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Contemporary American Paperweights for Sale


The glass paperweights on this page are by contemporary American makers.  I am using it to list paperweights were I have only a few examples for sale by the maker.  Be sure to check out my other pages for specific makers such as Charles Kaziun , St. Clair, Degenhart , and Gentile Glass.

If you would like to purchase any of these paperweights, e-mail me at: aport@paperweights.com
 
 
3491 Early Paul Stankard Compound Meadow Wreath Floral Paperweight.  undated 1972-1987.  This paperweight features an advanced Meadow Wreath study with two yellow flowers, well defined variegated green leaves, stems, an elaborate root system, seed pod, and the hint of the circle of life.  The ground is a wine color with a base color of light blue.  It is signed on the base with an early "S" signature cane.  This is an amazing early example with many of the features that would later define the best of Paul Stankard's work.

According to Paul Stankard, the Meadow Wreath is a stylized imaginary flower.  Most of his examples have a five petal yellow flower, but this piece experimented with a more full bodied many petaled flower.  Paul did several studies utilizing this flower as a concept starting about 1972.  When I sent Paul pictures of this paperweight, he responded "This piece is interesting and predicts elaborate root systems and seed pods. I'm not sure of the date maybe late seventies instead of the mid-eighties."

Note:  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the light.

Paul Joseph Stankard is considered to be the father of modern glass paperweights.  He has a degree in Scientific Glassblowing from the Salem Vocational Technical Institute (now Salem Community College) in Salem, New Jersey and worked for ten years as a glassblower making scientific instruments for various chemical laboratories before turning his attention to creating glass art.  He made his first paperweights in 1968 focusing on a realistic replication of nature.  Today he is one of the premier lampwork artists and has shared his knowledge with many other fine glass artists.  Paul's studio is in Mantua, NJ.  His work is on display at over 60 museums worldwide and there are several excellent books on this artist. 

Medium Size:   Just under 2 7/16" diameter by just under 1 1/2" tall.  The paperweight has a flat profile.  The base is ground concave.  
Signature:    Signed signed with a light blue "S" signature cane on the base.  This cane was in use during the early to mid 1980s, but Paul says the paperweight may date from the late 1970s.  
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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Base
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SOLD.    

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Early Paul Stankard Compound Meadow Wreath Floral Paperweight
2609 Magnum Parabelle Glass 1995 Limited Edition Patterned Millefiori Garland Paperweight with Pansy and Clichy Rose Canes on a Lace Ground.  dated 1995 This paperweight has a complex pattern of millefiori consisting of two concentric rings of complex canes surrounded by eight smaller rings.  The larger rings have a magnificent red and green Clichy style rose cane in the center, surrounded by a ring of moss canes, and then an alternating pattern of eight blue pansy canes and eight red flower canes.  Each of the eight smaller rings has a yellow and white Clichy style rose cane in the center surrounded by red, blue, and green canes.  The design is placed on a white lace ground.  The paperweight is signed on the base with an engraved signature "Parabelle Glass 1995 three of ten", which makes this one of the smaller limited edition designs.  It does not have a paper label.  There are some minor striations (also called sugaring) in the glass visible in bright light (see side view).  A wonderful paperweight with great color.

Note:  Please ignore the white areas in the pictures caused by the light.

Parabelle Glass was a small company created in 1981 by Gary and Doris Scrutton in Portland, Oregon.  High quality paperweights were made in small quantities from 1983 to 1998 when they retired.  Their best weights are some of the finest ever made, comparing favorably to the best classical French paperweights.  Most designs were produced in limited editions of 10 to 25 paperweights, although some editions were larger.  They also made some one of a kind paperweights.  Doris passed away in 2013 and Gary followed in 2014. 

After the Scruttons retired in 1998, their daughter Julie Scrutton Lewis made some paperweights and jewelry using Parabelle millefiori canes. 

Very Large Size:  3 1/2" diameter by 2 1/2" high.  The base is ground concave.  
Signature: Signed on the base with an engraved signature "Parabelle Glass 1995 three of ten".  It does not have a paper label.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no damage found, no chips, cracks, or scratches.  Minor striations in the glass show up in bright light.  

