Winter 2016 Art Glass Paperweight Auction 62

L.H. Selman Ltd. is proud to announce its Winter 2016 62nd fine art glass paperweight auction with 336 antique and modern pieces, including several paperweight related objects. The auction is fully online, hosted on our website, and the catalog can be viewed at http://www.theglassgallery.com/auction-catalog/. You can also see all auction lots in person at our 410 S. Michigan Ave., #207, gallery in Chicago, 9am to 5pm; we would love to see you in person! If you prefer to place bids by phone, just give us a call at 1-800-538-0766. Initial bidding has started and will end Monday, March 14. If you see something to your liking, do not hesitate to place an initial bid: you never know what surprising reserves will be revealed or what exciting competitive bidding will follow that can bring home the piece of your dreams!

Recherché

With regard to the surviving antiques of the Classical era (circa 1845-1875), some were designed using techniques that are mind blowing for their time. Particularly impressive are the first few lots of the auction.

Lot 1 Exceptionally rare antique Saint Louis encased faceted double overlay upright bouquet paperweight

Lot 1 Exceptionally rare antique Saint Louis encased faceted double overlay upright bouquet paperweight

This important art treasure is perhaps one of the most unique museum heritage quality paperweights in the world. It is one of two pieces of this kind that we have identified. Both are pictured in the 1991 PCA Bulletin, pages 2 and 20. The famous French glass atelier, Saint Louis, created this paperweight during the classic period between 1840 and 1855. This tour-de-force of French glass mastery combines in a single work of art all of the most difficult techniques in use during the classical period of paperweight artistry. The upright bouquet at the center of the paperweight is of five lampwork and millefiori flowers cradled in a bed of lush green leaves. One of the most difficult features to achieve successfully in the production of antique glass paperweights was the colored overlay. This paperweight dazzles the viewer by showcasing not a single, but a double overlay that encases the internal bouquet in a rare green-over-white composition that announces to the viewer its unique forest and hunting motif. There is a single top aperture and there are two very rare opposing side oval apertures that serve as fanciful windows to the scene within. The rarest features of this paperweight are two cut-out silhouettes; one in the likeness of a stag and the other of a running hound. For either animal to be cut into the interior of a paperweight would be astonishing. To have both animals featured within a single paperweight in such an elaborate, artistic composition is truly rare and remarkable. Finally, the entire composition was encased by the Saint Louis master artist with a thick clear layer of crystal, all of which rests upon a clear star-cut base. The Stag and Running Hound Double Overlay is the very highest poetic expression of the great art of classic French glass mastery.

An astonishing display of seven ripe, freckled, lush dimensional strawberries, each cradled within a chamber of sepals, includes a single white blossom with yellow stamens and five ribbed green leaves. “The motifs are very three-dimensional, almost tempting one to reach in and pluck a strawberry…” — “The Dictionary of Glass Paperweights”.

Lot 2 Very rare antique Mount Washington strawberry magnum paperweight.

Lot 2 Very rare antique Mount Washington strawberry magnum paperweight

Lot 3 Very rare, probably unique, antique Russian bouquet pedestal paperweight.

Lot 3 Very rare, probably unique, antique Russian bouquet pedestal paperweight

“These paperweights rank among the most beautiful and sophisticated in the genre.” — “Paperweights: Collection Friedrich Bader, Wiener Kunst Auktionen”. For similar examples of both lampwork and cutting, see PCA Bulletin 1992, pages 12 and 13, and “Fine British & European Glass & Paperweights”, Bonham’s auction catalog, November 30, 2011, pages 74-89.

 

The above pieces are amazingly rare and impressive, but here are a few more to note…

The Elusive

We have the good fortune to be able to offer you several pieces by artists that, for a variety of reasons, do not go by our gallery often. Do not miss this great opportunity to add one of these to your collection since we cannot promise when they will be back.

Lot 25 Antique Saint Louis scattered flowers with honeycomb faceting paperweight. An extremely unusual weight, quite probably unique and possibly experimental, encases seven large five-petalled flowers just beneath the outer surface of a clear ground that remains empty at the center.

