Mammals Aquatic

Elio Raffaeli Dolphin Sculpture
This marvelous sculpture was made by Elio Raffaeli, one of the most talented glass animal sculptors. It is signed on bottom. The sculpture is massive -- 10"x10"  (25.4x25.4 cm). The sculpture has good detail. One of the dolphins has its fin dipped into the wave. Photo is courtesy of Dave Bending.

Gambaro & Poggi Dolphin
This extraordinary dolphin is made with gold foil. It is 5.5" long and stamped "Gambaro & Poggi, Murano, Italy" on bottom.

AVeM Baleen Whale
This unusual whale has a Decora Import label. I have seen one of these that had a red AVeM label. The whale is decorated internally with a random scramble of canes and latticino (tutti frutti or end of day). It is immediately recognizable by the applied baleen mouth. The design is made with various colors and decorations. Photos are courtesy of Pam Townsend.

Bottaro Seal with Ball
 
Bottaro makes many pieces that look like the Vincenzo Nason pieces, both in form and technique. This Bottaro seal could easily be mistaken for the V. Nason seals that are shown to the right or below. It is not difficult to distinguish the work of the two, since Bottaro signs their things. Photos are courtesy of Chris Cooper. 
 
Vincenzo Nason Seal
This seal has a V Nason label. It is so similar to the Bottaro seal that it would be difficult to judge the difference if it didn't have a label and the Bottaro seal were not signed. Designs are not copyrighted or patented in Murano, so you can run across similarities very often. The seal is 4.5" (11.4 cm) tall and 5.5" (14 cm) long.

Vincenzo Nason Dolphin
 
The dolphins in the pictures are colored brown or gray dorsally and are clear on bottom. They are 6.5" (16.5 cm) long and 5" high (12.7 cm).  Each has a V Nason label on its side. Photos are courtesy of Chris Cooper. 

Cenedese Walrus
 
This massive animal is a strange mix of walrus and sea lion. It has tusks like a walrus, but ear flaps like a sea lion. It is big -- 13" (33 cm) long and 6" (15 cm) tall. The body is aquamarine with a cobalt wash in front. The neck and abdomen are ribbed. The walrus has a Cenedese label.


Seguso Vetri d'Arte Dolphin Sculpture
This fantastic and massive sculpture stands 27.5" (70 cm) tall. It is signed Seguso Vetri d'Arte on bottom. I love the way the dophins are captured in play. Photo is courtesy of Rick Audinot.

Licio Zanetti Dolphin
This clear glass dolphin is signed "Zanetti L" on the base of the head. The dolphin is 7.25" long and has wonderful optical effects. The back appears to be colored, but it is a reflection of the blue cloth the dolphin is set on.

Licio Zanetti Seal
This heavy clear glass seal is signed Zanetti L on bottom. The seal is 7" tall and was made in the 1960s.
 
Vincenzo Nason Seal with Ball
V. Nason made two types of seals -- one design with a ball and one without. This seal has a ball. It has a dorsal brown coloration. These seals were made in different colors. It is 5.25" (13.3 cm) tall and 6" (15 cm) long. Photo is courtesy of Antiquerose of Angela Bowey's Glass Message Board.

Archimede Seguso Sea Lion
This magnificent alabastro sea lion is 8.5" long. It has detailed ears and whiskers. The front part of the body has a gray tint. This design is also made in clear glass, but the alabastro is my favorite.

Seguso Gianni Whale
 
This whale is shaded gray dorsally. It is 5" (12.7 cm) long and 4" (10.2 cm) tall and has a Vetri Murano label with the number 35 for Seguso Gianni. Photos are courtesy of Chris Cooper. 

Rubelli Whale
 
This green and blue whale has a Rubelli label on bottom. The whale is 6 3/8" (16.2 cm) tall and 5 1/4" (13.3 cm) long. Photos are courtesy of Helen Gilbert. Catisfaction's Glass Gallery



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