John Deacons 2016 close packed millefiori stave basket with five-layer overlay faceted paperweight.
Rick Ayotte 2015 Artist Proof “Sunrise in the Meadow” Glasscape magnum paperweight.
Mike Hunter 2016 nesting triangles patterned millefiori paperweight.
David Graeber 2016 botanical in wine red cube paperweight.
Cathy Richardson 2015 "Frog Gossip Group" paperweight.
Lovely antique Baccarat looped garland and rose cane paperweight.
Antique New England Glass Company red, white and blue crown with a running rabbit paperweight.
Antique Saint Louis close concentric millefiori paperweight.
L.H. Selman Ltd. is presiding over a landmark auction of close to 400 unique fine art glass paperweights sold by the Art Institute of Chicago. These artworks have been in the personal collections of some of this city’s most important citizenry and over the years the pieces have all made their way into the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Each of these paperweights has at one time belonged to one of the following ardent collectors: Arthur Rubloff, Potter and Mrs. Palmer, Ella Grace Brown Burdick, and Lucy B. Kretchmer. The majority of the works being offered were created during the coveted classical period (c.1845-1860) in France. There are also wonderful examples in the auction of Scottish and American paperweights from the last two centuries that these collectors owned and admired.... READ MORE
We are pleased to bring you “The Art of The Paperweight” by Lawrence H. Selman. We are now making these important books available online, as a free service to the paperweight community, and for all the newcomers who we hope will begin to share our passion for fine glass art paperweights. Here is a brief excerpt, please read and share as you see fit.
“I admire glass paperweights primarily because they are the culmination of some 2,000 years of glassmaking artistry and experimentation. When one looks at paperweights in terms of the history of glassmaking, one realizes that there is little that makes them unique. The workmanship in a millefiori paperweight, for example, is no better than that perfected for the production of inlay plaques in ancient Alexandria... READ MORE
— by Elysabeth Alfano, Huffington Post
“Paperweights? Yes, paperweights! If you can't really envision what they are (or why), you are in luck. The Art Institute of Chicago, which houses one of the largest paperweight collections in the world, is more than doubling its permanent Rubloff Paperweight Exhibit from 341 to more than 800 paperweights. For the first time ever, the museum, which has many very rare, antique examples of the art form, will also dedicate a space to contemporary paperweights... READ MORE