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Side view
Base
Another closeup
$1,500 postage paid in the US.    US Sales Only          

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Magnum Parabelle Glass 1995 Limited Edition Patterned Millefiori Garland Paperweight with Pansy and Clichy Rose Canes on a Lace Ground
5165 Magnum James Wilbat Large Underwater Scene Paperweight with Coral, Starfish, Twistscirca 1980-2010.  This large paperweight features a rugged underwater surface with ridges and crevices filled with glass objects of all sorts.  There is a starfish, whorled beads, twists, and millefiori slices.  The colors range from green to blue to brown with some dichroic glass also.  It looks different every time you look at it.  It is signed on the side near the base "James Wilbat" and there is also a code that I can't fully decipher, "KOG WPW 002 ??? 06".  Perhaps the last part is a date code.  My description can't match the beauty of this paperweight.  Worthy of any collection of glass.  

James Wilbat was introduced to glassblowing while studying ceramics at the Illinois State University (Normal), where he earned a BS in Fine Arts (1977).  He then continued his glass education and earned an MFA in Design from the University of Kansas (Lawrence) in 1980.  Since graduating, Wilbat has continued to develop his personal style and manage his own glass business.  He currently works out of his own studio in Deerfield, Illinois.  He has received many awards for his work and can be found in a number of museum and private collections.  

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 1/2" diameter by 3 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches were found. 
Signature:  Signed on the side near the base "James Wilbat" and there is also an illegible code "KOG WPW 002 ??? 06".

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Side view
Profile
Top view
Another view
$185 postage paid in the US.   

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Magnum James Wilbat Large Underwater Scene Paperweight with Coral, Starfish, Twists
3038 Large David and Jon Trabucco Pink and Turquoise Bouquet Paperweight with Engraved Exterior.  dated 1989.  This paperweight consists of two large pink flowers with four buds and a bunch of smaller turquoise flowers.  There are also green stems and leaves.  The paperweight is frosted with a clear top facet.  There are four engravings in the frosted exterior.  It is signed on the base "Trabucco 1989 DJ".  There is also a "T" signature cane on the underside of a leaf.  A great paperweight.

Twin brothers David and Jon Trabucco learned glass working under the direction of their father, the accomplished glass artist Victor Trabucco.  When they first started out, David made the floral setups and Jon did the encasement and cutting, but over time they both became involved in all aspects of paperweight production. They are now accomplished glass artists in their own right and continue to work with Victor at the large Trabucco Glass Studio in Clarence, NY.  

Large Size:   Just under 2 15/16" diameter by just over 2" high.  The base is ground slightly concave. 
Signature:  Signed "Trabucco 1989 DJ" on the base. There is also a "T" signature cane on the underside of a leaf. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 

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Profile View
Engraved Signature plus Signature Cane
Side view showing one of the four engraved flowers
Second engraving
Third engraving
Fourth engraving
$395 postage paid in the US.    

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Large David and Jon Trabucco Pink and Turquoise Bouquet Paperweight with Engraved Exterior
4736 Chris Sherwin Art Glass Black-Capped Chickadee Paperweight.  dated 2017.  This black-capped chickadee paperweight is a wonderful example of Chris Sherwin's recent work.  The figural paperweight was created for a meeting of the Founders Chapter of the National American Glass Club.  It is signed on the base "Sherwin Art Glass 2017".

The black-capped chickadee is the state bird of Massachusetts and of Maine in the United States, and the provincial bird of New Brunswick in Canada.

Chris Sherwin has worked in glass for 25 years, specializing in designs inspired by nature.  Almost all of his work involves some aspect of torchwork decoration applied to the surface or encased torchwork creations.  He makes his own glass and canes in his environmentally conscious hydro-powered studio.  Chris studied glassblowing at Southern Connecticut State University and apprenticed at Simon Pearce.  He also spent seven years at Orient & Flume Art Glass, an internationally renowned glass studio in Chico, CA known for their iridescent vases, intricate paperweights, and torchwork designs.  At O&F he was able to create designs of his own and collaborative pieces that earned him a separate section in the O&F retail showroom. He opened his own studio in Bellows Falls, VT in 2005 and makes a variety of paperweights, vessels, animal sculptures, seasonal themed and other objects. 

Size:  3 7/8" long by 1 3/4" wide by 2 11/16" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature: Signed on the base "Sherwin Art Glass 2017". 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches.

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Other side
Base with signature
Back
Profile
Front
$85 postage paid in the US. 

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Chris Sherwin Art Glass Black-Capped Chickadee Paperweight
5060 Large Parabelle Glass 1990 Limited Edition Looped Millefiori Garland on Opaque Blue Ground Paperweight.  Dated 1990 This paperweight has a hexafoil six-looped garland of alternating pink pastry mold canes and white edelweiss canes.  There is a pastry type green cane in the center of each loop and another larger cane in the center of the design.  All of the canes are pressed into an opaque blue ground in the style of Clichy color ground paperweights.  The paperweight is signed with a "PB 1990" cane in the design and also has a worn silver label with two bells, "PARABELLE GLASS Rings True HANDMADE IN USA" on the base.  This paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 75 paperweights, but there are no edition markings on the paperweight.  A wonderful paperweight with great color.

