Every serious contemporary paperweight collector treasures Paul Stankard's creations. There are a number of books and publications, articles, etc about him here and in Europe. I have a personally signed copy of "A Floating World" about Paul Stankard, put out by the Museum Of Arts And Design. It is one of my "treasures." This weight is very special because he has combined two of his most notable innovations in the same weight; namely, root people and words. This unusual in other ways as well. From the top, it looks like relatively narrow spray of flowers, yet the more you turn it the the more those flowers fill the glass and the underside with the root people and the words come into view. More words than immediately noticed. Truly a very exceptional weight.
Country of Origin: United States.
Size: 3 1/4" Diameter.
Signed: The circle with "PS 96" (Refers to year made 1996.)
"Paul Stankard R2096"
Words Include: :Wet," "Moist," "Seeds,"
Condition: Very Good. Minimal display wear.
"Paul Stankard has established the standard by which we judge contemporary paperweight art. His creativity in producing the lampworked elements goes far beyond simply evoking nature realistically; his work evidences originality, whimsy and poetic vision—in addition to technical mastery—which places him in a class by himself."
—Dwight P. Lanmon, director, Winterthur Museum Garden and Library, and former director of The Corning Museum of Glass. How much can I add to that quote?