ON HOLD FOR WES! Our prices are in AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS- AU$265– (about $199 AMERICAN). Posted from North BRISBANE at cost price plus $3 for packing materials and boxing. We regularly visit an electrical store and take away their used packing material before it ends up as landfill. This listing also appears for people wishing to sell a piece of this calibre through iNVISeDGE. (13% commission fee for regular sellers of decorative arts pieces.) Use the links below.


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Our prices are in AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS- AU$265 (about $199 AMERICAN). Posted from North BRISBANE at cost price plus $3 for packing materials and boxing.

Background Info and Provenance

An Alfredo Barbini bird beautifully signed to the base, “A. Barbini”. I’ve had a couple of Barbini’s pieces over the years and lusted over many others online- the signature on this one is certainly authentic but this is also a documented Barbini design. He’s executed it to perfection. The simplicity here is breath-taking … the stylish flowing shape and “bleeding” of colours create a magic that many artists are trying to achieve but so few can pull off. Barbini was a master at his trade and a piece like this shows us why. Is it complicated? Not really- though make no mistake, creating something like this BY HAND takes many years of practice! Has he nailed the “flow” he set out to create? Of course! The way the light shimmers through this piece and the stylish shape is simply magical.

Alfredo Barbini worked on the island of Murano in Italy all his life and was one of the most influential glass artists of the 20th century- I’ve seen some of his pieces online for over $10,000. Barbini became a Master Glassblower in 1929 and continued practicing up until his death in 2012. His use of the Sommerso technique was taken to new levels in the 1950’s and 60’s- he used this technique with stylized shapes (sometimes depicting creatures such as birds and fish). Most of his pieces display a sense of simplicity yet communicate an essence that’s hard to define. Many just jump off the computer screen when you stumble across them. (I had to include a screenshot of one of his bowls in this listing- many artists have made bowls but this thing is simply divine- it’s as close to perfection an artist can get! Alfredo Barbini died in 2012 leaving a legacy of work behind that has found adulation with collectors the world over.

There is something very special about handling HAND-MADE art glass created by one of the masters and a deep satisfaction from knowing the piece has been made to endure longer than a season or the next trend. As you get to enjoy your piece over time, or sell it to a new appreciating owner or pass onto your children, there’s an unwavering satisfaction you get. Perhaps it’s from passing on the stories the piece accumulates over generations, perhaps it’s from knowing that investing in items that endure is the best way you can reduce landfill, perhaps it’s just from knowing it was a wise financial investment you made all those years ago. Some homewares end up as landfill within a matter of years; others only become more prized as time goes on.


This vintage piece is in excellent condition for its age with no noticeable damage to report. NO cracks, NO chips, NO repairs. There are also no noticeable signs of use- it has been looked after extremely well. This item has a height of about 13.5cm at the tail and about 21.5cm across at the longest point. Weight- 861 grams. It’s a substantial piece. Read my 1200+ ebay feedback comments starting back in 2003 on (ALL for vintage design SALES). This is your guarantee that I strive to describe all my items as accurately as I can and I will not stock items unless they are in excellent condition.
PICK-UP . . . from 30 or 40 minutes North of BRISBANE city is accepted but postage is preferred as my home is hard to find. Because of this I will nominate a friend or family member for you to collect the item from if you need collection. Pick-up in person must be worked out prior to purchase- thank you. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ POSTAGE is offered internationally. All our Decorative Arts pieces are delivered through AUSTRALIA POST. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ POSTAGE ESTIMATES. . . . ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ To BRISBANE- most of our pieces cost $15 - $18 to send. . . To SYDNEY or MELBOURNE- Small Vase- around $20 - $23, Medium Vase- around $20 - $25, Large Vase- around $24 - $30. Let us know if you need an EXACT COST for postage prior to purchase. The above postage estimates include $2.95 for a signature on delivery. . . INSURANCE against being lost or broken in transit up to the value of $200 is included in the estimates above. If your vase is cheaper or more expensive than $200 this will effect your postage fee slightly. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A BOXING FEE of $3.00 is included in the fee above to cover the cost of searching for and storing used packing materials. With the millions of cardboard boxes that end up as landfill every year we don’t believe in supporting the manufacture of boxes for post. Instead of buying new boxes and packing materials and passing this cost onto our customers we spend considerable time sourcing used boxes and then fashioning boxes to fit each item. We do the same for bubble-wrap and foam pieces. This requires a large investment of time, energy, ingenuity, organization and storage space- it is much easier and cheaper to buy new packing materials but I can’t justify taking the easy way out when so much packing material ends up polluting our earth. Our $3.00 charge does little to pay for the time (and storage) needed do this and to pack your item (there is also the time needed to get your package to the post office). This is something we’re happy to do for our customers and the environment. We appreciate your support in this area.
We accept DIRECT BANK DEPOSIT. We send photographic ID of the store owner (Michael Grealy) to all customers at the point of sale, along with media articles about iNVISeDGE with photos of Michael Grealy in them (most of these articles are about 10 years old). Your payment will be paid into an Australian ANZ bank account under the name Michael Grealy (or iNVISeDGE). Please read our ebay feedback spanning more than 15 years for irrefutable proof of our online trading history and reputation. Ebay feedback can ONLY be left by LEGITIMATE PAYING customers! Additionally please be aware that in Australia ALL consumers are protected BY LAW if the goods or services they buy are not as described. (But this should be of no concern- in our first 15 years of trading we have over 1150 positive ebay feedback comments and ZERO negative feedback comments.) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ On occasions a DIRECT BANK DEPOSIT can be made at the time of collection. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ On occasions CASH payment when you collect your item may also be available. Confirm prior to purchase if you need this. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Other payment methods are available but problematic and may incur additional fees. Tell us prior to purchase if you are unable to feel 100% confident with our trading history and payment methods so we can negotiate something else with you.
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