Note:  Please ignore the white areas in the pictures caused by the light.

Parabelle Glass was a small company created in 1981 by Gary and Doris Scrutton in Portland, Oregon.  High quality paperweights were made in small quantities from 1983 to 1998 when they retired.  Their best weights are some of the finest ever made, comparing favorably to the best classical French paperweights.  Most designs were produced in limited editions of 10 to 25 paperweights, although some editions were larger.  They also made some one of a kind paperweights.  Doris passed away in 2013 and Gary followed in 2014. 

After the Scruttons retired in 1998, their daughter Julie Scrutton Lewis made some paperweights and jewelry using Parabelle millefiori canes. 

Large Size:  Just under 2 7/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is ground concave.  
Signature: Signed in the design with a signature cane "PB 1990".  This paperweight also has a worn silver label on the base that has a drawing of two bells and the text "PARABELLE GLASS Rings True HANDMADE IN USA"  
Condition:  Excellent condition with minor wear on the base but no other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection. 

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Close-up view 
Profile view 
Silver label on base 
Signature cane in design
Base
$650 postage paid in the US.    

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Large Parabelle Glass 1990 Limited Edition Looped Millefiori Garland on Opaque Blue Ground Paperweight
5161 Robert Eickholt 1991 Magnum Reptile Series Abstract Paperweight.   dated 1991.  This paperweight has an abstract design with six large controlled bubbles and two rows of smaller bubbles.  The iridescent colors progress in layers from light blue to dark blue.  This style has been given the name "Reptile Series" because the imagery resembles a reptilian skin.  It is signed "Eickholt 1991" on the base.  Extra large and dramatic. 

Note:  The brown color in the pictures is a reflection.  It does not appear in the paperweight.

Robert Eickholt has been making glass paperweights since 1978 when he founded Eickholt Glass in Columbus, Ohio.  His designs often make use of precious metals such as gold and silver, and rare oxides such as cobalt and copper.  In later paperweights by Eickholt the design moved to the interior and veiling techniques began to appear.  He retired in 2013. 

Very Large Size:  Irregular shape, it is 3 7/16" wide by just over 3 3/4" high by 2 1/8" deep.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature: Signed "Eickholt 1991" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No damage found on inspection. 

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Signature on base
View of back
$185 postage paid in the US.  

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Robert Eickholt 1991 Magnum Reptile Series Abstract Paperweight
3409 Early Correia Iridescent Surface Decorated Dogwoods Paperweight.   dated 1981.  This paperweight features three silver and blue dogwood flowers with stylized stems on the surface of an iridescent silver paperweight.  The flowers have red centers. It is signed on the base "Correia IFCL.4.81.4".  An amazing paperweight.  

Please ignore the white glare from the lights. 

Steven Valentine Correia received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Hawaii in 1972.  He earned a masters in art degree from UCLA and then a second masters degree in fine art from the University of Hawaii.  He was drawn to sculpture and design.  Steven founded Correia Art Glass in 1973, along with a business partner Roger Roland.  It was one of the first privately owned art glass studios to spearhead the Art Glass Movement in the early 1970’s, creating a new American market for contemporary decorative arts.  The company continued to operate under the artistic guidance of Steven Correia until 1987.  The studio is located in Santa Monica, California and is currently operated by Steven Correia's children Algerine Correia and Jeffrey Correia.

In 1987 Steven Correia left Correia Art Glass and founded Correia Crystal in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he focuses his attention on creating sculptural objects.  He also has an interest in large-scale environmental kinetic light sculpture as well as his audio and visual performance art.  Roger Roland withdrew from the partnership in 1975 and established his own independent Roland Art Glass studio in Ketchum, Idaho. 

Additional note on signatures:  The history of Correia is confusing because some of the early paperweights and other art glass were signed "Roland R. Correia".  There are some sites on the internet that give Roger Roland credit for the early paperweights.  The paperweight in the MMA collection is identified as being by Roger Roland Correia.  This is incorrect.  There was no such person.  The signature was misleading.  It was a signature used by the partnership.  It is also possible to find paperweights signed "Roland".  These are distinctly different from the style of Correia Art Glass paperweights.

Large Size:  Just over 3" diameter by 2 11/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Signature:    Signed on the base "Correia IFCL.4.81.4". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches. 

