Modern Glass Handmade paperweight

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Modern Glass Handmade paperweight, credit Antiche Curiosità©

 

Large Modern Glass Handmade paperweight, cm. 14 x 5. weight 800 gr.

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Modern Glass Handmade paperweight, credit Antiche Curiosità©

 

Large Modern Glass Handmade paperweight, cm. 14 x 5. weight 800 gr.

Large Modern Glass Handmade paperweight, cm. 14 x 5. weight 800 gr.

Decorative glass paperweights fit easily into the hand and are actually meant to be handled and viewed from various directions through the dome, which acts like a lens to make the design change in its appearance with its movements in an attractive way. A magnifying glass is often used to gain appreciation of the fine detail of the work within.

They have a flat or slightly concave base on which they stably rest, and a domed top, which may be faceted or cut. The glass is usually lead glass. The dome may be coated with one or more thin layers of colored glass, and have windows cut through it to reveal the interior motif. The exact shape or profile of the dome varies somewhat from one artist or factory to another, but in fine examples will be tuned to the subject within to show it off to best advantage. The base may be frosted, but is more often polished. They may also be cut in one of several variations. Star-cut bases have a multi-pointed star, while a diamond cut base has grooves cut in a criss-cross pattern. A footed weight has a flange in the base.

The ground on which the inner parts rest may be clear or colored, made of unfused sand, or resemble lace (latticinio).[3]

Paperweights are made by sole artisans, and in factories where many artists and technicians collaborate. Both may produce inexpensive as well as “collector” weights. Workmanship, design, rarity, and condition determine the value of a paperweight. They range in price from a few dollars to a record $258,500 once paid for an antique French weight.[4] Antique weights, of which perhaps 10,000 or so survive (mostly in museums[citation needed], generally appreciate steadily in value[citation needed]. The record price paid for a fine paperweight has risen from $2,200 in 1941 to $258,500 in 1990. [5]

Visible flaws, such as bubbles, striations and scratches affect the value. Glass should not have a yellow or greenish cast, and there should be no unintentional asymmetries, or unevenly spaced or broken elements. Generally, larger weights are more costly and desirable. In a modern piece, an identifying mark and date are imperative.

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