Mammals Horse Family

Cenedese Donkey
This sweet donkey was made by Cenedese. It is 5.5" (14 cm) tall and 5" (12.7 cm) long. The donkey is made from neodymium glass and glows lavender under fluorescent light. Photos are courtesy of Jason Hamilton.

Pino Signoretto Horses
Pino Signoretto made magnificent horses, among other things (see 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" (26.7 cm) 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.
Archimede Seguso Horse
This 7" horse head on the leftis mounted on a black crystal base. It is signed Archimede Seguso Murano on bottom. The horse has a label that was used in the 1970s. The horse head on the right is a similar design made for Cartier. This chess head design was used in 1969 on one of the Cherry Ardo bottles they made for Luxardo. The design was revived for these c. 1980 sculptures. Photo of the horse on the left is courtesy of Michael Stevens. so-cal*vintage on eBay
These horse heads were also made by Archimede Seguso. The black horse was made for Cartier. It is 6.75" (17 cm) tall and signed Cartier on bottom. The bianco nero horse has an A Seguso label and is 6.5" (16.5 cm) tall.

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 Donkeys
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.
Cenedese Horse 
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
This horse was made by Archimede Seguso as part of their bianco nero fantasy line. It is a big horse -- 6.1" (15.5 cm) tall and 6.3" (16 cm) long. It weighs in at 0.5 kg! Photo is courtesy of Kirsin Maaß.

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.

Oscar Zanetti Horse
This handsome horse head has a Zanetti label on its neck. It is signed "Zanetti Oscar" on bottom. The sculpture is 6" (15 cm) tall. Photo is courtesy of Irani C Adusumalli.

Mario Romano Horse for Zecchin-Martinuzzi
A classic stylized horse like this one is shown in Marina Barovier's Animals in Glass: a Murano Bestiary. It was designed by Mario Romano in 1933 for Zecchin-Martinuzzi. It is 6.3" (16 cm) long and 6.3" tall. The horse is solid lattimo aurato. The design does not have ears.