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Side view
Top view
Signature on base
Base
$125 postage paid in the US.   

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Early Correia Iridescent Surface Decorated Dogwoods Paperweight
5113 Chris Sherwin Art Glass Miniature White Flower with Buds and Ladybug Paperweight.  dated 2019.  This is a wonderful example of Chris Sherwin's recent new work.  This tiny paperweight features a magnificent three-dimensional white flower with  three buds, green foliage, and a ladybug.  The design is placed on an opaque tomato red ground.  It is signed on the base "Sherwin Art Glass 2019". 

Chris Sherwin has worked in glass for 25 years, specializing in designs inspired by nature.  Almost all of his work involves some aspect of torchwork decoration applied to the surface or encased torchwork creations.  He makes his own glass and canes in his environmentally conscious hydro-powered studio.  Chris studied glassblowing at Southern Connecticut State University and apprenticed at Simon Pearce.  He also spent seven years at Orient & Flume Art Glass, an internationally renowned glass studio in Chico, CA known for their iridescent vases, intricate paperweights, and torchwork designs.  At O&F he was able to create designs of his own and collaborative pieces that earned him a separate section in the O&F retail showroom. He opened his own studio in Bellows Falls, VT in 2005 and makes a variety of paperweights, vessels, animal sculptures, seasonal themed and other objects. 

Miniature Size:  1 9/16" diameter by 1 1/4" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature: Signed on the base "Sherwin Art Glass 2019". 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches. 

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Closeup
Base with signature
Side
Profile
SOLD.                                               Added 2/19/2019  

For more paperweights by contemporary American paperweight makers, see my Contemporary American Paperweights Web Page.

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Chris Sherwin Art Glass Miniature White Flower with Buds and Ladybug Paperweight
4735 Wonderful Cape Cod Glass Works 1992 Signed Millefiori Scramble Paperweight.   dated 1992.  Colorful scramble paperweight packed with a variety of millefiori canes and twist canes.  The paperweight includes a signature cane and two of William Burchfield's unique rose canes.  The signature cane is a distorted Cape Cod Glass Works 1992 date cane "CCGW 92".  A colorful example by this talented artist. 

Although many people collect scramble paperweights for their own merit, scrambles are also valuable tools for learning to identify the different colors and canes used by each factory.

Note:  The picture does not do justice to this paperweight.  Ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights. 

The Cape Cod Glass Works was operated by William Clark Burchfield in Sagamore, Massachusetts from 1976 to 2000.  It then continued briefly in Crossville, Tennessee until 2001.  Bill Burchfield died in 2012.  Bill's son Mark was also at the glass works until 1998.  Bill started making paperweights at Pairpoint Glass in 1970.

Medium Size:   2 9/16” diameter by 2” high.  The bottom is ground concave with a remnant of the pontil mark in the center.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips, or cracks found on inspection.  It has a remnant of the pontil mark in the center of the base.
Signature:  This paperweight has two of Bill Burchfield's rose canes and also has a distorted "CCGW 92" cane. 

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Side view
Base
CCGW 92 signature cane (distorted)
Top view
SOLD.     

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Wonderful Cape Cod Glass Works 1992 Signed Millefiori Scramble Paperweight
4904 Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 1992 Rose Vine Paperweight Perfume Bottle.  dated 1992.  This elegant paperweight perfume bottle features six deep red roses with dark green leaves on vines at the top of a gracefully shaped bottle.  The vines wrap around the lip of the bottle.  There is a ball stopper extending into the bottle.  Signed and dated on the edge near the base "Daniel Salazar 0714100 Lundberg Studios 1992".  A great three dimensional design that is hard to find.

Note:  Please ignore the white areas in the pictures caused by the light.

Daniel Salazar is one of the lead gaffers at Lundberg Studios in Davenport, California and is their primary paperweight designer and maker.  He joined Lundberg in 1975.   The studio was founded by James Lundberg in the early 1970s.  Steven Lundberg joined shortly later.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in an accident in 1991.  Steven left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio.  He died from ALS in 2008.   Each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios is signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist. 

Large Size:    3" diameter by 5 5/8" tall with the stopper.  It is 4 3/16" tall without the stopper.  The bottom is ground concave with a remnant of pontil mark in the center. 
Signature: Signed on the side near the base "Daniel Salazar 0714100 Lundberg Studios 1992".
Condition:  Excellent condition.  I found one faint 1/8" scratch on the side of the ball part of the stopper.  There is also a tiny bit (1/16" or less) of white glass or debris in the ball (not damage). No other flaws found on inspection.   

