Why Is Murano Glass So Special (and Expensive)? Experts Give Us 8 Reasons

John Singer Sargent, Venetian Glassworkers (ca. 1880–82). Courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The Getty shop justifies a colorful goblet’s $45 price tag by noting that it hails from the Venetian island of Murano, “famous for its highly prized, collectible glass.” Walmart writes that a $57.95 plum figurine embodies Murano’s “richness of color, originality, and unparalleled craftsmanship.”

Stunning yet pricey, Murano glass is frequently hawked this way: as the epitome of style and quality. But what, exactly, makes it so special? And how did it become an international brand name with such strong resonance in the United States?

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@peepso_user_75(Kate Hendrickson)
I have seen a fair amount of Venetian glass in my career as an art dealer. There is certainly a difference in the esoteric pieces from the kitchy touristy stuff. What sets certain pieces apart it the purely artistic expression. I wish they has show more of the esoteric pieces.
11 months ago