Lot 25 Antique Saint Louis scattered flowers with honeycomb faceting paperweight. An extremely unusual weight, quite probably unique and possibly experimental, encases seven large five-petalled flowers just beneath the outer surface of a clear ground that remains empty at the center.

Lot 9 Rare antique Bacchus cruciform close concentric millefiori in a stave basket paperweight

Lot 9 Rare antique Bacchus cruciform close concentric millefiori in a stave basket paperweight

Lot 68 Very rare antique Millville pink water lily pedestal paperweight. “This rare weight is one of the most dramatic of all paperweights.” -- “The Dictionary of Glass Paperweights”.

Lot 68 Very rare antique Millville pink water lily pedestal paperweight. “This rare weight is one of the most dramatic of all paperweights.” — “The Dictionary of Glass Paperweights”.

Lot 94 Johne Parsley bouquet with rose on cobalt ground paperweight

Lot 94 Johne Parsley bouquet with rose on cobalt ground paperweight

Lot 95 Andrew Byers 2005 flowers and berries two-sided bouquet paperweight

Lot 95 Andrew Byers 2005 flowers and berries two-sided bouquet paperweight

Lot 154 Mayauel Ward 1996 flower bouquet with pink bow paperweight

Lot 154 Mayauel Ward 1996 flower bouquet with pink bow paperweight

Lot 155 Akihiro Okama 2010 pink and purple flowers with butterfly paperweight

Lot 155 Akihiro Okama 2010 pink and purple flowers with butterfly paperweight

Lot 153 Randall Grubb 1989 violet bouquet paperweight

Lot 153 Randall Grubb 1989 violet bouquet paperweight

Lot 165 Eric Hansen 2006 snake and two blossoms paperweight

Lot 165 Eric Hansen 2006 snake and two blossoms paperweight

Lot 166 Richard Olma 1989 amethyst purple blossoms and green leaves magnum compound paperweight

Lot 166 Richard Olma 1989 amethyst purple blossoms and green leaves magnum compound paperweight

Lot 168 Joe Barker two red snake paperweight

Lot 168 Joe Barker two red snake paperweight

Lot 241 Joe Barker pink clematis paperweight

Lot 241 Joe Barker pink clematis paperweight

Lot 237 Jim Brown 2004 close packed millefiori paperweight

Lot 237 Jim Brown 2004 close packed millefiori paperweight

Lot 99 Debbie Tarsitano and Max Erlacher collaborative unicorn paperweight.

Lot 99 Debbie Tarsitano and Max Erlacher collaborative unicorn paperweight

On the opposite end of the spectrum, here are pieces that everyone will recognize:

Hollywood Star

If you would like to add a celebrity piece to your collection, we are offering a famous and glorious Satava “Moon Jellyfish” as Lot 164. Famous in the sense that two of its relatives appeared in the Marvel movie, “Guardians of the Galaxy”.

164 Guardians of the Galaxy Moon Jellyfish Satava

Famous Faces

Speaking of famous, Tutankhamen (Lot 203) and Sitting Bull (Lot 330) are also making an appearance in this auction.

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Only Every Four Years

You may think that we mean the US presidential elections, but we really mean the Summer Olympic Games. But since we want to practice a bit of worldly diplomacy here, we included a paperweight for the die-hard fans of each cycle.

Lot 219 Whitefriars 1976 Olympic garlands and torch faceted paperweight (40 years ago, 1976, was the Montreal Olympics, by the way)

Lot 219 Whitefriars 1976 Olympic garlands and torch faceted paperweight (40 years ago, 1976, was the Montreal Olympics, by the way)

Lot 240 Mike Hunter 2009 American flag surface design paperweight

Lot 240 Mike Hunter 2009 American flag surface design paperweight

You may have different needs than you did during our last auction.
Maybe you are looking for something with a different function.

Functional Related Objects

Not that we suggest that you use your precious paperweight related objects for any functional purposes, but these objects were indeed designed to add a touch of style to daily-task accouterments. Should you want to accessorize beyond your paperweight collection, or perhaps you already collect these objects, here are the related objects in this auction: inkwells, a candlestick, a Chinese snuff bottle, scent and perfume bottles, a tumbler, a ring holder, a frame of buttons and sculptures.