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Closeup view
Another View
Signature
Another view
And one more view
$395 postage paid in the US.     

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Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 1992 Rose Vine Paperweight Perfume Bottle
5166 Large Robert Burch Ocean Turbulence Paperweight.  dated 1992.  This paperweight is reminiscent of the ocean and aquatic forms, with a turbulent waves and interesting bubble patterns.  The ground is a mix of light and dark translucent blue glass, with increasing darkness towards the base.  On the surface are four large bubbles, each surrounded by a treelike lifeform and many tiny controlled bubbles.  The entire design is surrounded by more controlled bubbles on the outer edge.  This paperweight is signed with "Burch 92" engraved on the base.

Note:  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the light.

Robert Burch has been working in blown glass since 1971.  His glasswork consists of vases, perfume bottles, paperweights and sculptural pieces.  He is best known for works that incorporate veiled silver glass with delicate bubble patterns.  Some of his paperweights incorporate delicate lines of controlled bubbles sometimes called "necklaces of pearls".  His studio is located Putney, VT. 

Large Size:  2 15/16" high by 2 3/4" high.  The base has been ground flat. 
Signature:  Engraved on the base "Burch 92". 
Condition:  Excellent with no scratches, chips, or cracks found on inspection.   

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Top view
Another side view
SOLD.        

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Large Robert Burch Ocean Turbulence Paperweight
968 Fantastic Charles Kaziun Jr. Checkerboard (Chequer) Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1960-1980.  This is a fantastic Charles Kaziun Jr. chequer millefiori paperweight with nine complex millefiori canes spaced out and divided by a grid of gold aventurine on a translucent dark burgundy turquoise ground.  The central cane is a wonderful complex rose cane.  There is also a heart cane and shamrock cane.  One of the other canes has a shamrock in the center.  This paperweight is signed on be base with Kaziun's gold "K".  Kaziun chequer paperweights are hard to find.  This will make a wonderful addition to any collection of Kaziun paperweights. 

A similar weight was in the Spring 2003 Selman catalog with a $1700 to $2000 estimate.  I am offering this paperweight at the lower end of that estimate and will consider serious offers.

Charles Kaziun Jr. was one of the most famous of the American paperweight artists.   He is often credited with contributing to the rebirth of interest in paperweight making.  He made paperweights from the 1940s until his death in 1992.  His weights are usually signed with a gold K or a special millefiori cane containing a K.   Charles Kaziun Jr.'s son, Charles Kaziun III is also a paperweight maker and signs his weight with a silver "K" on the base.  You can read about Charles Kaziun Jr. in many books, including:

Small Size: 2 1/8" diameter by just over 1 7/16" high.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with Kaziun's gold K on the base.
Condition: Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There are some small bubbles in the design.

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Gold "K" on Base
Side View
Base

$1,595 postage paid in the US.     

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Fantastic Charles Kaziun Jr. Checkerboard (Chequer) Millefiori Paperweight
5158 Large Josh Simpson Inhabited Planet Paperweight with Blue Spaceship.  dated 1994.  The basic theme of the inhabited planet series is that a new planet has been discovered with interesting features inviting exploration.  There is a dark blue sometimes almost black ocean with dense green continents and interesting multi-colored structures rising above the surface.  Some structures, possibly man made, require further exploration.  There is a blue ribbon shaped spaceship on its way to investigate.  Signed on the base "Simpson 1994" and the number "1-230".  This is a work of astonishing depth and intricate beauty. 

Note on white glare:  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights.

Josh Simpson has been making magical glass objects including paperweights for over 40 years.  He has long had a fascination with space exploration and is married to Astronaut Cady Coleman.  He is a graduate of Hamilton College and has his own glass studio in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.  He focuses on creating objects with a range of color, form, contrast, iridescence, tessellating patterns and complexity. 

There is a great book Josh Simpson: Glass Artist by Andrew Chaikin.  I recommend it highly.

Large Size:  Just under 3" diameter by 2 3/4" high. The base is ground flat.  
Signature:   Signed on the base "Simpson 1994" and the number "1-230", which designates this as the 230th paperweight made in January, 1994. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches. 

