution is from a Los Angeles Modern auction held on June 3, 2007. This design is made with or without bubbles. The horse in the picture has pasta hooves and mane, but these details were transparent in the LA Modern horse. Thank you, antiquerose123 of Angela Bowey's Glass Message Board, for identifying the horse as a Clydesdale.
Archimede Seguso Horse
This 7" horse head is mounted on a black crystal base. It is signed Archimede Seguso Murano on bottom. The horse has a label that was used in the 1980s. Archimede Seguso loved animal designs and spent much time in his later glass years designing and making them. This chess head design was used in 1969 on one of the Cherry Ardo bottles they made for Luxardo. The design was revived for this c. 1980 sculpture. Photo is courtesy of Michael Stevens. so-cal*vintage on eBay
Archimede Seguso Donkey
Archimede Seguso must have had a wonderful sense of humor. This 7" donkey head is a testament to that. It is crystal clear on black glass. It is signed Archimede Seguso Murano on bottom. The bust was made probably c. 1980.
Cenedese made wome wonderful donkeys. The 5.5" tall donkey on the top was attributed based on finding a sample with a label. The 4.5" tall donkey on bottom has a Cenedese strip label. Both of the donkeys have disk "hooves" on the bottom of their legs, but see the horse below.
This horse is very much like the donkeys above, but has small ears. Notice there are no "hooves." The horse is 5 1/4" long and has a Cenedese strip label.
VA Barovier Horse
The 1930s horses are made in various poses and decor, with or without dark hooves. This horse was most likely made by Vetreria Artistica Barovier around 1933. Attribution is based on a catalog drawing of a similar Barovier horse that is shown on Rosella Junck's website.
Archimede Seguso Horse
Gambaro & Poggi Horse
These types of horses are very difficult to attribute if they do not have a label. They look much the same from company to company. These animals are not lampwork. They are formed very rapidly after the glass is taken from the furnace. The mane is crimped and the legs and tail are pulled from the glass. The tail is snipped, often leaving a blunt end. This horse is 7.5" tall and has a Gambaro & Poggi label. It has a cobalt sommerso core.
Mario Romano Horse for Zecchin-Martinuzzi
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