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Paperweights From Other Countries


The glass paperweights on this page are from other countries not well known for their paperweights.  Some of these are inexpensive fun paperweights.

If you would like to purchase any of these paperweights, e-mail me at: aport@paperweights.com
 
 
5058 Dramatic Marcolin (Sweden) Sfumato Technique Owl Figural Paperweight.  circa 1961-1991.  This dramatic owl figural paperweight demonstrates the excellence of Marcolin's use of the sfumato technique to create a smokey feathered appearance. The upper figural owl portion is clear glass with a round sfumato paperweight base.  There is a slight reddish tinge to the grey color of the sfumato.  This paperweight design was unique to Marcolin.  It is unsigned but I guarantee the attribution.  A fantastic example.

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

Note:  Please review the pictures.  This paperweight has a large (3/4") scratch on the back next to base.

FM Marcolin Art Crystal or FM Marcolin Konstglas was founded Sweden in 1961 by two Italian brothers, Josef and Benito Marcolin.  They learned their glass making skills on the island of Murano, Venice, and later worked at Reijmyre before starting their own company.  FM stands for Färe-Marcolin.  The company went through several name changes as they moved from one location to another, including "FM Konstglas, Eneryda""FM Konstglas, Ronneby", and then "FM Konstglas / Marcolin".  "Konstglas" is Swedish for "Art Glass".  The company changed its name to FM Marcolin Art Crystal in 1983, and in 1988-89 changed again to Marcolin Art Crystal.  The Swedish factory closed in 1991, and production was moved to Sardinia, Italy.  The Marcolin brothers left and went their separate ways, Benito moved back to Sweden, while Josef moved to Austria and continued production under the name Marcolin Art Crystal, which is still operating today.

Marcolin pieces are often signed, including a pattern number, on the base, which consists of the initial of the designer, and model number of the item, sometimes followed by the size of the item in millimeters.  Designer codes include: M - Josef Marcolin, B - Benito Marcolin, and F - Inga-Lill Färe.  Production was mainly glass figurines, with a unique blended style of Swedish and Murano. They use traditional Murano techniques such as millefiori, sommerso, zanfirico, and sfumato (as in this piece). 

The term Sfumato originated in painting.  Leonardo da Vinci described the technique as blending colors, without the use of lines or borders "in the manner of smoke".  In glass, it is the use of a smokey bubbled texture to create a soft feathered or quilted appearance.  Marcolin often used sfumato on bird figurines. 

Large Size:  The rounded base is 3 1/8" diameter.  The paperweight is 3" (80 mm) high. The bottom ground flat.     
Condition:  Very good condition overall.  There are some scratches on the base and one large scratch on the back next to the base that is just over 3/4" long.  Otherwise in excellent condition with no other scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this was made by Marcolin in Sweden.  

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Base
$69 postage paid in the US. 

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Dramatic Marcolin (Sweden) Sfumato Technique Owl Figural Paperweight
4303 Peter Raos Magnum Pacific Series Blue Starfish Paperweight.  Dated 2001.  This paperweight features a naturalistic interpretation of a New Zealand Pacific reef with a a blue starfish and a variety of coral and sea life.  It was made by Peter Raos in New Zealand and is part of his Pacific Series of paperweights.  Peter calls this shape a flat domed paperweight.  According to Raos, the design was was inspired by a visit to the Sydney aquarium in the early 1980's.  During the visit he saw a coral tank with colorful corals and starfish. It is signed on the side near the base "Raos 2001 NZ".  This is a hard to find item.  A wonderful paperweight.

Peter Raos works as a glass artist in Devonport, New Zealand since starting his studio in 1979.  He is a graduate of the University of Auckland Elam School of Fine Arts and Design.

Large size:  It has a flat profile and is just over 3 3/4” diameter by 2" tall. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches. 
Signature:  Signed near the base with a engraved signature "Peter Raos 2001 NZ".

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$395 postage paid in the US. 

