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German Pair Amber Art Glass Bookends Icebergs Hand Carved c 1960
This is a pair of German art glass bookends, sometimes called paperweight bookends. The glass is amber. The date is circa 1960, maybe earlier.
The glass is solid, and carved by an artisan to resemble an iceberg. Two other companies are known to have made similar bookends, but out of clear crystal. One company is Baccarat and the other company is Blenko. These bookends are not signed by the maker. However there are old stickers on each. One sticker is the emblem or logo for the glassmaker, and the other says “Made in Germany Hand Carved.”
The bookends are 6 ¾” high, 4 ½” long, and 3 ¾” wide. The glass together weighs a few ounces over 6 pounds.
Because the glass is solid, it is hard to see the flat side on each bookend as the camera sees right through the glass to the rugged iceberg carving on the other side. Each bookend does have a flat side that is polished smooth.
The sides that are not flat are carved in different ways to resemble an iceberg and the glass is not polished. The bottoms are flat, but not polished, and beveled around the edges.
There are no nicks, chips or cracks. However there are some air bubbles inside the glass and that actually makes the glass more interesting and might be intentional by the glassmaker. I stood on an iceberg in Canada, and when you peer down into the ice there are all sorts of fissures and oddities, so it makes sense that these pieces of glass have air bubbles in them.
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