Have you ever been in a quandary about what gift to get for a friend or loved one? I almost always turn to a small beautiful item, such as a paperweight, that will remind the lucky recipient of you with every glance. I have been collecting paperweights for some time, both antique and contemporary. This is especially precious because it was created by James Lundberg, the founder of Lundberg Studios, and a man thought of as a genius in his creativity in art glass circles.
This is a startlingly beautiful weight. It has a kind of luminescence that approaches ethereal. The background blends a marvelous sapphire blue into swirls of understated green. There is a central flower with four leaves of red with veining done in yellow lines. There is a central yellow circle. All told, this is a weight that draws you to it, and gives you a feeling of both elegance and sensual pleasure.
Size: 3 and 1/2 inch diameter.
Condition: Good to Very Good. Some expected signs of wear and having been displayed.
James Lundberg began working in glass in the late 1960s, while a student at California State University. He first started creating beautiful, high quality studio art glass when he founded Lundberg Studios in 1970. Classically trained in ceramics, then glazes and finally glassmaking techniques, Lundberg traveled to Germany, Italy, Spain, France and England to learn his art. Stopping in New York City on his way home from Europe, he was struck by the beauty and hues of Tiffany Art Glass. He became the leading replicator of Tiffany Style art glass. Using the knowledge and skills he had acquired, most notably the prismatic glasses and decorative techniques of Tiffany, Lundberg began creating paperweights of a style and beauty that had previously not been created or exhibited. In conjunction with the other artists of Lundberg Studios, this new style was called California Paperweight Style or "torchwork". His mastery of Tiffany style vases earned him a world-wide reputation. His Gold Aurene and other finishes are breathtaking.
Examples of the glassworks and art of James Lundberg are included in nearly every significant private glass collection and major museum. James Lundberg passed away in 1992, at the height of his renown. His work is so beautiful, that the pride of ownership and enjoyment of such wonderful glass art is more valuable than the expected appreciation in value.
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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