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L.H. Selman, Ltd. is very pleased to announce our Fall 2018, Glass Paperweight Auction, featuring 360 lots, antique and modern, as well as choice paperweight-related objects.

Initial Bidding commences Monday, October 15th at 9:00 am CST. Initial bidding ends on Monday, October 29th at 5pm CST by phone, and at 11:59pm CST by Internet. The auction is fully online, hosted on our AUCTION WEBSITE. A web friendly digital e-catalog can be viewed at E-CATALOG, while a printed copy of the catalog is for sale at PRINT-CATALOG. For those of you who have enjoyed watching spin videos of featured pieces, they can be accessed via our YouTube Channel. For highlights on some of the stunning antique and modern lots featured in this auction, click on AUCTION BLOG

If you see something to your liking, please do not fail to place an initial bid in order to ensure that you have a position in the competitive bidding that follows in the second half of the auction. Competitive bidding begins on Tuesday, October 30th.

We recommend that you give the catalog’s Conditions of Sale a careful examination for a full understanding of the protocols, and please note that we have adjusted the language on our condition statements. A key can be found in the Conditions of Sale on page 66 of the catalog. Please call the gallery with any questions about these changes or the auction format, and don’t forget, we’re always happy to send additional images, videos or condition reports upon request.

You can also make an appointment to see every lot in person at our gallery in Chicago, 410 S. Michigan Ave., suite 207.  We would love to see you all in person. (Try to spread it over a couple of days, though!)  If you prefer to place any or all bids by phone, or have any questions, just give us a call at 1-800-538-0766.

 

Sharing a few Eye-Catchers from Our 70th Outing

THE MORE YOU LOOK THE MORE YOU SEE – Sharing a few Eye-Catchers from Our 70th Outing

 WHAT?? YOU DIDN’T GET AN IN-PERSON PREVIEW OF AUCTION 70 AT CELEBRATE THE PAPERWEIGHT!!! (what WERE you thinking…?)

Anyway, just to play fair with the rest of you out there, we had to cajole and wrestle a number of weights from the grips of several festival attendees who were trying to convince us to let them buy them on the spot! But they’re all still here, safe and sound and all of you out there have an equal fighting chance for them. Can’t blame them for trying, though – some of these lots are a real steal! So please peruse this little blog and see if you agree with us on our excitement…

Speaking of Stealing, this Clichy Could Have Been in a 1960s Heist Movie with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn!

LOT 1. Rare antique Clichy spaced concentric millefiori on moss ground paperweight. Est. $16,000 – 20,000

DROP DEAD GORGEOUS. This is a luxuriant antique glasswork—with brilliantly colored canes basking on a stately carpet of rich, almost breathing green, (as those who saw it can attest). This paperweight is redolent of royalty, like a large emerald, studded with precious gems. Yes, it comes with a stand, but you have to pay for the security systems. Watch out for attractive couples who are really cat burglars…

From the Queen of the Adriatic to the Queen of Greece!

L0T 2. Extremely rare and historically important antique Pietro Bigaglia and Giovanni Franchini 1845 Queen of Greece Amalia of Oldenberg paperweight. Est. $16,000—20,000

This next offering actually does lay claim to royalty. When Queen Amalia, wife of the King of Greece, visited Venice in 1845, there was a scramble to impress her (…did you like that one?) and to the best of our knowledge she was given the weight that you see here. With its veritable explosion of shapes, colors and images the whole effervescent spirit of Venice is barely contained therein (Franchini pulled out all the stops with every cane) this creation all but bursts from its glass skin. Made to impress, and very successful…

The Year Queens Made Themselves Scarce!

LOT 3. Antique Baccarat 1848 blue carpet ground millefiori paperweight. Est. $16,000—20,000

Simply put, the blue carpet ground of this stately arrangement of stars, arrow heads shamrocks and the animal kingdom finished off with an elegant “B 1848”, is like little else. This is not quite a cobalt, navy or royal blue. It is a charming and reassuring blue—beautifully offsetting the elements embedded in its surface. A seriously stunning artwork. You would never guess revolution was in the air – and in the streets. Absolutely ask for extra pictures.

From Queens to Goddesses

LOT 4. Extremely rare baccarat Type I white bellflower paperweight. Est. $7,000—10,000

Hard to imagine anyone stealing from a goddess but there you have it. The goddess Venus had a mirror. A conniving thief stole it and it wound up shattering on the ground. The shards became bellflowers, which is why this plant is called “Venus’ Looking Glass Flower.” And we swear to goddess this is all true. And here you have a rare and beautifully shaped shard with no sharp edges. It does boast a beautifully balanced design and execution. The star-cut ground does hint nicely at the myth’s origins.

Okay, One More Reference to the Heavens!

LOT 6. Rare and excellent antique Bacchus concentric millefiori paperweight. Est. $10,000—15,000

Call us sensualists but this sumptuous, softly glowing beauty reminds us of a (very hard) pastel pillow or cushion – restful to the eye, and calling you perchance to dream, not unbefitting the theme of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine. It would look right at home in Caravaggio’s masterful portrait of him. With beautifully designed fluffy ruffles and a serene palette of blues, pinks and whites, we dare you not to feel yourself relax—making this weight a veritable bargain compared to all that blood pressure medicine you will otherwise have to shell out for someday.

And, Back to Royalty!

LOT 10. Rare and excellent antique Baccarat engraved branches and millefiori marquetry bronze goblet. $3,000-4,000

We’re telling you right now that if you have any pretensions to the throne, you better have one of these in your hand! It’s unusual to feel like bowing and curtseying to a drinking vessel, but this amazing goblet is awe-inspiring. The sensually curved glass settles perfectly into the ornate, finely detailed bronze support and base. You won’t believe the delineation on the glass leaves. Sorry, we only have this single goblet one to offer, but with such an engraved, millefiori-studded and gilded glass treasure filled with fine wine in your hand – who needs friends and guests? Let them eat cake. Please ask for close-ups.

This Has a Provenance that Can Only be Called Royal!

LOT 12. Very rare antique Saint Louis upright bouquet and amber torsade paperweight. Est. $6,000-8,000

Exceptionally heavy, this stout fellow sports a generous dome, within which is a lushly constructed bouquet protected by a strikingly designed white and amber interlaced torsade. The weight is stunning, with a small, perfect star-cutting to the base. And the unseen detail of this rarity lies in its history—its labels! The labels on the base chronicle its sales history from the historic Maurice Lindon 1957 Sotheby’s auction on through Spink & Son and the Cambridge Paperweight Circle. Ask for a picture of the base. Worth the price for the elegant torsade alone. No, the torsade doesn’t come separately…

Just a brief note to you, gentle reader; the most painful part of this overview is the difficulty in deciding on the relatively few weights we can cover, versus the embarrassment of riches here on the shelves which all deserve! But that’s Life!

When Glass Takes Vitamins

LOT 15. Rare antique 1848 spaced concentric millefiori and Gridel silhouette magnum paperweight. Est. $7,000-10,000

Honestly, this weight just looks sumptuous and healthy. With its red, white and blue signature date cane resting on a lush field of upset muslin amidst a generously spaced array of silhouettes and other designs casually filling an impressive magnum of glass, it can barely be contained in one hand. An exuberant example of a classic.

How Did Queen Cleopatra Die?

LOT18. Rare antique Baccarat green snake paperweight. Est. $4,000-5,000

Originally we thought it might have been by the poisonous bite of this asp. But then we looked closer and saw that it is not an asp. Neither is it poisonous. As a matter of fact it looks pretty darn friendly. Nice eyes. Playful and well-proportioned body in cheerful, mottled shades of green. This little guy actually has the spirit of a puppy that wants you to throw the ball! And like so many puppies, it needs a home! (Bet you didn’t see that coming.) And unlike a puppy, it will never bite you. Comes with a rocky ground at no extra charge.

My Kingdom for a Rose!