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Top view
Side view
Another top view
SOLD

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Large Josh Simpson Inhabited Planet Paperweight with Blue Spaceship
 
3652 Large Parabelle Glass 1986 Spaced Millefiori Paperweight with Top Facet.  dated 1986 This early Parabelle Glass paperweight has a classical spaced arrangement of nineteen different millefiori canes arranged over a white lace ground.  There is a wonderful variety of mostly complex canes, including a pansy cane in the center, a white and green rose cane, a white edelweiss cane, and others that I can't name.  The paperweight is signed with a "PB 1986" cane in the design - although the cane was placed wrong side up.  It also has a silver label with two bells, "PARABELLE GLASS Rings True HANDMADE IN USA" on the base.  There is one large top facet on this paperweight.  A great paperweight.

Note:  Please ignore the white areas in the pictures caused by the light.

Parabelle Glass was a small company created in 1981 by Gary and Doris Scrutton in Portland, Oregon.  High quality paperweights were made in small quantities from 1983 to 1998 when they retired.  Their best weights are some of the finest ever made, comparing favorably to the best classical French paperweights.  Most designs were produced in limited editions of 10 to 25 paperweights, although some editions were larger.  They also made some one of a kind paperweights.  Doris passed away in 2013 and Gary followed in 2014. 

After the Scruttons retired in 1998, their daughter Julie Scrutton Lewis made some paperweights and jewelry using Parabelle millefiori canes. 

Large Size:  Just over 3 3/16" diameter by just under 2" high.  The base is ground concave and the paperweight has a single large top facet.  
Signature: Signed in the design with a signature cane "PB 1986".  The signature cane was placed wrong side up.  This paperweight also has a silver label on the base that has a drawing of two bells and the text "PARABELLE GLASS Rings True HANDMADE IN USA"  
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.  The signature cane is placed wrong side up.

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Silver label on base 
Signature cane in design
Side view
Base 
Another view
$345 postage paid in the US.   

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Large Parabelle Glass 1986 Spaced Millefiori Paperweight with Top Facet
3920 Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 2007 Dark Red Beta Fish Paperweight.  dated 2007.  This wonderful paperweight features a lampwork three-dimensional dark red beta fish swimming over some green leaves.  Underneath there is a large brown coral with blue anemones and pink corals or other growths.  The beta fish has long white fins with gold stripes.  There is a trail of fine bubbles rising above the fish.  Below the coral is a light green translucent ground.  Signed and dated on the edge near the base "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 2007 102608".  The paperweight also has a lampwork "D.S." signature on the underside of the ground.  A great three dimensional design that is one of Daniel Salazar's signature designs.

Note:  Please ignore the white areas in the pictures caused by the light.

Daniel Salazar is one of the lead gaffers at Lundberg Studios in Davenport, California and is their primary paperweight designer and maker.  He joined Lundberg in 1975.   The studio was founded by James Lundberg in the early 1970s.  Steven Lundberg joined shortly later.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in an accident in 1991.  Steven left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio.  He died from ALS in 2008.   Each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios is signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist. 

Large Size:    Just over 3" diameter by just under 2 5/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave.
Signature: Signed on the side near the base "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 2007 102608".   The paperweight also has a lampwork "D.S." signature on the underside of the ground.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches. 

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$295 postage paid in the US.   

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Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 2007 Dark Red Beta Fish Paperweight
4696 Charles Kaziun Jr. Blue Poinsettia on Red and White Jasper Ground Paperweight. circa 1960-1980. Charles Kaziun Jr. blue poinsettia paperweight with eight blue petals and three green sepals.  The design is set on a red and white jasper ground.  Large by Kaziun standards, it is 2 9/16" diameter.  The paperweight is signed in the center of the flower with a wonderful yellow signature cane with a center K surrounded by six red hearts.  Excellent condition.

Charles Kaziun Jr. was one of the most famous of the American paperweight artists.  He is often credited with contributing to the rebirth of interest in paperweight making.  He made paperweights from the 1940s until his death in 1992.  His weights are usually signed with a gold K or a special millefiori cane containing a K.  You can read about him in many books, including:

Size:  2 9/16" diameter by 1 7/16" high.  This is large by Kaziun's standards.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed Kaziun's complex signature cane in the design. 
Condition: Excellent condition with no chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection.

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$495 postage paid in the US.   

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Charles Kaziun Jr. Blue Poinsettia on Red and White Jasper Ground Paperweight
 
4650 Early Debbie Tarsitano Three Tier Red Flower with Buds Paperweight. undated circa 1977 -1980.  This paperweight features a three layer red flower with upright yellow stamens.  The flower with two buds and striped green leaves are placed on a curved stem that follows the curvature of the paperweight.  The ground is clear glass.  The petals sparkle with gold aventurine - although it was hard to capture this in the pictures.  Signed at the base of the stem with the conjoined "DT" Tarsitano signature cane used by both Delmo and Debbie Tarsitano from about 1978 to 1980.  A fantastic paperweight. 

