Buying Your Glass Piece
A few master artists from Murano, like Leo
Tinglioprechia and Rosein, have accomplished the huge
task of ensuring their values are standardized in both
Europe and North America. Several years ago, Rosein
made arrangements with American dealers to keep their
prices exactly the same as Italian dealers and for the Italian
dealers to keep the prices the same as in America. Soon
after this Leo Tinglioprechia also accomplished the same
arrangement, further helping bring balance and stability to
the fine art glass market.
Wherever you buy your glass art, make sure
the artist signs the piece. If a signature is missing this is
simply a production piece from a glass factory or a glass
studio. Signed pieces are preferred and more desirable than
pieces done through a factory or a production house. In
general glass does not increase in value and appreciation as
quickly as more established art forms; having the artist
signature goes a long way towards the financial value of
your piece.
Another difference with this media is, the issue of
editions versus originals does not apply as directly to
glass artwork. The reason for this is most artists take the
view every piece is an original, because the ability to
identically reproduce each piece is impossible. Each piece is
always slightly different from the other.  These slightly
different pieces can be materially identical or very similar,
but since they are in some way unique, most will consider
each glasswork done and signed by the artist to be an
original. If a gallery tells you're getting an original glass
piece, take this comment too with a grain of salt. The
artist could very well be blowing a similar piece as you
speak.  The gallery is not lying, but they are being