LOT 22. Antique Clichy close concentric millefiori and rose mushroom faceted paperweight. $3,000-5,000

A pentagram has long held mystical notation. The uppermost point is the spirit; the others represent earth, air, fire and water. It’s symbolic, a fitting holistic setting for a perfect rose in a small circular garden, a fine Clichy diamond set in a field of tiny precious stones. The gracefully concave facets invite the hand. Come to think of it, aren’t mushrooms also said to have mystical properties? Rest assured this mushroom will never get you in trouble…

Were YOU Ever a Wallflower? Oh, Get in Line!

LOT 38. Very rare antique Baccarat yellow and purple wallflower paperweight. $2,000-3,000

Maturity, beauty and rarity – what more could you want? This unusual wallflower with its subtly beautiful petals does indeed need a little room on your table or shelf; do not attempt to affix to a wall as the name implies. With its very well shaped and satisfying design (not to mention the delicate aventurine gloss on the leaves) several of you will likely be asking this glass to the dance…

Crazy & Calm!

LOT 42. Antique Clichy end-of-day scrambled millefiori and signature cane paperweight. Est. $1,200-1,600

This scramble, with all its bright little fireworks and pieces of everything but the Clichy kitchen sink that you’ve come to know and enjoy in these works is special in its internal harmony. The over all effect of this weight is one of balance and order, belying the fact that within is a wild playground for your eyes.  There’s a reason the word “paradox” exists…this is one such.

Operate Only From a Sitting Position

LOT 54. Antique Saint Louis upright bouquet and torsade paperweight. Est. $1,000-1,400

We’re only slightly exaggerating! Seriously, this Saint Louis has a wonderfully magnetic pull on the eye. Between the base of the bouquet and the flaring moat of a handsome blue and white torsade is an inviting drop down into Wonderland with Alice. With colorful flowers and millefiori buds, the bouquet lures you over and into a stronger than usual optical joyride that pulls you down the stem and fans out onto a small perfectly proportioned star-cut ground.

And Now on to Some Artists You May Actually have Spoken With!

LOT 78. Paul Stankard 2003 daisies and blueberries bouquet with honeybees and mask paperweight. Est. $2,500-3,500

All the deliciousness of life—supremely crafted, and presented as a lavish handful of nature at full throttle, and completed by a lovingly sculpted, very appealing human face breathing her/him self into existence, while encircled by a wreath of rich green moss. This glasswork is a paean to existence.

Watch Where You Step!

LOT 93. James Kontes Snake & Salamander faceted paperweight. Est. $3,500-4,000

Paperweights possess many qualities; however dramatic tension is not generally one of them. But here, in this offering from James Kontes we have what appears to be an evenly matched rivalry between a salamander and a snake. As they eyeball each other with heads in close proximity there is an air of possible conflict. The match is made more dramatic by the faceting which enhances and multiples their engagement. Or are they two pals who just stopped wrestling because mom called them to dinner? A delightfully designed pair.

Yes, We Know It Won’t Fit on Your Shelf!

LOT 120. Ken Rosenfeld’s “Spring’s Promise” flower bouquet cast glass sculpture. Est. $2,500-3,500

This cool, stately bouquet, forever fresh frozen—is quite the elegant addition to your collection. A crossover work, it is also a conversation starter. Elegantly slender with a quietly commanding presence. Ask for more photos. And position this on your table during the hot summer to get psychic relief…

Some People Think Art Should Challenge You; This is for Them!

LOT 121. Victor Trabucco 2000 “Salamander” magnum paperweight. Est. $2,500-3,000

Our mail carrier thought we were pulling his leg to say that this imposing creature was never alive. We also love excuses to trot out big words such as “Verisimilitude” which is so true of Victor’s work here that it could have been the title of this bad boy. You could put Lot 1 next to this and that would be all the security system you’d need. Be careful, this paperweight eats other weights for breakfast. Seriously, this is a stunning artwork.

A Playground for the Mind on a Summer’s Day!

LOT 128. Debbie Tarsitano snakes and dragonfly collage magnum paperweight. Est. $2,500-3,000

This is a joyous assemblage of lovely shapes and delightful creatures.Pastel colors find a happy rhythm with the more primary palette that strikes stronger notes here and there. Pure joy, delightfully conceived and executed.

Not Everyone is Waiting for the Holidays!

LOT 156. Jim D’Onofrio 2005 “The Night They Found Santa” paperweight. Est. $700-1,000

Growing up is hard, isn’t it? One idol after another falls by the wayside…or slides off the roof! We hear Santa doesn’t drink any more. Problem is – He Doesn’t Drink Any Less, Either! (Thank you, thank you, – we’ll be here five nights – try the pickled herring!)

Where You Get the Staircase is Your Problem!!

LOT 205. Saint Louis 1984 Boule de rampe avec monture” millefiori chequer footed newel post. Est. $2,000-2,500

We wish you could all really see this one in person. Beautiful and stately, this bright, almost beaming work would anchor any table setting and enhance any collection. The combination of the sparkling orb, perfectly punctuated by beautiful millefiori, gives the sense of an early French Hot Air Balloon, bound to the earth only by the supporting brass basket. The clear glass pedestal joining them gives a hint of lift off.

For Long-Lasting Love!

LOT 216. Saint Louis “Botticelli” engraved crystal with millefiori paperweight. Est. $500-600

A graceful, airy and delicate anniversary creation from Saint Louis, created to celebrate their 225th year… Fit right now though, for any occasion, please don’t think you have to wait that long to delight someone with this crystal gem.

How Many Weights Were in That Church, Anyway?

LOT 235. Baccarat 1978 “Church Weight” zodiac close packed millefiori paperweight. Est. $1,200-1,600

Not that we’re not thrilled with all of them, believe us! They remain among the more sought-after examples of the art form. Counter-intuitively to where the original church weight was discovered however, everyone’s horoscope is now included at no extra charge in the more contemporary iterations offered by Baccarat!

Okay, One More Attempt at Christmas Cheer!

LOT 301. William Manson figgy pudding upright faceted paperweight. Est. $150-250

This modest and tasty little concoction says it all…thank you, William.

And thank you for your time, perusing these musings on the final auction before we celebrate our Golden Anniversary! Good Luck to you all and call with any questions or to request extra images of those weights that catch your fancy!

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CELEBRATE THE PAPERWEIGHT 2018

Without Putting Too Fine a Point On It…
WOW, Really? Why, Thank you,
Yes, It Was, Wasn’t it?
…and It Was All Because of You !
But Wait… There’s More –

That’s all by way of saying we have been delightfully pleased and taken aback by your responses to Celebrate the Paperweight 2018, both during and after the event.

To begin with, you took our suggestions and many of you made a full vacation week of it, from several glass lovers attending the Chicago Symphony on Thursday evening to Peter and Cheryl Swiadon dashing up to the newly opened Halim Museum of Time and Glass in Evanston.  Joan Parsley, Carl Carter and many others attended the “Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age” exhibition as our guests. If memory serves, Mike and Terri Taylor and another couple enjoyed “Hamilton” and many of you sought out the nearby Pritzker Museum. At least two of you planned to go see the newly installed titanosaur at the Field Museum.

But much of what made the week special was simply you all being together.  Gulsari Byrkit, for one, was so very happy to put faces to names and voices she’s otherwise come to know well.  Many of you stopped by Thursday night to hang out with us, have a bite and some champagne, and also to examine the entire offering for the upcoming Auction 70 in person (initial bidding begins October 15th).  Others immediately took advantage of the 15% discount coupon for attendees, good for existing gallery–owned holdings. The coupons were part of our gift bags for collectors, although the most excitement was for the paperweight umbrellas, and also the mystery sulphides (believe it!).  We also received compliments for the warm feel of the gallery, and thank you for that.

Damon MacNaught & Andrew Najarian (Photo courtesy of ArtReach Chicago)

Mayauel Ward (Photo courtesy of ArtReach Chicago)

Friday morning was not only the real beginning of our little festival, it set the tone for the rest of the weekend.  The demonstration we arranged was received enthusiastically and thoughtfully by all the attendees. Over forty of you watched David Graeber, Gordon Smith, Mayauel Ward, Damon MacNaught and Andy Najarian as they all engaged with the artist/activist Pearl Dick and her team Project Fire.  The aspirational young glassmakers from troubled areas in Chicago were enthused to learn from our artists and also show them a little something of what they could do. Boundaries were crossed, assumptions dropped and connections were made. There was even an impromptu concert by Dantrell, one of the trainees playing to the packed house, that competed with the passing elevated trains and the sounds of the glasswork and the street outside.  An immersive experience indeed. In the rear of the huge studio, Dave and Gordon had a highly focused audience as they flame-worked with finely detailed glass insects. Up front Damon and Andy amazed us all by the speed and ease with which they were able to stretch a beautiful length of blue and white glass and nimbly position it on small cross supports. It seemed that almost immediately they were able to handle the strand, cutting it and handing out samples.

