L.H. SELMAN GALLERY PAPERWEIGHT AUCTION A HUGE SUCCESS!
GOING ONCE (to the collection of famous Chicagoans including Arthur Rubloff and the Potter Palmers), GOING TWICE (to the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, SOLD! to a lucky bidder who now owns a piece of Chicago history
L.H. Selman, Chicago, the world’s premier dealer of fine art glass paperweights, hosted a live auction in Chicago this past Saturday, with bidders worldwide, online, by phone or absentee bid, selling close to 400 works of glass art originally owned by Arthur Rubloff, the Potter Palmers, Ella Grace Burdick and Lucy K. Kretchmer, and until several days ago, held in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. The combined hammer price for each paperweight sold by the Art Institute of Chicago will be given to the museum for the purchase of artwork. 100% of the net profits from the buyers’ premiums will be donated to the Glass Paperweight Foundation for their discretionary use to provide scholarships and purchase equipment for artists who are in need.
Buyers from as far away as Munich Germany were attendance at this standing room only event. It was a rare opportunity for enthusiasts to purchase paperweights that were created during the coveted classical period (1845-1860) in France at Baccarat, Clichy and Saint-Louis, as well as many outstanding examples of contemporary art. The offerings exceeded the expectations of all attendees, some of whom traveled from Canada and all over the USA to attend. Online and phone bidders participated worldwide.
There has been renewed interest in the delicate art of the paperweight since the redesigned Arthur Rubloff Paperweight Gallery, showcasing more than 800 paperweights, reopened in 2012. It is one of the most visited galleries in the Art Institute. Many of the paperweights presented at auction were near duplicates of those on display.
For more information about L.H. Selman and future auctions on the calendar, please call (312) 583-1177 or visit www.theglassgallery.com.