Justin Lundberg has built a fine reputation since he started creating art glass with his famous late father, Steven, and his uncle, James. I have been a patron of the Lundbergs for many years.
This huge paperweight is truly a magnificent piece. A profusions of flowers on a blue background with an ethereal feel; a free sensuous plethora of seemingly a tropical paradise. I am listing my entire collection of contemporary and antique paperweights. I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to enjoy such beautiful creations, and hope they bring as much joy to their future owners.
This is signed "JBerg 05/15 1/1" Yes, strange to have the indication of a limited edition of 15, then have the one of one, however, Justin first dated this paperweight (without the year, which was between 1990 and 1993) and then put "1/1" indicating one of a kind. Justin tends to be fanciful in his dating and indication of editions. "1/1" as well as "Sketch" and a few other designations all are indicative of one of a kind!
Diameter 4 3/4 inches.
Condition - Very Good to Excellent.
About the Lundbergs:
The Lundberg name has the respect and admiration of the entire art glass world. Beginning with James Lundberg, who established Lundberg Glass Art, and created masterpieces, many of which were from techniques that James developed. His brother Steven Lundberg established an incredible following from his own artistry, again with many new techniques. After Steven died of ALS some years ago, his son Justin became known and respected for his creations. He has his own style, and he signs his work "JBerg". I have been collecting pieces from all three for many years now. I believe that these marvelous pieces have potential for real appreciation in the future. As with all art purchases, one should buy what touches their inner being; their sensitivity.
About modern paperweights:
Designed and created in much the same manner as antique paperweights, these contemporary counterparts are enjoying a renaissance that far surpasses their popularity during Victorian times. At the prodding of Mr. Jokelson, a French-American collector and art dealer, the French factories of Baccarat and Saint Louis in the 1950s re-developed the old paperweight- making techniques which had been lost for almost a hundred years. Today a new generation of glass artists continues to carry on the classic tradition while utilizing modern technology to give their work a contemporary vitality. In many areas, these new artists have surpassed their forbears.
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