Bee, by Dave Graeber

Mayauel, meanwhile was wrestling with a gorgeously glowing gather of glass / vase-to-be, with a brand new Graeber hummingbird encased within. We will be launching an auction modeled after the Hurricane Harvey auction (i.e. on Facebook for logistical reasons) to sell that as well as another lovely vase that Damon and Andy created. Gordon made a splendid little dragonfly that raised $250 in silent auction (thank you Terri) and Dave also made a special bee that he gifted to Project Fire.  Pearl’s team went to work after our boys were through and wound up creating a sublime piece – a woman’s head of clear glass festooned with perfectly spaced roses for her hair. Yes, you guessed it – Rosann Milius took ownership of that work before it left the pontil…never get between Rosann and a beautiful glass rose.

Project Fire Team (Photo courtesy of ArtReach Chicago)

Pearl Dick & Project Fire Team (Photo courtesy of ArtReach Chicago)

But the real accomplishment here was the feeling you all reported.  We’ve heard from so many of you that it was the spirits and attitudes of these young men (young ladies are coming into the program as well) that left you feeling and knowing that we had all been part of something meaningful – something out of the ordinary.  Art elevated and given even more meaning and purpose. Many of you had rewarding conversations with the students and even supported the cause by purchasing art works, both on Friday and also the next morning at the Artists’ Fair, where the Project Fire had its own table, manned by Pearl, Divontae and Dantrell.  

Members of Project Fire

Friday evening we had dinner at the Columbia Yacht Club, and we had two speakers.  Kathryn Sharbaugh of the Flint Museum spoke to the upcoming PCA convention in Dearborn (with a day trip to Flint) and enticed the attendees with descriptions of not only the two concurrent paperweight exhibitions that will be on display—but also of the newly unveiled “Glass Glass” collection.  She also spoke briefly to the larger mission occupying the museum and its personnel under the leadership of John Henry – that of taking what the art the museum has and presenting it in ways that address the specific needs of the community that has been so challenged by the water crisis. She has been helping design programs and other forms of outreach designed to connect with brains specifically damaged by lead.  (Ask her about Dolly Parton’s book program.)

Kathryn Sharbaugh of the Flint, collector Peter Swiadon, and Brad Stolbach of the University of Chicago

Lead of a different kind as in the form of a bullet, has been a present danger (along with lives filled with incredible challenges) for many of the young people of Project Fire.  Pearl along with her mentor, Brad Stolbach of the University of Chicago and Director of “Healing Hurt People-Chicago” spoke movingly of the efforts involved and the progress being made by ArtReach Chicago/Project Fire.  (A big thank you goes to Art Reach Director of Development Marine Tempels.)

We know this is running long but there was so much in such a short time in terms of meaningful experiences.  Not to leave the artists out— They outdid themselves with the beauty of the designs they brought for the Saturday morning Artists’ Fair.  The dance hall space was perfect for the occasion (thank you to the Johne Parsley legacy project for the sumptuous bouquet that anchored the center of the room) and seemed to meet everyone’s needs.  Ken Rosenfeld, Cathy Richardson and Melissa Ayotte all arrived after the demonstration but we were happy to have them for the Fair. Mike Hunter and Clinton Smith had new designs shown in absentia. (Thank you Nancy Alfano and Joan Parsley.)  And wow, this time around we received endless compliments on how good the midday sandwiches were – thank you Debbie Clark!

The Artists’ Fair

Ken Rosenfeld at the Artists’ Fair

Damon & Andrew at the Artists’ Fair

That evening we all convened at the historic Walnut Room in the Macy’s building for a closing dinner.  Everyone enjoyed having their choice of several different entrees, but all seemed to delight in the trademark Frango Mint ice cream pie dessert.  We could go on and on here, but you do have lives to get back to…

A special thank you to Larry and Marti Selman who joined us (on the eve of our golden anniversary) for the weekend and were even seen dipping an antique Clichy into water in the gallery to explain the refractive properties of glass.  Like we said, an immersive experience!

Ben Clark with Marti & Larry Selman

In closing we were going to thank you all, but you thanked us first.  Humbling. All we did was connect. So, you’re welcome and thank you back!  The Selman Gallery is looking forward to continuing a relationship with Pearl Dick and Project Fire, as well as with Kathryn Sharbaugh and John Henry at the Flint Institute of Arts.  We hope you made some new friends – we know you loved seeing old ones!

The Selman Team
Ben, Penelope, Marty, Paul and Molly…and DJ.

L.H. Selman Ltd., 69th Paperweight Auction: Summer Will Be Fun!

Below is a link to a list of the unsold lots now available at their reserve prices. This is a buy-it-now event, lots can be instantly purchased. We recommend using the list alongside the digital copy of the catalog for easy reference. You can also go directly to the Auction Website and click the tab “Reserve Prices” to take any action or view what is available directly on the auction website.

List of Reserve Prices for Unsold Lots

Click Here for Auction Website

L.H. Selman, Ltd. is pleased to announce our Summer 2018, 69th Glass Paperweight Auction, featuring 336 lots, antique and modern, as well as choice paperweight-related objects. Initial Bidding commences Monday, July 9th at 9:00 am CST. Initial bidding ends on Monday, July 23rd at 5pm CST by phone and at 11:59pm CST by Internet. The auction is fully online, hosted on our AUCTION WEBSITE. A web friendly digital e-catalog can be viewed at E-CATALOG, while a printed copy of the catalog is for sale at PRINT-CATALOG. For those of you who have enjoyed watching spin videos of featured pieces, they can be accessed via our YouTube Channel. If you see something to your liking, please do not fail to place an initial bid in order to ensure that you have a position in the competitive bidding that follows in the second half of the auction. Competitive bidding begins on Tuesday the 24th.

We recommend that you give the catalog’s Conditions of Sale a careful examination for a full understanding of the protocols, and please note that we have adjusted the language on our condition statements. A key can be found in the Conditions of Sale on page 62 of the catalog. Please call the gallery with any questions about these changes or the auction format, and don’t forget, we’re always happy to send additional images, videos or condition reports upon request.

You can also make an appointment to see every lot in person at our gallery in Chicago, 410 S. Michigan Ave., suite 207.  We would love to see you all in person! If you prefer to place any or all bids by phone, or have any questions, just give us a call at 1-800-538-0766.

On to the Goodies!

This summer we all need a break. So we recommend you pack an old fashioned picnic basket and cooler and take off in your grandfather’s 1960s Chrysler or Buick woodie station wagon with no tracking devices and disappear for a few days to a cabin on a lake after the auction of course! As was said in the Godfather, leave the iPhone, take the cannoli and the paperweights you just won at auction.

Yes, that’s right! A weekend with a few real books and a handful of your gleaming, newly acquired Selman weights to wake up to and smile over (at the break of dawn or the crack of noon – your call). Hey, it was good enough for Truman Capote!

Anyway, we all need some joy and whimsy this season and your friends at the Selman Gallery are doing their part in supplying the soul food for the party. That is to say we’ve worked hard to put together a cornucopia of choices to add to your art collection—from the classical and elegant to the simply delightful and whimsical. (Yes, the classical bring delight also, and the delightful weights required focused effort as well…)

So please enjoy some of the examples we share here with you to prepare you to anticipate to forthcoming Summer Auction 69. Look for the catalog winging its way to you or check out the digital version. And, as always – best of luck to you in your bidding!

Very rare antique Clichy close concentric millefiori and rose miniature piedouche paperweight. Est. $15,000—18,000.

Very rare antique Clichy close concentric millefiori and rose miniature piedouche paperweight. Est. $15,000—18,000.