Please ignore the glare from the lights.  I had difficulty photographing this paperweight because of the high dome. 

Debbie Tarsitano has been making wonderful paperweights since 1972, when she and her father Delmo Tarsitano set up a glass studio to explore a shared obsession with glass.  While developing her glass artwork, Debbie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an Associate Degree in Journalism from Hofstra University, Long Island, NY.  Her work has evolved from simple floral paperweights in the 1970s to contemporary sculptural expressions.  The results are powerful, fresh images encased in glass.  Her florals are outstanding.  A formally trained painter, her passions lie in creating work that goes beyond traditional glass, building a bridge to the greater world of art.  She has collaborated with many internationally known glass artists, including Roland (Max) Erlacher, Ed Poore, Dino Rosin, Jiri Harcuba, and others.

Debbie and Delmo Tarsitano shared the same signature cane, feeling that their work was individual and distinctive and collectors would have no difficulty distinguishing between their art.  Although they did not date their work, the signature cane changed over time and provided approximate dates for the works.  The cane in this paperweight was used from about 1978 until 1980.  See Andrew Dohan's Dictionary of Paperweight Signature Canes for more information on the Tarsitano signature canes. 

Size:   2 9/16" diameter by 2 3/16"" high.  The base is ground concave.  Very high dome.  I had difficulty photographing this paperweight because of the high dome. 
Signature: Signed at the base of the stem with the Delmo and Debbie Tarsitano conjoined "DT" signature cane.  This cane was use from about 1978 to 1980. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection, with the exception of one faint (about 1/8") scratch on the side.

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$595 postage paid in the US. 

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4632 Charles Kaziun Jr. Vogue Lady Gold Foil and Millefiori Micro Miniature Faceted Paperweight. circa 1950-1980.   This paperweight features a gold foil silhouette referred to as the "Vogue Lady" surrounded by a garland of six white millefiori canes with green star centers.  The Vogue Lady is more than a silhouette, it is embossed to show details such as the hair, lips, nose, and neck.  The arrangement is placed over a translucent amethyst ground.  It is a true micro miniature paperweight, almost button size, faceted with six side facets and a larger top facet.  It is signed with a gold foil K on the base.  This is an especially nice example with amazing detail. 

This paperweight appears in photograph SI-30 on page 136 of the book Magic in the Glass - The Paperweight Artistry of Charles Kaziun, Jr. by Bernard A. Drabeck.  Drabeck states that the gold foil is 24 karat gold. 

Charles Kaziun Jr. was one of the most famous of the American paperweight artists.  He is often credited with contributing to the rebirth of interest in paperweight making.  He made paperweights from the 1940s until his death in 1992.  His weights are usually signed with a gold K or a special millefiori cane containing a K.  You can read about him in many books, including:

Micro Miniature Size:  1 3/8" diameter by 3/4" high.  It is faceted with six side facets and a larger top facet.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with Kaziun's gold K on the bottom.
Condition: Excellent condition with no chips or cracks. 
Execution:  There is at least one tiny bubble in the glass, visible in the pictures at 9 o'clock.. 

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$395 postage paid in the US.

For more paperweights by Charles Kaziun, see my Kaziun Paperweights Web Page.

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3529 Early Kenyon Brown 1990 Multi-Color Swirl Paperweight.  dated 1990.  This paperweight features a blue, white, green, and brown swirl design with the swirl winding from the base up to a tight point on top.  The ground is clear.  It is signed with an engraved "Ken Brown '90" on the fire finished base.  One of Ken Brown's earliest paperweights.  A rare item.   

Kenyon Brown was originally an auctioneer in Buckingham, PA.  After his retirement he developed an interest in glass and volunteered at Wheaton Village (now WheatonArts) in Millville, NJ.  He experimented for more than a decade making paperweights.  While he did some of the setups at his home in Lahaska, PA, he would do the encasement in the hot shop at Wheaton Village.  Ken passed away in 2017 at the age of 94. 

Large Size:  2 13/16” diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is fire finished.
Signature:  Engraved "Ken Brown '90" on the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or scratches.  There are some bubbles in the glass.  

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$65 postage paid in the US.  

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Early Kenyon Brown 1990 Multi-Color Swirl Paperweight
4595 Large Ray Banford Pink Rose with Buds on Aventurine Ground Paperweight.  circa  1990.  This paperweight has a soft pink rose with two buds, leaves, and stem.  The design is placed on a glittery dark indigo aventurine ground.  It is signed near the stem with Ray Banford's black "B" signature cane.  A wonderful three dimensional design from this skilled artist.  

