So, reading over the 4 ways to identify true Murano glass, specifically the part regarding a pontil mark, it would seem to me the bottoms of these glass pieces would need to be solid. Otherwise, the pontil scar could simply be done away with, at least in the case of sculptural or figurine works. (Please forgive me to if I’m making an uninformed blunder here, as I am quite new to Murano glass and its techniques.).
My reason for asking is a “Murano” penguin (???, Yes, we’ll go with penguin). He is an opaque hunter green with a series of grassy green stripes running his head and back. He stands just shy of 20 cm and is about 15 cm at his widest. I have found no evidence of a signature. He does have a couple of surface defects (I lack the terminology to define them further, but included photos) and shows bubbles throughout, so he is hand-blown at least. He bears no pontil scar on his base though, as he has a hole in the center of it. I have seen one example of a cat with similar striping on another site but there was no photo of its base for comparison. Could my penguin be *legitimately* said to be Murano? Please follow the links to see him for yourselves. Thank you for your time.