L.H. Selman Ltd. is pleased to announce a rare opportunity for you to meet Michael Hunter, an exceptional artist and master craftsman in the glass art field.  Mike and Sue, his wife and studio partner, of TWISTS GLASS STUDIO of Scotland, will be in Chicago and available for 1 day, April 22.  We invite you to join us at the L.H. Selman Ltd. Gallery of Fine Glass Paperweights to meet them and enjoy a presentation by the award-winning glassmaker (sorry- no demonstrations that afternoon). The Hunters will also be exhibiting new paperweights and glasswork.

No Admission Charge. Refreshments will be served.

Read more about Mike and Sue Hunter and Twists Glass Studio on our website: Twists Glass Studio Bio

WHO:            Mike and Susan Hunter of Twists Glass Studio
WHAT:           Lecture/Conversation and Presentation of newly arrived works
WHEN:          Saturday, April 221- 4 p.m.
WHERE:        L.H. Selman Gallery, 410 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL. 60605
WHY:             Because You Deserve It!

 QUESTIONS: Please Contact Paul or Molly at 312-583-1177 or 800-538-0766

Master Glass Artist

Mike Hunter 2015 “Devo” magnum paperweight. In honor of the proposed Scottish secession of 2014, two three-dimensional lizards, each made from astonishing compilations of murrini faces, climb across a large red, white and blue orb draped on one side with the British flag and on the other with that of Scotland. Edition #1 of 1. Signature cane. Signed. Diameter 4 1/4″.

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As the world fixates on politics and current events, we need to take a moment and remember what is truly important in life. We need a cause we can ALL get behind— a movement worth all the letters and phone calls and late night tweets you can muster – and a communal quest that can reunite this great country in the process.

That’s right – we need to see Paperweights on our United States Postal Service stamps. Lick it Loud and Stick it Proud! (Sorry about that – but you get the idea!)

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Here are some ideas from the Selman archives for what all our beautiful glass treasures could look like, spreading the word about Glass Paperweights – that most complex and rewarding of glass art forms, the old-fashioned way – on letters!

Why, this could reignite an interest in penmanship all by itself, and it has been shown through testing that intellectual development is aided by the hand-eye-mind coordination that is involved in the “simple” act of writing.  So how about it?  Let’s salvage the cognition and coordination of our grade school students starting right now, and in the process put beautiful images of paperweights in front of everyone who can still read!  Drop us a line with your thoughts and ideas! http://www.theglassgallery.com/

And don’t forget to call your elected representatives!

We have to Stick Together!

The Perils of Purchasing a Perfect Paperweight!

Would you kill for your Queen? Or King?  How about for a likeness of her— A sulphide encased in fine crystal?  Would you steal from a trusted relative?

Would you kill an old gentleman in a retirement village simply for the view from his room, and steal his single remaining rare antique paperweight as a trophy?

Antique collecting in general and antique paperweights specifically conjure up a sense of the gentle and refined, a rarified world of polite manners and erudition.  Images of paddles raised silently at Sotheby’s, Christies, and yes, L.H. Selman.  (Wait – did you miss our historic auction of paperweights from the Art Institute of Chicago this past September where the bidding flew fast and furious?).  For information on selling at our auctions contact http://www.theglassgallery.com/sell-paperweights/

To see the offerings of our current auction, #65, Winter, 2017, go to www.selman.com/auction.

So, with all that veneer of elegant manners and good breeding it’s good to be reminded from time to time that art collectors are people too!  Just because someone has the aesthetic sense to acquire rare Clichy, Saint Louis and Baccarat crystal paperweights from either our Michigan Avenue gallery in Chicago, or from our thrice-yearly auctions, doesn’t mean that they only read Shakespeare.  In fact, if they are devotees of the Bard, it is actually much more likely that they have room in their hearts for “murder most foul.”  Maybe you shouldn’t be showing off your “to die for” collection of fine glass paperweights to too many people!

Reinforcing this notion of being a little careful with your rare and antique concentric millefiori, mushrooms, torsade twists, crown swirls, royal sulphides, tri-color bouquets and quatrefoil garlands—all caressed into little domes of heated fine crystal—are a few volumes on our library shelves that some of you may not be aware of, and a couple of them were published by our own Paperweight Press! See all our available publications at http://www.theglassgallery.com/ Read and learn!

Unfortunately, L.H. Selman has sold out of these titles, but they are certainly worth looking out for as charming gifts to high-minded lovers of fine glass who might not otherwise become aware of the sinister possibilities that can arise, when the love of collectible paperweights is taken too far…

P.G. Wodehouse is a household name in the literary world, regarded by many to be the finest comic author of his time.  In the Purloined Paperweight, (originally published in 1967 and reprinted by Mr. Larry Selman in 1986, Wodehouse leads us on a delightful romp through the world of human foibles wrapped in a mystery over a missing antique paperweight.

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The other Paperweight Press offering, The Curse of the Imperial Paperweights (1995) comes from one of the most respected collectors and authorities in the field, Mr. George N. Kulles.  The author did extensive biographical research into the lives of many of the world’s best-known and historically important collectors, and wove their stories and collections into a lively and informative entertainment that begins its narrative at Sotheby’s, Chicago and weaves through several generations of paperweight lovers, all of whom made their marks on history.

The Curse of the Imperial Paperweights | Glass Paperweight

The Curse of the Imperial Paperweights | Glass Paperweight

The third title, The Weight of Death (2016), is by Nicky Stratton and addresses the aforementioned black heart who just might have murdered an old man in hopes of getting his apartment and who takes his rare paperweight as a trophy!

The Weight of Death | Glass Paperweight

Maybe you should read these in a locked room— with your weights tucked round you…