Murano Sommerso art glass table lighter. The metal lighter part does not appear to ever have been used. It is all there but does not spark, I collect glass so never fooled with it. Size is sort of short and squat. 2.9 inches across, about 2.5 inches tall. Coloring on this is uranium amber fade to aqua. Condition on the glass is really excellent. No chips dings or cracks. The one issue it has is the metal inset has what looks like some corrosion on it and that can be seen through the glass. Now I have thought I could probably pop that out and maybe polish it up. That goes against my "don't touch it philosophy but that's up to you.
Sommerso (lit. "submerged" in Italian), or "sunken glasses", is a form of artistic Murano glass that has layers of contrasting colors (typically two), which are formed by dipping a gather of colored glass into another molten glass and then blowing the gather into the desired shape; the outermost layer, or casing, is often clear. Sommerso was developed in Murano during the late thirties and was made popular by Seguso d'Arte & Mandruzzato family in the fifties. This process is a popular technique for vases, and is sometimes used for sculptures.
I do have a lot of Murano lighters I have collected over the years I will be selling this summer. .......I have been
collecting Art Glass for about 20 years. I used to live next to a large
flea market and a couple big antique malls. So I would pick things up
whenever I saw something that fit the collection or I thought was a good
deal. I sold about 50 paperweights last summer and I am getting pushed
to sell the rest as I am relocating. Please check out my ebay store as I
will be putting things up all summer. Thanks