For your consideration, a 20th century hand blown art glass controlled bubble spiral ribbon paperweight by master glass artist, Robert L. Hamon (American, 1925-2003). The work measures 3 ¼” tall, 3” in diameter and weighs 1 ½ lbs. and is in excellent condition with no chips or bites . The paperweight is noteworthy for its unusual controlled bubbles which are artfully integrated to sommerso green and yellow swirls. Along with his contemporaries, Charles Gibson (Gibson Glass), Joel Myers (Blenko), and Robert Moretti (Pilgrim), Bob Hamon stands as one of the greatest glassmakers in American History, largely responsible for what we know today as the “art glass movement.” Hamon is widely regarded as one of the greatest glassblowers of the 20th Century, and considered by some to be the leading maker of art glass paperweights of our time. His work is featured in art galleries and museums around the world. Hamon was featured in Jean Melvin’s work, “American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers: A story of glass-paperweight craftsmen of the United States, their processes, and their products” (Thomas Nelson, Inc. 1970). Interesting to note, Robert Hamon was at different points in time, both the youngest glassblower (when he started blowing glass at age 10, in the studio owned by his father), and the oldest glassblower (when he completed his final creations at age 77, just prior to his death) in West Virginia history. Robert Hamon's father, O. B. Hamon, founded Hamon Glass, in Scott Depot, West Virginia, in 1929. In the early 1960's, Robert Hamon brought the company to the forefront of the art glass movement, with his innovative designs, and masterful artistry. This fine example of 20th century American art glass will make a wonderful addition to your fine collection.
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