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Paperweights From Other Countries


The glass paperweights on this page are from other countries not well known for their paperweights.  Some of these are inexpensive fun paperweights.

If you would like to purchase any of these paperweights, e-mail me at: aport@paperweights.com
 
 
5058 Dramatic Marcolin (Sweden) Sfumato Technique Owl Figural Paperweight.  circa 1961-1991.  This dramatic owl figural paperweight demonstrates the excellence of Marcolin's use of the sfumato technique to create a smokey feathered appearance. The upper figural owl portion is clear glass with a round sfumato paperweight base.  There is a slight reddish tinge to the grey color of the sfumato.  This paperweight design was unique to Marcolin.  It is unsigned but I guarantee the attribution.  A fantastic example.

Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights.

Note:  Please review the pictures.  This paperweight has a large (3/4") scratch on the back next to base.

FM Marcolin Art Crystal or FM Marcolin Konstglas was founded Sweden in 1961 by two Italian brothers, Josef and Benito Marcolin.  They learned their glass making skills on the island of Murano, Venice, and later worked at Reijmyre before starting their own company.  FM stands for Färe-Marcolin.  The company went through several name changes as they moved from one location to another, including "FM Konstglas, Eneryda""FM Konstglas, Ronneby", and then "FM Konstglas / Marcolin".  "Konstglas" is Swedish for "Art Glass".  The company changed its name to FM Marcolin Art Crystal in 1983, and in 1988-89 changed again to Marcolin Art Crystal.  The Swedish factory closed in 1991, and production was moved to Sardinia, Italy.  The Marcolin brothers left and went their separate ways, Benito moved back to Sweden, while Josef moved to Austria and continued production under the name Marcolin Art Crystal, which is still operating today.

Marcolin pieces are often signed, including a pattern number, on the base, which consists of the initial of the designer, and model number of the item, sometimes followed by the size of the item in millimeters.  Designer codes include: M - Josef Marcolin, B - Benito Marcolin, and F - Inga-Lill Färe.  Production was mainly glass figurines, with a unique blended style of Swedish and Murano. They use traditional Murano techniques such as millefiori, sommerso, zanfirico, and sfumato (as in this piece). 

The term Sfumato originated in painting.  Leonardo da Vinci described the technique as blending colors, without the use of lines or borders "in the manner of smoke".  In glass, it is the use of a smokey bubbled texture to create a soft feathered or quilted appearance.  Marcolin often used sfumato on bird figurines. 

Large Size:  The rounded base is 3 1/8" diameter.  The paperweight is 3" (80 mm) high. The bottom ground flat.     
Condition:  Very good condition overall.  There are some scratches on the base and one large scratch on the back next to the base that is just over 3/4" long.  Otherwise in excellent condition with no other scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this was made by Marcolin in Sweden.  

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Back view
Side view
Scratch near base
Closeup
Other side view
Base
$69 postage paid in the US. 

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Dramatic Marcolin (Sweden) Sfumato Technique Owl Figural Paperweight
5140 Peter Raos 2003 Vincent Van Gogh Series Summer in Arles Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 2003.  This paperweight features a impressionist interpretation of a wildflower meadow created using hundreds of millefiori flowers with a blue ground.  It was made by Peter Raos in New Zealand.  It is signed on the side near the base "Peter Raos 2003 NZ".  This is a hard to find item.  A wonderful paperweight.

A similar paperweight is shown on Peter Raos website at $675 NZ or $453 US. 

Peter Raos works as a glass artist in Devonport, New Zealand since starting his studio in 1979.  He is a graduate of the University of Auckland Elam School of Fine Arts and Design. 

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 1/4” diameter by just over 3 5/8" tall. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.   
Signature:  Signed near the base with a engraved signature "Peter Raos 2003 NZ". 

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links:

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Closeup view
Another view
Still another view
Signature
Base
Top view
SOLD. 

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Peter Raos 2003 Vincent Van Gogh Series Summer in Arles Millefiori Paperweight
3084 Mats Jonasson Blue Harbell (Blaklocka) Målerås Sweden Paperweight - Bellflower.  This paperweight features a wonderful three dimensional engraving of a blue harebell, a member of the bellflower family.  The three sided cast crystal block is sandblasted and painted with the harebell motif.  It comes with its (slightly worn) original box.  A wonderful item.

Mats Jonasson is notable for his engraved lead crystal sculptures of flowers and wildlife that are made at the glassworks in Målerås, Sweden.  He began as an apprentice engraver at the glassworks in 1959 and has evolved to be the lead engraver / designer.  Known for his natural style, he says, "Our forests have since ancient times affected the soul of the people." 

Large Size:  Just under 4 1/8” high by 2 1/4" wide.  The crystal block is three sided with a polished base.   
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.   
Signature:  Signed on the base with a engraved signature "MJ Sweden 3878". 

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Closeup view
Side view
Label
Signature on base
Back view
With box
SOLD.           

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Mats Jonasson Blue Harbell (Blaklocka) Målerås Sweden Paperweight - Bellflower

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