How can one look at this exquisite creation and not feel optimistic about life? Can't be done. This is too happy and beautiful and hopeful. The iridescent background is so hard to photograph but so incredibly beautiful. The blossom really is amazing, thanks to the incredible artistry of Steven Lundberg. It is imposed on the weight so one can feel the outline. When one looks very close, the center star, so very tiny, becomes apparent. It is a six point star in one of the blue shades found in the iridescent background. Photos do not do this justice. It is more fabulous in person. There is glare from the flash, but the paperweight itself is gorgeous and unblemished.
Size: Diameter 3"
Signed: "SL" "S. Lundberg Studios" "6/74"
Condition: Very Good.
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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