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Peter Raos Magnum Pacific Series Blue Starfish Paperweight
3062 Kosta Boda Bertil Vallien Galaxy Blue Artist Collection Abstract Paperweight.  circa 1981 or later.  This is dramatic Swedish art glass paperweight was designed in 1981 by the famous Swedish designer Bertil Vallien for the Kosta Boda glassworks at Boda, Sweden.  The surface decorated paperweight has a series blue threads and two large blue dots on an almost opaque textured light blue surface.  There also smaller blue spatters on the surface.  At first glance, it could be mistaken for a piece of pottery with a heavy glaze.  The underlying ground is clear glass.  It is an example of Bertil Vallien’s popular Galaxy Blue Series of glass objects, each of which share similar visual effect.  The paperweight is signed on the base "BODA ARTIST COL BVALLIEN 98113".  There is also the remnant of the original silver Boda Artist Collection label, but the printed text has washed off.  An visually exciting paperweight designed by the most famous of the Kosta Boda designers.      

Note:   In 1976 Bertil Vallien started his "Artist collection" at Åfors glassworks.  This collection consisted of art glass in large editions where each glass blower was allowed considerable freedom in executing the design.  There was a definite basic form, but it was the craftsman's skill and feeling that completed the work.  This was in contrast to the Bertil Vallien "Atelje" (Studio) series where each object was made in a limited edition and under the artist's supervision and were signed and numbered.  The Galaxy Blue Artist Collection series was designed by Vallien in 1981 for the Boda Glassworks.   I believe there are fifteen different objects in the series.  The series includes paperweights, vases, bowls, an oil lamp, and a wine glass.

Kosta is one of the oldest glass companies in the world.  Kosta Glasbruk was founded in 1742 in Smaland, Sweden by Anders Koskull and Georg B. Stael von Holstein.  In 1976 the glassworks of Kosta, Boda and Åfors merged to form Kosta Boda AB.  In 1989, Kosta Boda and Orrefors merged to form Orrefors Kosta Boda AB.  Ownership changed in 2005 with the purchase of the glassworks by the New Wave Group which decided to close the Orrefors glassworks in December 2012.  After that, all glass production was done under the KostaBoda brand label.  

Bertil Vallien (1938-) initially studied Ceramics, first at the art school Konstfack in Stockholm and then at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA).  While in the US he also worked as a designer at a ceramics factory.  After returning to Sweden in 1963, he began to focus on glass while continuing his work in ceramics, and developed an innovative sand-casting technique.  He was hired as a designer for the glassworks at Åfors and given the freedom to also work on his own designs part of the time.  The merger of Kosta, Boda and Åfors in 1976 made it possible to devote more capacity to Vallien's designs.  In 1963, he married Ulrica Margaret Hydman Vallien (1938-2018) a Swedish artist and fellow Konstfack student who started as a ceramist and then expanded her expertise to glass.

Large Size:  3 3/16" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The base is ground flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Although the surface is textured by design, no chips, cracks, or scratches were found on inspection.  There are some rub marks on the surface that may have been there from when the paperweight was made.  These marks don't seem to be damage.  Please review the pictures.
Signature:  Signed on the base "BODA ARTIST COL BVALLIEN 98113", which indicates it was designed in 1981.  There is also a silver label which is blank, but originally read "BODA ARTIST COLLECTION SWEDEN".

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$95 postage paid in the US.  

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Kosta Boda Bertil Vallien Galaxy Blue Artist Collection Abstract Paperweight
4964 Dramatic Daum Egg Shaped Floral Paperweight from France.  undated.   This egg shaped paperweight features a very dark brown (nearly black) and white fan shaped stylized flower with large bubble in the center.  The stem is orange and dark brown and the design is placed above a clear bubble ground.  A very modern creation, it is signed "Daum France" in script near the base.  It also has its original label "cristal DAUM".  A dramatic paperweight in near perfect condition.   

Daum Frères was founded in 1878 in Nancy, France by an attorney named Jean Daum, when he took over a glass factory in lieu of repayment on a debt.  The company's product line has gone through many iterations since and this egg shaped paperweight is a modern product, produced sometime after 1970.  It is not in the current catalog.  The company still manufactures art glass in downtown of Nancy and a nearby village Vannes-le-Châtel.  Everything is handmade.  There are more than 600 Daum Art Glass items in the Daum Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts of Nancy (Nancy Musée des Beaux-Arts) that documents the history of glass manufacturing from the 1880s through the 1990s.

