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This is abundantly clear from Chinese paperweights—since they copy (ugly) Venetian paperweights.
The "sunburst" canes also copy a Venetian cane, closely related to ritorte (twisted filaments in clear glass), except that the layers are concentric in Venetian canes, and spiraled in Chinese canes. It is my belief (and I accept this could be all in my mind) that these canes are also floral, and represent chrysanthemum flowers (which have a long and significant symbolic history in China).