This is another of my personal collection showing the type of early artistry that made the name of Lundberg Studios so much in demand. The background is reminiscent of Tiffany Favrille, which James Lundberg so lovingly re-created in his works. (I just listed the three angel fish with a pronounced Tiffany Favrille background as well). Since this is signed "Lundberg Studios, 1979" and the individual piece number, it is impossible to say definitively whether it was James or Steven. Either one would be proud of this weight! My opinion is that it is a James Lundberg weight.
This is an exceptionally beautiful weight. It has a large central flower (on top) with textured leaves trimmed in white and a center tiny star flower (the star surrounded by tiny leaves!) Three red stars are around the flower. The bottom of the weight is a marvelous expressive ocean in a number of exquisite colors.
There is some glare from the flash, but the weight is in Very Good Condition. Photos definitely do not do justice to this exquisite weight.
Condition: Very Good.
Signed: "Lundberg Studios 1979" "LS 71663" (This is incised in the white bottom and we could not show it in a photograph.)
Lundberg Studios was founded in 1970 by the late James Lundberg and is known for its clear-encased California Style paperweights as well as Art Nouveau and Tiffany style iridescent glass. James Lundberg began working in glass in the late 1960s, while a student at California State University, San Jose. He and brother Steven moved their small backyard glass studio, Nouveau Glass, from San Jose to Davenport in 1973, and renamed it Lundberg Studios. Steven Lundberg left the studio in 1997 to establish his own studio.
Artist James Lundberg first started creating beautiful, high quality studio glass paperweights in 1972. 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. His studio is now 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".
Examples of the glassworks and art of James Lundberg and Lundberg Studios are included in nearly every significant private glass collection and major museum.
James Lundberg passed away in 1992.
Steven Lundberg passed away early in 2008, from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). He could no longer practice his art from 2003.
Steve'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 and has been privileged to collaborate with many distinguished glass artists, including Rick Ayotte, Bob Banford, Randall Grubb, Barry Sautner and Victor Trabucco.
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