Lot 1. You never want to claim that something is perfect, but with our Lot #1, the word does come to mind. This absolute beauty is pictured in A Garland of Weights by Frank Manheim. It is a jewel, with a beautifully centered Type I Clichy rose design and with every attendant floret and cane as alert as and well spaced as an award-winning marching band with their differently colored uniforms creating a harmonious palette.

Very rare antique Baccarat Ducks-on-a-Pond hollow faceted paperweight. Est. $14,000—16,000.

Very rare antique Baccarat Ducks-on-a-Pond hollow faceted paperweight. Est. $14,000—16,000.

Lot 2. If you can’t get away for a quiet weekend in nature, then this exquisitely rendered trio of subtly colored and striped ducks in a pond will bring some nature to you. Each of the six side facets provides a choice viewpoint with a different perspective on the little family’s progress, as they navigate in a secluded pond with the water radiating from the very center. As you turn this weight, it plays with light so well, there seems to be water within flowing imperceptibly.

Antique Bacchus white millefiori carpet ground paperweight. Est. $6,000—8,000.

Antique Bacchus white millefiori carpet ground paperweight. Est. $6,000—8,000.

Lot 4. This would be a great wedding gift. Whiter than any gown, this explosion of delicate, lacy and airy collared ruffle canes, sports a crown of rich red for celebration and a waistband spotted with deep blue for good fortune. If you don’t have a recipient yet, you need to secure this now and see if it’s possible to part with later!

Antique Saint Louis 1848 close concentric millefiori mushroom and torsade paperweight. Est. $10,000-15,000.

Antique Saint Louis 1848 close concentric millefiori mushroom and torsade paperweight. Est. $10,000-15,000.

Lot 6. Equal parts playful and serene, this arrangement is wonderfully balanced with an elegantly tapered mushroom stem allowing lots of light within, and providing a real sense of airiness. The dusty pinks, quiet greens, innocent whites and baby blues create a very soft and harmonious palette that nonetheless comes alive with a carefree pleasure. The combination of the playful pink ribbon dancing around the handsome white torsade makes for the perfect satellite. With a very elegant date cane.

Antique Baccarat dark butterfly and millefiori garland paperweight. Est. $3,500—5,000.

Antique Baccarat dark butterfly and millefiori garland paperweight. Est. $3,500—5,000.

Lot 7. This particular butterfly is so deeply rich, it looks to be velvet in places. Darkly luxurious and perfectly centered within its protective ring of arrowhead and cog canes, it is a prime example of a classic Baccarat.

Rare antique Saint Louis white pompon on tomato red latticinio paperweight. Est. $8,000—10,000.

Rare antique Saint Louis white pompon on tomato red latticinio paperweight. Est. $8,000—10,000.

Lot 8. This almost flawlessly executed pompon rests lightly on a luscious double swirl latticinio cushion. The blush-colored cushion was created by a translucent coating of red both above and beneath what is otherwise an opaque white latticinio. Check Glass Paperweights of the New York Historical Society, page 59. If you favor this be sure to ask for a photo taken of the base, you won’t believe the handmade perfection!

Antique Saint Louis end-of-day scrambled millefiori with uncommon silhouette paperweight. Est. $2,000—3,000.

Antique Saint Louis end-of-day scrambled millefiori with uncommon silhouette paperweight. Est. $2,000—3,000.

Lot 20. And you thought Jazz started in the Twenties! This jazzy, snazzy and happy explosion frozen in glass has everything – party favors, glitter, dancing and confetti—and would be right at home on the bar in any speakeasy… And just to outshine the competition it includes a wandering turkey and an uncommon double silhouette. Pass the Sax…!

Antique Clichy very rare rose and millefiori chequer paperweight. Est. $2,000—3,000.

Antique Clichy very rare rose and millefiori chequer paperweight. Est. $2,000—3,000.

Lot 26. This is one pretty weight and it boasts a very rare white and purple rose. The work has a delicate, lacy feel that is filled with light dancing through the layers of latticinio, while the pastry molds are borderline edible. But to those of you who might mistakenly feel they have enough Clichy weights, we will not sell the rose separately. All our paperweights come fully assembled!

Rare antique Clichy millefiori green chequer paperweight. Est. $8,000—10,000.

Rare antique Clichy millefiori green chequer paperweight. Est. $8,000—10,000.

Lot 28. You don’t see this beautiful pistachio green very often. This light-hearted and playful arrangement is buoyed on a cushion of white gossamer latticinio that resembles an ethereal cloud of smoke dissipating. You may actually want to alternate the weight in its stand to admire the base every other week.

Extremely rare antique English terracotta teddy bear green bottle dump. Est. $700—1,000.

Extremely rare antique English terracotta teddy bear green bottle dump. Est. $700—1,000.

Lot 70. Wearing a bubble for a derby hat, this little fur ball is embarrassingly charming. Give us a call to hear about care and feeding of this escapee from a children’s toy zoo. Honey not included.

Antique New England Glass Company hollow blown pear paperweight. Est. $400—500.

Antique New England Glass Company hollow blown pear paperweight. Est. $400—500.

Lot 73. This little pear reminds us of the fruit version of a kitten. With a nice blushing gradation, this baby fruit could slip into your shirt pocket and charm the people in your office. Call for a sample slice.

SHIFTING GLASS GEARS!

Without doing nearly enough justice to the treasures in the antiques department of the upcoming auction, our schedule and your attention spans (this is an ad, after all!) call for us to move ahead and put the blindfold back on and pick a few more summer selections at random from the living and breathing side of the artistic community!

Paul Stankard 1997 flowers, pods, root people and word canes cube paperweight. Est. $3,000-4,000.

Paul Stankard 1997 flowers, pods, root people and word canes cube paperweight. Est. $3,000-4,000.

Lot 80. And you thought the world was round!? It is whatever shape the dean says it to be! Here the world is a cube filled with life eternal and sporting every classic symbol of fecundity there is. If you were at Wheaton this year and saw Paul’s major retrospective at the museum, you know what we’re talking about, when we say “dean”. And we have one dozen Stankards to choose from this time. Yeah, you’re welcome!

David Graeber 2016 chartreuse chrysanthemum and blue roses bouquet pedestal paperweight. Est. $2,500—3,500.

David Graeber 2016 chartreuse chrysanthemum and blue roses bouquet pedestal paperweight. Est. $2,500—3,500.

Lot 90. Dave is a painter and glass is his paint box. His sought-after micro floral-scapes are absolutely brimming with flowers and vegetation and more. Here the flowers and foliage surge from their unseen core and flare out at every angle. A 360 degree world of life!

Rick Ayotte 2002 “Tranquility Rose Bouquet” upright faceted sculpture, from the Illusion series. Est. $2,000—3,000.

Rick Ayotte 2002 “Tranquility Rose Bouquet” upright faceted sculpture, from the Illusion series. Est. $2,000—3,000.

Lot 102. At almost 5 inches both in height and width, the spiral cut back on this glorious 1 of 1 edition weight strains to be called “tranquil”. We were lucky enough to gather together well over a dozen of Rick’s artworks this time around. And stay sharp, because we could only score a single Melissa piece for this auction! Look for a fight over Lot 101!

Important Saint Louis 1973 close concentric millefiori super magnum piedouche paperweight. Est. $18,000—25,000.

Important Saint Louis 1973 close concentric millefiori super magnum piedouche paperweight. Est. $18,000—25,000.

Lot 120. We need to rest after just writing about the only weight you never have to worry about being stolen by a cat burglar! In the auction catalog you’ll read the details but at 9 inches in height, 10 inches in diameter, and a 30-inch waistline, you don’t need me to tell you this is the largest paperweight ever made. (Okay, there are 11 others – but that’s it!) An edition of 12, created to honor Paul Jokelson’s accomplishments, this spectacular design debuted at the Chicago paperweight convention in 1973. Rumors that Paul passed away from trying to lift his 55 pound trophy were recently debunked, thank goodness. We’ll just say here that it took 7 glassworkers to weld the dome to its base…

Debbie Tarsitano and Max Erlacher 2003 collaborative “Basket of Doves” and flowers upright faceted paperweight. Est. $1,000—1,400.