Note:  A similar paperweight with a white rose was in the most recent Selman auction (Auction 69, Lot 138) and sold for $780 including the bidders premium.   

Ray Banford worked in Southampton, NJ.  He started making paperweights in 1971 along with his son, Bob Banford.  He continued to make paperweights until his death in 2003.  Bob and Ray did not date their paperweights.  Both father and son started using signature canes in 1975.  Ray used the signature cane shown here, a black “B” in a white background, from about 1980 until he died in 2003. 

Large Size:  2 15/16" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat.  
Signature:  Signed near the stem with Ray Banford's black "B" signature cane.  Undated
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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$545 postage paid in the US. 

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Large Ray Banford Pink Rose with Buds on Aventurine Ground Paperweight
3025 Early Victor Trabucco Violet Flower Paperweight.  circa 1975-1980.  This paperweight consists of  a violet flower with three green leaves and stems on a clear ground.  It is an early Trabucco paperweight and is signed with Victor's earliest "T" signature cane underside of one of the leaves.  There are some bubbles in the glass.  One of the best of Trabucco's early works.  

Note:  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights. 

Victor Trabucco's original career was as a steelworker.  He began working with glass in 1974 after seeing a flameworker make a sculpture. He knew this was what he wanted to do for his life's work. Trabucco says that “Glass is the ultimate challenge; it has properties of no other material and offers the artist possibilities that are inspiring for the creative process. His work is often inspired by nature, capturing the beauty and motion of the subject and freezing a moment in time. His work is in the collection of many major museums.  Victor set up his first studio in the basement of his house and learned by experimentation.  He now works with his sons Jon and David in a large studio in Clarence, NY. 

Small Size:   2 1/4" diameter by 1 11/16" high.  The base is ground slightly concave. 
Signature:  Signed with an early Trabucco "T" signature cane on the underside of a leaf. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, chips or cracks.   

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$275 postage paid in the US. 

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Early Victor Trabucco Violet Flower Paperweight
5207 Large Vandermark-Merritt Liberty Village 1979 Pulled Feather Tiffany Style Art Nouveau Paperweight.  dated 1979.  This large paperweight features a surface decorated Tiffany style art nouveau feather pulled design of blues and greens.  There is a single a barely visible millefiori cane on top.  The outer layer of glass is a satin iridescent glass applied above a a clear layer.  A milk glass ground is visible beneath the clear layer.  It is signed "Liberty Village 1979" on the base.  The original name of the studio was Vandermark Glasshouse at Liberty Village, later changed to Vandermark-Merritt Glass Studios.  A nice example of early work by this studio.  

Note:  From the signature, we can't be sure which artist at Vandermark-Merritt made this paperweight.  The primary glass artists at the time were Jerry Vandermark, Doug Merritt and Stephen Smarr.  The signature is by the same hand as a similar paperweight that I have had, signed "Vandermark 1979".  

Jerry Vandermark apprenticed with Carl Erickson in 1943 at Erickson Art Glass in Bremen, Ohio.  In 1959, Vandermark left Erickson to direct the Colonial Glasshouse at Jamestown, Virginia for the National Park Service.  In 1968, working with Thomas Merritt, he established the Vandermark Glasshouse at Liberty Village, Flemington, New Jersey.  Jerry later took Thomas Merritt's son Doug Merritt as an apprentice and they paired up to form the Vandermark-Merritt Glass Studios in 1972.  The studio evolved from producing replicas of 18th century glassware to more wide-ranging reproductions, and then added some original art glass designs.  It built its reputation with museum quality colonial reproductions, original art glass in the art nouveau and art deco traditions, crystal sculpture, contemporary designs and cameo creations.  Their work can be found in a number of major collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Toledo Museum, Corning Museum, and Wheaton Museum of American Glass.  Stephen Smarr was a master glass artist for Vandermark Merritt Glass Studios in Branchburg, NJ for 38 years until his death in 2010. 
Vandermark-Merritt Glass Studios closed in December 2015.

Large Size:  Just over 3" diameter by 2 5/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is some minor wear on the base and I found one small mark (3/16" across) that may be an impact mark below the surface.  It can't be felt.  No other chips, cracks or significant scratches were found. 
Signature:  Signed "Liberty Village 1979" on the base.  

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$85 postage paid in the US. 

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Large Vandermark-Merritt Liberty Village 1979 Pulled Feather Tiffany Style Art Nouveau Paperweight



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