Size :  2 5/16” diameter by 3 1/16" high.   The base is ground flat. 
Signature :  Signed "Daum France" in script near the base.  It also has its original label "cristal DAUM".
Condition :  Excellent condition with one tiny pinprick on the top and a second pinprick on the base.  No other chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.

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$49 postage paid in the US.

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Dramatic Daum Egg Shaped Floral Paperweight from France
1420 Iittala (Finland) Enameled Red Tulips Glass Card Paperweight Designed by Helja Liukko-Sundstrom.  circa 1990s.  This is Heljä Liukko-Sundström's card sculpture with a rectangular form, clear glass, and a red tulips motif.  The design is painted with enamels (ground glass) on the back surface and fired onto the clear glass front portion.  It is part of  as part of Liukko-Sundström's Lasikortti (Glass Cards) series.  It has its original red Iittala label on the left side and is signed "Helja Liukko-Sundstrom" on the right side.  A warm, whimsical addition to any diverse collection of paperweights.

Iittala was founded in 1881 by a Swedish glass maker Peter Magnus Abrahamson.  The company was and still is located in the village Iittala, Finland which is now the center of glass manufacturing in Finland.  Originally Iittala produced blown, pressed, polished and etched glass but has since expanded to include ceramics, textiles, wood, and other crafts.  It has become a Finnish design brand that includes Arabia and specializes in design objects, tableware and cookware.  The current owner is the Fiskars Corporation.  Production now takes place in several countries but some glassware is still made in Finland.

Heljä Liukko-Sundström (1938-) was one of Finland’s leading ceramic artists in the 20th century.  She studied at the Institute of Industrial Art in Helsinki and then worked for Arabia for more than 40 years before becoming an independent artist.  She is one the nine members of the Arabia Art Department Society and has the honorary title of Professor (1994).  She was a prominent designer of wall plaques with playfulness, naive expression, and sometimes mild sadness.  She added glass sculptures to her repertoire in the 1990s.  Her work is represented at numerous museums in the Nordic countries.  

Size:  3 7/8" wide by just under 3 1/8" high.  It is 1" thick at the base and 3/4" thick at the top.  The base is finished flat with a texture.
Condition:  Very good to excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  The painted enamel surface may have a few minor paint losses.
Signature:  It has its original red Iittala label on the left side and is signed "Helja Liukko-Sundstrom" on the right side.

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Iittala (Finland) Enameled Red Tulips Glass Card Paperweight Designed by Helja Liukko-Sundstrom
5513 Magnum Rosenthal Studio-Linie Swirl Paperweight.  circa 1971 or later.  This very large and wonderful Rosenthal swirl paperweight features a swirl of white glass over a clear crystal ground.  It is acid etch marked on the base with the name Rosenthal, the crown and crossed swords logo, and Studio-Linie underneath.  A dramatic addition to any collection of glass paperweights.

Rosenthal was founded in 1879 as a family business. Originally the focus was porcelain manufacture and porcelain painting.  In 1960, the Rosenthal Studiohaus was opened in Nuremberg and in 1965 the name was changed briefly to Rosenthal Glas & Porzellan AG and then in 1960 to Rosenthal AG in 1969.  From 1997 to 2008, the Rosenthal AG owned most of the British-Irish Waterford Wedgwood Group.  The Studio-Linie mark was used from 1971 to at least 1995.  Since the Rosenthal mark on this paperweight does not identify the country of origin (normally Germany), it is possible that the paperweight was made at Waterford, but I have no evidence one way or the other.

Very large size:  4 5/15” diameter by 2 15/16” high.  The base is polished flat.  It weighs just under three pounds (47.1 ounces).
Condition:  Very good condition.  One tiny bruise (less than 1/8" across) found on the side next to the base when taking pictures. Not noticed in earlier inspections.  No other chips, cracks or scratches. A few tiny bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Signed with an acid etch mark on the base with the name Rosenthal, the crown and crossed swords logo, and Studio-Linie underneath.   

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Tiny bruise (<1/8") on side near base
Base
View from back
$95 postage paid in the US.

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Magnum Rosenthal Studio-Linie Swirl Paperweight

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