These are molded canes!
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Posted by: Beadman Post Reply
02/13/2018, 14:55:02

A few Chinese canes that can be interpreted as "floral" were composed from parts, and are therefore composited. However, most conventional (obvious) flower canes were molded in the Venetian style.

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).


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