Reptiles & Amphibians

Alfredo Barbini for VAMSA Alligator Bowl
This wonderful alligator bowl was designed by Barbini for VAMSA in 1938. It is featured in Marina Barovier's Animal in Glass: A Murano Bestiary. The bowl is 10" (25 cm) wide. Photos are courtesy of Michael Stevens. so-cal*vintage on eBay

Fratelli Toso Snake Paperweight
This 3" weight has a green glass snake lying on a bed of muslin. This weight doesn't have a label, but many of this type do. Some of these weights are made better than others, so be picky when buying them. This one is one of the nicer ones. There are Chinese weights that are similar.

Fratelli Toso Snake Paperweight
This snake is on a swirled white glass bed. I have shown it from the side because the snake looks like roadkill from above -- not one of F'lli Toso's better weights. It is 3.1" wide.

Pino Signoretto Turtle
Pino Signoretto made some masterful turtles. It is an honor to have one of them in the zoo. The owner told me that in 2004 Pino's assistant said he began to use these colors around 1999. The turtle is 11.5" (29 cm) long and weighs over 8 lbs (3.6 kg). Photos are courtesy of Niki Maas.

Salviati Turtle
This blue turtle was made by Salviati. It has a Salviati label from the 1960s on bottom. Photo is courtesy of Irani C. Adusumalli.
Sandro Frattin Frog Prince
This regal frog prince is a limited edition by Sandro Frattin. It is signed and numbers on bottom. Photos are courtesy of Irani C. Adusumalli.

Salviati attributed Solifleur Snake Vase

These 19th Century vases have been tentatively attributed to Salviati.  It is rare to find these old delicate shapes in such good condition. The vases are 6" (15 cm) tall. The photo of the vase with the green base is courtesy of Dirk Dreps.
Dragon & Dolphin Fish Vessel attributed to Artisti Barovier for Salviati, c 1900

The owner puchased this 11.5" vessel in the early 1980s. He was told is was from Salviati, but the dragon was by Barovier. Works of this type were marketed by Barovier, Salviati, and Fratelli Toso. The companies worked together during this period (late 19th-early 20th Century), so pieces produced are very similar. Photo is courtesy of Jerry Schultrich.

Salviati Dragon Cup

This teacup would be a delight to drink from.

Archimede Seguso Frog

This cobalt blue frog is signed A. Seguso Murano on bottom. It is 4.5" (11.4 cm) tall. Photo is courtesy of Dan Farrell.