By now many of my repeat clients know how much I thought of the Lundberg family, from the scion, James, to his incredible brother, Steven, and Steven's son Justin. They each had their own style. I am lucky enough to have a number of pieces each personally signed by the artist.
Description: A central dome formation, its surface a labyrinth of blues, is encrusted with numerous barnacle-like canes in an array of hues including pinks, greens, reds, blues and brown. floating above, two rainbow-colored fish with bright yellow tails make their way clockwise just within the upper parameter of a clear encasement.
Diameter: 3 3/16".
Signed/Dated - "Steven Lundberg" and "Lundberg Glass Art" "97"
Condition: There is a small "flea-bite" on the corner of the base. It does not interfere with the signature. No other damage.
PRICE GUIDE: Fall 2013 Paperweight Price Guide L. H. Selman, Ltd. The Glass Gallery
Estimate: $ 500.00 - $ 600.00.
Because of the small chip, we are listing this at under the low estimate.
Provenance: L. H. Selman Ltd. The Glass Gallery Fall 2006 Paperweight Price Guide and Auction.
Steven passed away from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). The art world has lost a giant who created true art glass masterpieces.
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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