Lot 67 Rare vintage Baccarat Dupont millefiori inkwell

Lot 67 Rare vintage Baccarat Dupont millefiori inkwell

Lot 292 Perthshire Paperweights two-tiered millefiori faceted inkwell

Lot 292 Perthshire Paperweights two-tiered millefiori faceted inkwell

Lot 8 Antique Chinese enamel opium bottle

Lot 8 Antique Chinese enamel snuff bottle

Lot 193 Saint Louis 1979 millefiori and latticinio candlestick

Lot 193 Saint Louis 1979 millefiori and latticinio candlestick

Lot 11 Antique Venetian Franchini vertical scent bottle

Lot 11 Antique Venetian Franchini vertical scent bottle

Lot 280 William Manson 1999 strawberry and blossom perfume bottle

Lot 280 William Manson 1999 strawberry and blossom perfume bottle

Lot 326 Federici Designs 2005 pink perfume bottle

Lot 326 Federici Designs 2005 pink perfume bottle

Lot 235 Mike Hunter 2014 crossing lattice weave lattimo ribbons with red and blue ribbons tumbler

Lot 235 Mike Hunter 2014 crossing lattice weave lattimo ribbons with red and blue ribbons tumbler

Lot 246 Ronald Hansen magenta crimp rose ring hold

Lot 246 Ronald Hansen magenta crimp rose ring hold

Lot 329 Forty-two paperweight buttons, mounted as a grape cluster and framed

Lot 329 Forty-two paperweight buttons, mounted as a grape cluster and framed

Lot 59 Antique New England Glass Company hollow blown pear paperweight

Lot 59 Antique New England Glass Company hollow blown pear paperweight

Lot 264 Noble Effort 1987 latticinio crown hollow paperweight

Lot 264 Noble Effort 1987 latticinio crown hollow paperweight

Lot 120 Mike Hunter 2008 “Zanfirico Penguin” and egg sculpture. An exquisite example created for the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum exhibit “Big Ideas/Small Packages: Magnificent Glass Under 20” displayed November 1, 2008-February 21, 2009, in homage to the plight of the endangered penguins.

Lot 120 Mike Hunter 2008 “Zanfirico Penguin” and egg sculpture. An exquisite example created for the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum exhibit “Big Ideas/Small Packages: Magnificent Glass Under 20” displayed November 1, 2008-February 21, 2009, in homage to the plight of the endangered penguins.

For New Collectors

If you are a new collector and want to start reading about paperweights, have a look at Lot 336’s book offering. Call or email us if you would like the list of what is included, but we promise, it is extensive.

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However, the fun does not stop here…

Storytelling: Whimsical and Carefree

Jim D’Onofrio is an exceptional artist who stopped producing paperweights nearly a decade ago. The New Jersey native trained and worked with Paul Stankard in the 80’s, so you may notice some resemblance between D’Onofrio’s subjects and Stankard’s Root and Spirit People. He made paperweights on his own in the 90’s and early 2000’s after relocating to Carefree, AZ. You will find a nice timeline spread of his work in this auction where we decided to feature as many as 12 of his masterpieces. To quote Paul Dunlop’s Dictionary on page 123, “Jim’s creativity and sense of telling a story have added much to the art of glass paperweights. He is a superb lampworker whose imagination, when at his best, reminds us of long lost childhood memories or introduces us to worlds we have never seen.” We hope that you will find this to be true in these fairytales, desert scenes and vacation moments.

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Parliament of Owls

They suddenly appeared on various household products as icons, but icons to what, no one knows. You may know someone who had an owl themed wedding-shower or has owl pajamas or collects owl statuettes. You may revere the owl yourself. Well, you are in luck because there are owl paperweights too!