Debbie Tarsitano and Max Erlacher 2003 collaborative “Basket of Doves” and flowers upright faceted paperweight. Est. $1,000—1,400.

Lot 128. A perfect team effort resulting in an effervescent work. This piece may cause unexpected fits of joy and happiness, so view with caution.

Ken Rosenfeld 1993 desert scene and flowers paperweight. Est. $800—1,000.

Ken Rosenfeld 1993 desert scene and flowers paperweight. Est. $800—1,000.

Lot 145. Life in creamy color bursts forth out of the sand and defies the convincing and beautifully rendered but forbidding ground around it. No water needed.

Cathy Richardson 2015 “Frog Gossip Group” paperweight. Est. $700—900.

Cathy Richardson 2015 “Frog Gossip Group” paperweight. Est. $700—900.

Lot 156. Forget the descriptive title. If you are a Northwestern alumnus, you know your blue and orange. It’s apparent in this 1 of 1 edition weight that these three characters can only be fraternity pledges looking to become princes…

Denali Crystal “Aurora” tall dichroic and crystal sculpture. Est. $4,500—5,500.

Denali Crystal “Aurora” tall dichroic and crystal sculpture. Est. $4,500—5,500.

Lot 163. Conquering this stunning, mountainous almost foot-high paean to the sheer glory of crystal at auction is a wonderful and safe alternative to trying to mount an expedition to some faraway ice covered peak. Walk around it slowly and you have 360 different works of art!

Saint Louis 1997 “Panier Flamboyant” red flower bouquet in latticinio basket magnum paperweight. Est. $1,000—1,400.

Saint Louis 1997 “Panier Flamboyant” red flower bouquet in latticinio basket magnum paperweight. Est. $1,000—1,400.

Lot 201. This lush bouquet of blossoms and buds nestled in a voluminous basket with the dome about three inches in height must be seen to be believed. This is all you’d need to set a large table. Please call for extra pictures of this.

Baccarat 1998 “Otarie danseuse” dancing seal paperweight, from the Circus series. Est. $1,000—1,400.

Baccarat 1998 “Otarie danseuse” dancing seal paperweight, from the Circus series. Est. $1,000—1,400.

Lot 218. Just in case you thought we were taking it all too seriously, here is an example of “Summer Will Be Fun” in action. The playful colors and carefree child-like scene is really, really delicious. The seal never drops the ball!

Paul Ysart three-tiered pink flower in a white latticinio stave basket paperweight. Est. $500—700.

Paul Ysart three-tiered pink flower in a white latticinio stave basket paperweight. Est. $500—700.

Lot 251. It’s a PY party with an even dozen pieces by the pioneer coming under the gavel, including this vertigo-inducing pink flower floating impossibly about a mile (or so it seems) above the bottom of the basket.

John Deacons close packed millefiori overlay faceted paperweight. Est. $500—700.

John Deacons close packed millefiori overlay faceted paperweight. Est. $500—700.

Lot 272. This is a classy execution of a classic motif. And the transparent lemon yellow is just luminous.

That’s it kids – we’re worn out so you must be also. Another embarrassment of riches and some very affordable riches at that, including but not limited to more than 30 handsome Perthshires.

Okay, You should be all set to tackle the full 336 entries coming soon to a flat screen near you or landing in your mail slot to augment your wonderful library of Selman publications.

The Fest in the Midwest

The Biennial “Celebrate the Paperweight” is Back. Plan Accordingly!

Late September Chicago is the place to be for lovers and especially lovers of fine glass paperweights! Two years ago we had to put the Selman biennial on hold in order to assist the Chicago Art Institute in the sale by auction of close to 400 duplicative weights from the Arthur Rubloff Collection and other holdings. After that smashing success for a good cause, we can now return to tradition!

Come to town by the 27th of September to settle in and stop by to have a toast at the gallery with us from 3-7pm.

Gordon Smith & David Graeber

Gordon Smith & David Graeber

Friday the 28th, We’ll be offering transportation to an all-star glassmaking demonstration at the Project Fire Studio with David Graeber, Andy Najarian, Gordon Smith and Damon MacNaught. The bus will begin boarding at 10:30am from the Congress Hotel, to arrive in time for the 11am-2pm demonstrations. Heading the Project Fire Studio is Pearl Dick, an accomplished glass artist, teacher and social activist who has engineered this operation to give at-risk youth an opportunity to create something meaningful, learn teamwork and develop technical skills that may provide a path to employment. Light lunches will be provided by the gallery. After the event you can come back to the gallery, have a beverage and examine first-hand the paperweights to be offered in the fall auction as they’ll be freshly filling the display cases.

Friday, beginning between 5:30-6pm and going until we’re thrown out, we’ll all converge at the Columbia Yacht Club aboard MV Abegweit, one of the great ships (retired) of the Great Lakes. Enjoy gorgeous views of the lake and the city skyline as the sun settles behind the panorama of “skyscrapers” in the city that gave birth to the word. Take in the Lake air with drinks in hand. Among the speakers will be the aforementioned Pearl Dick. We will also hear from Kathryn Sharbaugh, the Flint Museum curator of the “Small Worlds” Paperweight exhibition, which is running through the PCA conference next April in Dearborn. She also authored the recent and very attractive volume Paperweights: Highlights from the Flint Institute of Arts Collection. This evening will also feature gift bags, a raffle and an auction to benefit the Paperweight Foundation. In addition a portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to them as well.

View from the Columbia Yacht Club

View from the Columbia Yacht Club

Saturday the 29th at the Fine Arts Building we’ll host the Artist Fair at 10am in a beautiful dance hall with floor to ceiling views of Grant Park. You’ll be seeing many new designs offered by many of the finest glass artists in the field. The fair will run from 10am to 3pm.

Later on Saturday we’ll get back together for dinner and a celebratory send-off at the Walnut Room for our closing dinner (6pm). “The world famous Walnut Room was the first restaurant ever opened in a department store. With Circassian paneling imported from Russia and Austrian chandeliers, the 17,000 square foot dining room is both elegant and comfortable.”

The historic Walnut Room

The historic Walnut Room

And for those of you returning home on Sunday, please feel free to stop by in the morning for a goodbye mimosa!

Please refer to the links provided and make your hotel reservations soon. We suggest you make the Celebrate the Paperweight the core of a vacation experience that may include the Art Expo, the new Halim Museum, the Art Institute’s John Singer Sargent exhibition, the play, HAMILTON, the famous Randolph Street Art Fair, and so many other attractions listed on our GUIDE to the weekend’s events.

To purchase a ticket for the event, click here.

To book your stay with the group rate at the Congress Hotel, click here. (more hotels available for recommendation)

WHY SHOULD WE BOOK “CELEBRATE THE PAPERWEIGHT” 2018 LODGINGS IN CHICAGO FOUR MONTHS OUT?

 

We’re glad you asked…

It is NOT too early to sound the horns… The planning for the 2018 CELEBRATE THE PAPERWEIGHT (September 27-29) is well underway and a good time will be had by all attending.

Here is a view of the Lake from one of the rooms - quite lovely!

Here is a view of the Lake from one of the rooms – quite lovely!

The important thing today to communicate is that there are many other events and attractions occurring that very weekend. It will be High Season and the rooms may go quickly or go up in price! The Selman Gallery has reserved 20 rooms for the 3 nights at the comfortable and convenient Congress Plaza, at $189/night, plus tax. You can book your room by clicking HERE. You must mention our gallery to get the group rate. Also, you may cancel your reservation up to a month before the dates, at no penalty (read the contract). If you choose another hotel, that is fine, but do it soon. And the hotel will honor (if rooms are available) the same rate for “shoulder dates” on either side of your reserved dates. And, if you check in and the hotel still has lake view rooms unrented past about 3 pm, they will upgrade you to a lake view at no extra charge! However, if you want to be absolutely assured of a lake view, it’s just an extra $20/night. So book soon while the lake views are still available!  Don’t take the gamble if you are hoping to see the sun come up!!

