Saturday, July 19, 2014

Big in Venice and Montreal

Although this monumental vase, at 40 inches tall, has only a store label on it, Birks of Montreal, It's clearly a Murano piece from the 1960s and my attribution is Barbini, as it looks very much like his work.
 Birks is a fine jewelry and gift store, remember when jewelry stores sold fine glass and china as well as jewelry?
 In 1879 Henry Birks opened a small jewellery shop in the heart of Montreal's financial and commercial district.  The Birks store moved to new premises on Phillips Square in 1894, where the company still maintains a store.

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