Lot 116 Rick Ayotte 1984 Artist Proof pair of owls paperweight

Lot 116 Rick Ayotte 1984 Artist Proof pair of owls paperweight

Lot 221 Whitefriars 1980 owl faceted paperweight

Lot 221 Whitefriars 1980 owl faceted paperweight

Lot 170 Jim D'Onofrio 2005 “Barn Owl and Full Moon” compound paperweight

Lot 170 Jim D’Onofrio 2005 “Barn Owl and Full Moon” compound paperweight

Lot 197 Saint Louis 1990 “Hibou” horned owl paperweight

Lot 197 Saint Louis 1990 “Hibou” horned owl paperweight

Rose Patch

Roses have appeared in paperweights since the paperweight’s classical period, which is not surprising given the historical and symbolic importance of roses in most cultures of the world. Still cultivated today and representing passion, beauty, domination over nature, among other things, you might find the rose selection in this auction the inspiration to start or continue your own ever-blooming rose patch.

Lot 6 Antique Baccarat “thousand petal” rose faceted paperweight

Lot 6 Antique Baccarat “thousand petal” rose faceted paperweight

Lot 20 Antique Clichy close concentric millefiori paperweight

Lot 20 Antique Clichy close concentric millefiori paperweight

Lot 90 David Graeber 2012 “Magaro” red roses in a round basket-cut paperweight. This paperweight was designed in honor of the former L.H. Selman gallery manager, Alexis Magaro.

Lot 90 David Graeber 2012 “Magaro” red roses in a round basket-cut paperweight. This paperweight was designed in honor of the former L.H. Selman gallery manager, Alexis Magaro.

Lot 92 Stankard Studio 2006 “Miniature Asian Rose” paperweight, by David Graeber

Lot 92 Stankard Studio 2006 “Miniature Asian Rose” paperweight, by David Graeber

Lot 100 Debbie Tarsitano pink rose faceted paperweight

Lot 100 Debbie Tarsitano pink rose faceted paperweight

Lot 105 Rick Ayotte 1992 “American Beauty” red rose bouquet paperweight

Lot 105 Rick Ayotte 1992 “American Beauty” red rose bouquet paperweight

Lot 131 Victor Trabucco 1986 two pink roses magnum paperweight

Lot 131 Victor Trabucco 1986 two pink roses magnum paperweight

Lot 135 Ray Banford pink cabbage rose on green aventurine ground faceted miniature paperweight

Lot 135 Ray Banford pink cabbage rose on green aventurine ground faceted miniature paperweight

Lot 151 Melissa Ayotte 2010 “Festive Bouquet” limited edition paperweight

Lot 151 Melissa Ayotte 2010 “Festive Bouquet” limited edition paperweight

Lot 157 Ken Rosenfeld 1993 pink rose on aqua ground faceted paperweight

Lot 157 Ken Rosenfeld 1993 pink rose on aqua ground faceted paperweight

Lot 199 Saint Louis 1991 “La rose de Renoir” rose faceted paperweight, from the Impressionnistes Collection

Lot 199 Saint Louis 1991 “La rose de Renoir” rose faceted paperweight, from the Impressionnistes Collection

Lot 266 Lundberg Studios 2005 “Peace Rose” paperweight, by Daniel Salazar

Lot 266 Lundberg Studios 2005 “Peace Rose” paperweight, by Daniel Salazar

Lot 249 Francis Whittemore pink crimp rose in a pedestal paperweight

Lot 249 Francis Whittemore pink crimp rose in a pedestal paperweight

Lot 187 Charles Kaziun Junior yellow crimp rose pedestal paperweight

Lot 187 Charles Kaziun Junior yellow crimp rose pedestal paperweight

Lot 163 Federici Designs 2003 red crimp rose pedestal paperweight, by Richard Federici

Lot 163 Federici Designs 2003 red crimp rose pedestal paperweight, by Richard Federici

My Heart Will Go On

Tis the season of love (spring will be rolling around any minute now, or at least we hope) and if you are thinking romantic thoughts and are not keen on roses, we did include some more literal love themed paperweights.