Other attractions that will bring people to Chicago at that time include the annual and massive ART EXPO on Navy Pier, and the recently opened Halim Time and Glass Museum in Evanston, offering collections of Tiffany and stained glass (and over 1,000 rare timepieces). That will also be the closing weekend to see the Art Institute’s 100-piece exhibition “John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age.” Also on view will be “Lest We Forget: Sailors, Sammies And Doughboys Over There In World War I” hosted by The Pritzker Military Museum, just across from the Art Institute.

For those coming in a day early you can catch Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (September 27th). For those unrepentant (Grateful) Dead Heads among you, the Dark Star Orchestra tribute band will be performing at the north side VIC Theatre on Saturday night the 29th. Sunday the 30th will not only be the last day of the Sargent/Gilded Age show, but you can also enjoy an afternoon wandering the intriguing west loop Randolph Street Market antique fair! Oh, and yes, HAMILTON, the Musical will be going strong. … And that is just scratching the surface!

For information on purchasing tickets, booking your hotel and for a schedule of events, click here.

Questions? Just check our online postings or call us!

Come for the Fest, Stay for the City!

Chicago’s at its best in the Fall!

Garden at the Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago gardens

Celebrate the Paperweight Schedule and Tickets

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This page serves as a landing page for quick links for tickets/hotel and schedule information. For more detailed descriptions of each event and location, click here.

To purchase a ticket for the event, click here.

To book your stay with the group rate at the Congress Hotel, click here. (more hotels available for recommendation)

If you have any questions about the schedule or experience any trouble with the links for tickets and hotel, please call us in the gallery at 312-583-1177 or email us at info@paperweight.com and we can assist as needed.


Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 27th

Welcome Reception at the L.H. Selman Gallery from 3-7pm. Those arriving on Thursday are welcome to join us for libations & cheer.

Friday, September 28th

Demonstrations at Pearl Dick’s Project Fire from 11am-2pm. Participating artists include David Graeber, Gordon Smith, Andrew Najarian & Damon MacNaught. Transportation will be provided between the Congress Hotel and Project Fire, the bus will begin boarding at 10:30am. Light lunch provided.

Dinner at the Columbia Yacht Club, beginning between 5:30-6. With breathtaking lakeside views, the evening will include dinner, drinks, musical entertainment, speakers, gift bags, a benefit auction & raffle.

Saturday, September 29th

Artists’ Fair in the Fine Arts Building, 10am-3pm. An informal get-together, with light food and refreshments.

Dinner and a celebratory send-off at the historic Walnut Room at 6pm!

Sunday, September 30th

Morning Mimosas at the gallery.

Wondering why you should book your hotel now? We’ve made a GUIDE to some of the other exciting events taking place the same weekend in Chicago.

For a digital map featuring location highlights, click here. (We will continue to add to this map, so check back).

Racing the Clock!

“Spring Ahead” never had so many meanings around here. We’re now open seven days a week! In addition to setting clocks, we find ourselves balancing creating the next auction catalogue with executing multiple upcoming events and activities, a couple of which are actually just behind us.

In the third week of March, as the dust was just settling on Auction 68, Ben hit the road to attend the Oklahoma PCA meeting in Tulsa where he teamed up with Damon MacNaught to man the Selman booth. They enjoyed a rousing response to Damon’s newly offered weights–each of course created in an edition of 1/1. (Remember that the next time you hesitate!) We still have a select group, by the way…

Additionally, we attended the April 7th meeting of the Midwest Paperweight Collectors in Long Grove, Illinois where we filled in members on our gallery’s plans and events, some of which are covered below. Brand new president Joan Parsley opened the proceedings. Nancy Alfano hosted an identification clinic with Lynn Harper turning up with some very elusive items. Keith Lange displayed some weights with very elaborate doorknob bases. And it was good to see Bruce and Kathryn Giangiorgi and the rest, but we’ll leave it off there since the MPC has its own newsletter!

Next, we’re traveling to Michigan’s Flint Institute of Arts, combining forces with Joan Parsley, to record interviews with the Director of Development Kathryn Sharbaugh, and other museum personnel, about the museum’s increasing involvement with paperweights. The FIA has just published Paperweights: Highlights from the Flint Institute of Arts Collection to accompany “Small Worlds,” a beautiful overview of the art of the paperweight, drawn in large part from their recently enhanced permanent collection and supplemented by loans from well-known contemporary artists. Auspiciously, the museum’s first paperweight was a gift from studio glass pioneer Dominick Labino.

Meanwhile, Ben is finalizing plans for the Selman booth at the Wheaton Paperweight Fest 2018. Along the way to New Jersey, we’ll be delivering the marvelous millefiori table collaboration that Damon MacNaught initiated and helmed, which brought spirited bidding as Lot 120 in Auction 68. At Wheaton, stop in and say hello to Mike and Sue Hunter, who will be assisting us in our booth and answering any questions you may have about their works. Nearby on Thursday at noon, MPC president Joan Parsley will be hosting a memorial melt of some of her father’s weights in the hot glass shop. The MPC itself will be hosting a Meet & Greet that day. And while examining the paperweights in our booth and talking with us and the Hunters, be sure to pick up a reminder about the biennial “Celebrate the Paperweight” festival in Chicago!

Speaking of “Celebrate the Paperweight”…

In Chicago at our beloved and landmarked Fine Arts Building—this year, in addition to the guest artists (final roster to be announced) and other planned activities (sadly, the potato sack race has been cancelled, although both the taffy pull and apple bobbing are still scheduled) we are reaching out to explore something new. Two local organizations have caught our attention. ART Reach (with the helpful Director of Development, Marie Tempels) and Healing Hurt People Chicago (Dr. Bradley Stolbach) have joined forces to sponsor the program, Project Fire. Project Fire is helmed by Pearl Dick, a respected glass artist. All of these people bring together extremely at-risk youth with the opportunity for education and training in the glass arts, including (you guessed it) paperweights! We look forward to highlighting their efforts and possibly even working with them during the September weekend event. And yes, there will be an evening at the Columbia Yacht Club! Stay tuned!

We were about to say be sure to check your calendars for both The Paperweight Fest as well as the “Celebrate the Paperweight” BUT you don’t have to, do you – because it’s already clearly marked on your current Selman calendars. Remember to send us interesting and pertinent dates in the world of glass and glass paperweights to include in next year’s L.H. Selman Fiftieth Anniversary Calendar!

Welcome to the L.H. Selman 2018 Winter Auction #68

List of Reserve Prices for Unsold Lots

Click Here for Auction Website

As you may know, the auction is fully online, hosted on our AUCTION WEBSITE. A web friendly digital e-catalog can be viewed at E-CATALOG (also above), while a printed copy of the catalog (gorgeous, informative and printed in the USA!) is for sale at PRINT-CATALOG. For those of you who have enjoyed watching spin videos of featured pieces, they can be accessed via our YouTube Channel.

Initial Bidding will begin at 9am CST on Tuesday, February 20th. Initial bidding ends on Monday, March 5th at 5pm CST by phone and at 11:59pm CST by Internet. Competitive bidding typically continues during initial bidding, but officially begins Tuesday March 6th. (initial and competitive bidding explained below) For any questions about the auction process please contact us in the gallery at 800-583-1177, or email Paul via paul@paperweight.com.

During initial bidding, when you see an artwork that catches your eye, you may place a bid of ten dollars or more, in order to ensure that you have secured a position in the competitive bidding on that lot in the second half of the auction.) We recommend that you give the catalog’s Conditions of Sale a careful examination for a full understanding of the protocols, some of which have been updated. And don’t hesitate to just give us a call to enquire about our unique auction format or for condition reports. You can also make an appointment to view the auction in person at our gallery in Chicago, 410 S. Michigan Ave., suite 207. We would love to see and meet every one of you (not on the same day)! Please bring your best smile for a bonus – your picture taken with D.J. the Wonder Dog and chief of art glass security at the gallery. If you prefer to place any or all bids by phone, or have any questions, we’re at 1-800-0766.

