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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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…!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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…
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.
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.
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…
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.