Lot 208 Baccarat 1976 Gridel lovebirds and patterned millefiori paperweight

Lot 208 Baccarat 1976 Gridel lovebirds and patterned millefiori paperweight

Lot 259 Andrew Fote “The Seeker” copper figure on purple heart-shaped paperweight

Lot 259 Andrew Fote “The Seeker” copper figure on purple heart-shaped paperweight

Lot 261 Smallhouse Art Glass 2002 “Rite of Spring - Green Leopard Frogs” paperwei

Lot 261 Smallhouse Art Glass 2002 “Rite of Spring – Green Leopard Frogs” paperweight

Lot 272 Orient & Flume 1982 fantasy flowers with perching doves surface design paperweight, by Ed Seaira

Lot 272 Orient & Flume 1982 fantasy flowers with perching doves surface design paperweight, by Ed Seaira

Lot 325 Caithness Glass (1991) “Twin Hearts” millefiori paperweight, by Colin Terris

Lot 325 Caithness Glass (1991) “Twin Hearts” millefiori paperweight, by Colin Terris

The Best Things…

Come in small packages and that is no different for paperweights! That is why we always sprinkle a few of those in our auctions.

Lot 22 Outstanding Antique Saint Louis pink dahlia miniature paperweight

Lot 22 Outstanding Antique Saint Louis pink dahlia miniature paperweight

Lot 41 Antique Baccarat dated 1847 close packed millefiori miniature paperweight

Lot 41 Antique Baccarat dated 1847 close packed millefiori miniature paperweight

Lot 45 Antique Clichy blue and white swirl miniature paperweight

Lot 45 Antique Clichy blue and white swirl miniature paperweight

Lot 46 Antique Clichy spaced concentric millefiori miniature paperweight

Lot 46 Antique Clichy spaced concentric millefiori miniature paperweight

Lot 49 Antique Clichy spaced concentric millefiori with central rose miniature paperw

Lot 49 Antique Clichy spaced concentric millefiori with central rose miniature paperweight

Lot 103 Rick Ayotte 1989 pink cabbage rose petite paperweight

Lot 103 Rick Ayotte 1989 pink cabbage rose petite paperweight

Lot 137 Bob Banford pink double clematis and garland faceted miniature paperweight

Lot 137 Bob Banford pink double clematis and garland faceted miniature paperweight

Lot 191 Charles Kaziun Junior yellow spotted green snake and rope rose paperweight

Lot 191 Charles Kaziun Junior yellow spotted green snake and rope rose paperweight

Lot 230 Drew Ebelhare 1998 spaced millefiori green stave basket miniature paperweight

Lot 230 Drew Ebelhare 1998 spaced millefiori green stave basket miniature paperweight

Lot 234 Drew Ebelhare 1997 spaced concentric millefiori miniature paperweight

Lot 234 Drew Ebelhare 1997 spaced concentric millefiori miniature paperweight

Lot 328 Chinese trio of primroses faceted paperweight

Lot 328 Chinese trio of primroses faceted paperweight

Perthshire Paperweights (1977) Damson plums faceted miniature paperweight

Perthshire Paperweights (1977) Damson plums faceted miniature paperweight

Perthshire Paperweights 1978 concentric millefiori faceted miniature paperweight

Perthshire Paperweights 1978 concentric millefiori faceted miniature paperweight

Perthshire Paperweights 1999 “Small Bouquet” of flowers faceted miniature

Perthshire Paperweights 1999 “Small Bouquet” of flowers faceted miniature paperweight

Perthshire Paperweights (1985-1997) concentric millefiori fluted miniature paperweight

Perthshire Paperweights (1985-1997) concentric millefiori fluted miniature paperweight

There are more beautiful antiques, amazing Paul Stankard and Chris Buzzini botanicals, avians of all types for bird lovers, limited edition Perthshires and other Scottish treasures that we just cannot fit here, yet they are no less deserving of your attention. Everything that is included in our auctions is worthy of attention. We enjoy hearing from you and discussing what is worthy of your attention, so do not hesitate to make contact by phone, email or through bidding in the auction to share with us what it is that you appreciate in a paperweight!
Excerpts and references from the Paperweight Collectors Association Bulletins 1991, 1992 and “The Dictionary of Glass Paperweights” by Paul H. Dunlop.