(We can it call the Almost Springtime Auction if you would feel more comfortable…) Anyway we’d like to give you all a playful peek into a handful of the highlights and bright lights of the next carnivalesque melee we refer to as our slow close auction (we Are getting faster) and get you to forget about going to work or eating breakfast and instead just focus on which jewel-like art glass works you will suddenly realize you have to have to successfully continue on Life’s proper path. Seriously – if you are reading this you’re already in agreement that art is as important to the soul as bread (whole grain, no GMO, no bleaching) is critical to the body!

This is just a capricious hint of a preview – with 336 auction lots we can only offer a random handful of quick glimpses of what’s going to be available.

We also provide a good number of extremely helpful spin videos, which show the weights rotating in slow motion of a full 361 degrees. Yes, you read right, 361, because we bring an extra degree of effort to everything!

So let’s get to it, shall we?

Peace in Wartime

Rare antique Baccarat 1848 white and red stardust carpet ground paperweight. Est.

Rare antique Baccarat 1848 white and red stardust carpet ground paperweight.
Est. $15,000—20,000

Lot 1. It is fascinating that such a precious and splendid object as this antique Baccarat 1848 white and red stardust carpet ground paperweight, was created during the greatest revolutionary period the world has ever seen. It feels perfect holding it today–imagine the respite it provided about 170 years ago when heads were rolling! At that moment the now famous Gridel silhouettes were scarcely a year or two in existence, but many of them grace this peaceful glass landscape with carefully positioned and finely delineated animals. The stardust flow gently around the canes like sea grass in an undulating current. Their red centers advance the sense of movement like minute sparks of electricity. There is a vibrancy to this calmness. Even the multi-colored signature/date cane seems unusually vivid and crisp. This is an outstanding example of an antique paperweight.

From top to Bottom

Rare antique Saint Louis four-panel close packed millefiori paperweight.

Rare antique Saint Louis four-panel close packed millefiori paperweight.
Est. $16,000—20,000

Lot 2. This antique Saint Louis formal design has on display an impressive variety of finely wrought complex canes assembled for your most orderly garden, one that you would never allow your friends to step foot in, but you might let them hold carefully in their hands. The complex center cane feels alive with those tiny bugles announcing the immanent arrival of royalty. For those of you with a really sharp eye for color, there seems to be a record number of subtle tones in this work. Descriptions with names such as coral and pistachio are applicable here. A very carefully considered arrangement of canes delicately fills each of the garden segments; each quadrant is precisely groomed with a pair of perfectly tapering cobalt, coral and white twists. Even the base of this weight is gorgeous, with the final row of millefiori drawn ever thinner to coalesce into a single pinpoint. Ask us for an image of the base – you’ll be very impressed!

Patriots can do more than throw a Football!

Very rare antique New England Glass Company sheaf of flowers and fruit on swirling latticinio magnum paperweight.

Very rare antique New England Glass Company sheaf of flowers and fruit on swirling latticinio magnum paperweight.
Est. $8,000—12,000

Lot 3. We’re again blessed with fine and rare examples of classic artworks for this outing. Word must be getting around we’re here to stay! (Don’t forget the gallery turns 50 next year!) Next up is a piece that could be called “Boston Strong!” American-made Yankee ingenuity, much of which we acquired somehow from our European cousins. Anyway, they did an outstanding job here. This “superb magnum” sports not only beautiful clematis, apples and blushing pears, but also an almost mathematically perfect double swirl latticinio. What supreme handcraft workers were capable of long before the cold faux perfection of so much that is mass-manufactured today. As you would all agree, there has always been an inimitable warmth to the hand-made.

And from our kinfolk who played opposite the Patriots…

Antique Bacchus close concentric millefiori paperweight.

Antique Bacchus close concentric millefiori paperweight.
Est. $9,000—12,000

Lot 4. No, we’re not referring to the victorious Eagles, we mean our irritable cousins from across the big pond that took exception to our yearning for independence. But since we’ve all been friends again ever since the Beatles conquered Ed Sullivan and America, I can without hesitation celebrate the virtues of this classic Bacchus weight, with its trademark color palette (no one does teal like Bacchus) and iconic canes. This weight has an exceptionally fresh look with a certain airy comfort within which the tubes and stars seem almost to float a little. Americans can take pride in owning this weight – it’s mostly reds, whites and blues!

They can do anything you can do, Better!

Rare antique Baccarat three-flower bouquet paperweight.

Rare antique Baccarat three-flower bouquet paperweight.
Est. $8,000—10,000

Lot 6. Fightin’ words I know. But that’s what happened when the French looked at the early weights being shown off in the Venice area. They took a good idea and made it theirs and then they made it great. Bragging rights are assured when one looks this thoughtfully constructed and unusually heavy weight. The maker here was particularly conscious of the interplay of positive and negative spaces. And the white double clematis, the Type II primrose and the Type I pansy elegantly unite as paperweight royalty in this star-studded offering. You’re lucky the French let this get out of their country. Of exceptional subtlety are the two top petals of the pansy; they exude radiant purples, lavenders and wine-colored reds. And the primrose petals boast translucent scarlet centers. Gorgeous – nearly edible!

This should come with its own magnifying Glass

Antique Clichy rose and millefiori mushroom double overlay faceted paperweight.

Antique Clichy rose and millefiori mushroom double overlay faceted paperweight.
Est. $7,000—9,000

Lot 8. Seriously, the roses in this Antique Clichy are so elegantly crisp in this work they deserve the closest inspection! This is a sumptuous production with the delicate mushroom topped off with a handsome coat of uniformly sized flowers and florets of harmoniously tinted colors. The rich cobalt over white double overlay adds class and style while the grid-cut base presents something of an under-lit dance floor in appeal.

This could have been from the Medici Family Collection…

Antique Clichy millefiori quatrefoil garland paperweight.

Antique Clichy millefiori quatrefoil garland paperweight.
Est. $6,000—8,000

Lot 10. Wow. This weight sports the richest, velvety blood red we’ve seen in quite some time. Of course this makes the blues, whites and greens jump in contrast as if they were levitating a micron off the ground. The blues are particularly lush in this paperweight. Wish you all could see this in your hands, but then we feel that way about all our offerings. This Clichy has a decadently rich, opulently plush feel.

Look down at the Stars!

Rare antique Baccarat close packed millefiori stardust mushroom paperweight

Rare antique Baccarat close packed millefiori stardust mushroom paperweight
Est. $4,000—5,000

Lot 15. Yes now you know what mushrooms that pepper the forest floors and celestial bodies of burning gas a billion light years away have in common. It is this rare antique Baccarat stardust staved mushroom boasting a delightful and generous variety of millefiori bursting up and out from the cap! The generous glass dome on this hefty art work projects an almost hallucinatory size differential!

It’s okay to behave like Animals

Antique Baccarat interlaced millefiori trefoil garlands with Gridel silhouettes paperweight.

Antique Baccarat interlaced millefiori trefoil garlands with Gridel silhouettes paperweight.
Est. $4,000—5,000

Lot 18. Here is an elegant and airy double trefoil wherein a half dozen animals in silhouette are quietly behaving, each having been granted its own lovely pen of both white and green and white and red millefiori. This is a lovely piece nicely proportioned, with a fortress cane at the center with an all-star (get it?) honor guard presiding over the tiny zoo that surrounds it.

Selling snow in the Winter

Rare antique Clichy close packed millefiori on sodden snow in stave basket paperweight.

Rare antique Clichy close packed millefiori on sodden snow in stave basket paperweight.
Est. $1,500—3,000

Lot 21. We hesitate to fully describe this so maybe we’ll just say it’s a lighthearted cluster of both simple and complex canes of every color shape and design you can think of, all under the same roof…I mean dome. Okay, okay, it’s on sodden snow! Lovely, wet, sodden snow. That may sound appealing by August – or not, but don’t let that dampen your enthusiasm! This is a lovely antique, corralled by a ring of complex canes with alternating red and white staves supporting it all.

Yes, good things still come in small Packages

Antique Clichy close concentric millefiori miniature paperweight.

