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Steven Lundberg - "The Gift" - Gift Wrapped Heart Personally Signed and Dated Paperweight, c 1993
I fell in love with this when I saw it in the L. H. Selman Glass Gallery Catalog seven years ago (their sale XXXVI). This was Lot 296, and it excited a number of collectors. In those days, the Buyer's Commission was just 10 percent, so my winning bid of $1200 became a total of $1320.00. (Auction bidder commissions have gone up drastically since then.) I am offering it at less than what I paid.
This beautifully depicted and "gift-wrapped" heart is for someone extremely special in your life; perhaps for you yourself. The rose, with four leaves, and the beautiful violet colored ribbon are different than what I have seen in Steven Lundberg's work. As many of you know, I really appreciated his work and bought quite a number through the years.
This is a heavy and dramatic piece. It is a gift for that very important person in your life and heart. Perhaps a gift to yourself.
Size: 2 1/4 inches square, plus the ribbon and rose.
Condition: Very Good to Excellent. No losses.
Steven Lundberg's work is on display in a number of permanent collections including The Smithsonian Institute, the White House, The Corning Museum of Glass, the Philadelphia Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of American Glass, and the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, to name a few. Steven Lundberg Glass Art is exhibited in top galleries and catalogs throughout the world. Steve has lectured and demonstrated from New Jersey to Tokyo. The world has lost great artistry now that Steven has passed away due to ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Already his signed pieces are getting harder and more expensive to obtain. 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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