Antique Clichy close concentric millefiori miniature paperweight.
Est. $1,000—1,500

Lot 50. Skipping way too far ahead, (but what can you do with an embarrassment of riches and a limited time frame??) we have a delicious little mini, one of several in this auction for those of you lamenting space considerations in your display cabinets. If you can’t fit this on your shelf – you probably can’t even close your cabinet door. This mini Clichy stretches just 1 3/4 “ in diameter but visually it punches way above its weight. It must; it jumped out at me from a field of beautiful glass works! Starting with the restrained beauty of the central white and green rose this little dense pack of complex and pastry mold canes has a very natural quality. Squint and you could be looking out your window at a corner of a royal garden.

All you need to decorate an entire Room!

Antique Val Saint Lambert ruby overlay fancy-cut faceted paperweight.

Antique Val Saint Lambert ruby overlay fancy-cut faceted paperweight.
Est. $1,000-1,200

Lot 71. I would expect to find this fancy-cut translucent overlay extravaganza on the desk of the owner of the finest hotel-saloon that San Francisco had to offer back in the days of the Gold Rush. This and Lot 70, really should be purchased by the same person. I can’t say enough about them; they’re very different but wow, what a pair they would make! Between the ruby richness and the cascading light play and the ornate elegant cutting, they could preside over a high-class soirée all by themselves! Don’t take our word for it – call for multiple views, and you’ll see we’re absolutely not exaggerating.

“But, you can’t just live in the glorious Past…
There are living artists to feed!”
(In other words we’re moving on to contemporary weights)

A complete garden that requires no Water

Paul Stankard’s 2013 goat’s beard, pod and honeybees orb.

Paul Stankard’s 2013 goat’s beard, pod and honeybees orb.
Est. $4,000—6,000

Lot 78. It will however demand your careful attention. Paul Stankard’s wizardry is on full display in this 2013 magical realm of lifelike buds, blossoms, branches and bees. You should really view the spin video of this. Casual visitors to the gallery look at us to see if we’re pulling their leg with a weight such as this when we say it’s all solid glass within solid glass. But you know…

You can’t not look at This

Chris Buzzini 1992 red roses fancy-cut faceted paperweight.

Chris Buzzini 1992 red roses fancy-cut faceted paperweight.
Est. $800—1,200

Lot 90. Talk about demanding attention! This Buzzini is not to be ignored, shimmering from every angle. This piece (from an edition of 15) offers an exquisite pair of roses in bloom but the glasscutter deserves equal billing on the marquee!

Better than real Life?

Melissa Ayotte 2008 red rose bouquet paperweight.

Melissa Ayotte 2008 red rose bouquet paperweight.
Est. $500—700

Lot 96. Almost better. Melissa’s bouquet of the lushest most romantic red roses and attendant bellflowers is so sumptuous that even if you’re a satisfied single man, you’ll want to meet someone special just to be able to offer this as a gift. We take pride in our photography but these are noticeably brighter than we could capture with the printing inks in our catalogue. Gentlemen – photograph yourselves holding this on your dating site and have multiple phone lines ready!

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Rick Ayotte 1992 “Red Salamander in Marsh” paperweight, from the PondLife series.

Rick Ayotte 1992 “Red Salamander in Marsh” paperweight, from the PondLife series.
Est. $1,200—1,600

Lot 115. This happy little salamander in a friendly marsh is so bright it is almost iridescent. Its head is lifted as though he just heard you looking at him. A colorful and lively tableau from Rick Ayotte in an edition limited to 50.

Make sure you have a Coaster!

Damon MacNaught 2017 open concentric millefiori on latticinio inlaid wood table.

Damon MacNaught 2017 open concentric millefiori on latticinio inlaid wood table.
Est. $5,500—6,500

Lot 120. We rightfully give a full page to this handcrafted triumph in the catalogue. Damon MacNaught, with the help of Andrew Najarian and wood artist Stephan Micheletto-Blouin here offers a stunning example of pushing the envelope in an art form. This magnificent collaboration has resulted in a table. A table like no other, since the tabletop surface is unique. There are to date, two such works, noticeably different as far as the millefiori on latticinio, but then Damon strives for each work out of his studio to be unique. The table also has a tilt function that allows a vertical viewing option. This art table could finish a room setting in a way that will make you want to embed all your weights in your furniture. This is serious glass with abundant class. Consider the envelope torn apart!

We know you have limited time so we’ll just say we have a wonderful variety of works by most of the names that come to mind in the field of contemporary fine art paperweights, including a half dozen gems each by Debbie Tarsitano, Victor Trabucco, Bob Banford, Mayauel Ward, Charles Kaziun, Deacons, Saint Louis, Baccarat, Lundberg, and many others – you get the picture! We’ve time to run just a couple more past you!

Hallelujah or is it Alleluia?

Ken Rosenfeld 2015 arching bouquet paperweight.

Ken Rosenfeld 2015 arching bouquet paperweight.
[Est. $700—1,000

Lot 139. Either way there is a transcendent quality that is exuded by this masterful work. Ken’s arching bouquet truly radiates a sense of well-being and the melon slice faceting completes the celebratory visual with sunshine-like rays emanating in all directions. Ask for more pictures.

Worlds within Worlds

Cathy Richardson 2014 “Carved Wild Rose” upright sand-carved paperweight.

Cathy Richardson 2014 “Carved Wild Rose” upright sand-carved paperweight.
Est. $1,400—1,800

Lot 175. Cathy Richardson, as many of you know is not only a master glass artist insofar as what goes into her weights. She is a world-class designer and sculptor of the outside surfaces of her weights, etching, carving and sanding her visions onto the glass that cradles the treasures within. This one will take a dozen photographs to give you an inkling of an idea of what this accomplished beauty has to offer… Make every attempt to see this in person. No, we won’t pay your way to get here.

Okay Glass Lovers we think that’s about all you can take – so that leaves well over 300 weights for you to discover on your own, either when you get the catalogue in the mail or by perusing it online. Contact us with any questions and thank you for your time and attention, and the best of luck to all of you in the upcoming auction!

Small Worlds: Contemporary Paperweights at The Flint Institute of Arts

(Flint, MI) Small Worlds—on view April 7, 2018 through May 29, 2019— features a survey of glass paperweights from the 19th century to present day. The exhibition highlights different techniques, styles, and various types of paperweights. The 19th century was the classic period for paperweight manufacture. This exhibition features works from European glass factories, including the French crystal manufactures Baccarat, Clichy, and St. Louis. Paperweight production all but ceased in Europe by the late 19th century but was revived in the mid-20th century in both Europe and America. Independent artists experimented with new designs, techniques, and materials. Paperweights continue to be a popular object of art today, and manufacturers and artists all over the world have enlarged the scope, scale, design and fabrication of this diminutive object.

This exhibition not only features a vast collection of historical European paperweights from the FIA’s permanent collection but also a large variety of contemporary paperweights from important private collections. There are twenty-two contemporary artists whose works are included in the exhibition. Some of the earliest contemporary paperweights showcased were created by members of the Studio Glass Movement including Charles Kaziun and Dominick Labino. The collection expands to include twenty more current paperweight makers. There are many works by Paul Stankard, Rick Ayotte and Cathy Richardson to name a few that are on view in the exhibition.

About the Flint Institute of Arts

The Flint Institute of Arts is Michigan’s second largest art museum and one of the largest museum art schools in the nation. The FIA promotes the power of the visual arts by providing lifelong learning opportunities to engage and educate a diverse regional audience. The FIA is committed to making art available, approachable, and accessible to all through a broad range of interpretive programs that allow multiple ways of accessing information on the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. The FIA’s mission is to advance the understanding and appreciation of art for all through collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. Saturdays are free thanks to Huntington Bank. For more information, please call 810.234.1695 or visit www.flintarts.org.

Yellow Tea Rose with Loose Strife Blossoms and Blueberries

Paul Stankard, American, b. 1943. Yellow Tea Rose with Loose Strife Blossoms and Blueberries, 2007. Glass. 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. Private Collection.

Terror in the Treetops, 1999 Paperweight

Rick Ayotte, American, b. 1944. Terror in the Treetops, 1999. Glass. 3 x 3 3/4 inches. Collection of Gordon Park

CONTACT: Kathryn Sharbaugh, Director of Development
Flint Institute of Arts
P: 810.234.1695
E: ksharbaugh@flintarts.org