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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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Scratch near base
Closeup
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Base
$69 postage paid in the US. 

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Dramatic Marcolin (Sweden) Sfumato Technique Owl Figural Paperweight
4041 Orrefors Jan Johansson Crystal Egg Paperweight.  circa 1969 - 1989.  This is dramatic Swedish art glass egg paperweight designed by the famous Swedish designer Jan Johansson for Orrefors.  The egg shaped crystal paperweight has twelve subtle ribbed arches rising to a point on top.  It is formed from brilliant clear crystal.  The egg is signed on the base "Orrefors 9000576 Jan Johansson 54/99" and also has an "Orrefors Sweden" foil label on the side.  It is a very striking and bold paperweight. 

Note:  The 54/99 in the signature would lead me to believe that this might be a limited edition design.  However the edition size of 99 would seem small so I cannot guarantee this is a limited edition item. 

Orrefors Glassworks was founded in 1898 in Swedish village Orrefors in Småland on the same site where iron works operations had been run since 1726.  In the same year that the glassworks was founded, a hot shop was built for making technical, medical and household glass and stemware.  Glass now replaced the less profitable iron works operations.  In 1913, Consul Johan Ekman from Gothenburg became the new owner of Orrefors Glassworks.  He appointed Albert Ahlin as manager of the glassworks and this marked the start of a new era.  In 1914, Orrefors started manufacturing crystal products, and as well as cut crystal.  They also made art glass using the overlay technique with etched decoration. The new management quickly saw that artists were needed in the business, so Simon Gate was employed in 1916 and was joined by Edward Hald in 1917.  Gate and Hald experimented with with figure engraving and with the new innovative graal glass technique that was developed at Orrefors by the master glassblower Knut Bergqvist, resulting in major recognition at the Gothenburg Exhibition in 1923 and the Paris Exhibition in 1925.  In 1989, Orrefors and Kosta Boda merged to form Orrefors Kosta Boda AB.  Ownership changed again in 2005 with the purchase of the glassworks by the New Wave Group which decided to close the Orrefors glassworks in December 2012.  After that, all glass production was done under the KostaBoda brand label.

Jan Johansson came to Orrefors in 1969 after training as a silversmith in Stockholm at the College of Arts, Craft and Design. As an artist, he is interested in refining the optical effects of pure, sculptural crystal, as in his cut-glass Horizon Arizona and his barware series Street.  Cut crystal sculptures set on a solid marble stand are an important component of his art glass production.

Size:  2 3/16" diameter by 3 1/4"high.  The base is polished flat.   
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Signed on the base "Orrefors 9000576 Jan Johansson 54/99" and also has an "Orrefors Sweden" foil label on the side.

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Label
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Base
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SOLD.    

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Orrefors Jan Johansson Crystal Egg Paperweight
3062 Kosta Boda Bertil Vallien Galaxy Blue Artist Collection Abstract Paperweight.  circa 1981 or later.  This is dramatic Swedish art glass paperweight was designed in 1981 by the famous Swedish designer Bertil Vallien for the Kosta Boda glassworks at Boda, Sweden.  The surface decorated paperweight has a series blue threads and two large blue dots on an almost opaque textured light blue surface.  There also smaller blue spatters on the surface.  At first glance, it could be mistaken for a piece of pottery with a heavy glaze.  The underlying ground is clear glass.  It is an example of Bertil Vallien’s popular Galaxy Blue Series of glass objects, each of which share similar visual effect.  The paperweight is signed on the base "BODA ARTIST COL BVALLIEN 98113".  There is also the remnant of the original silver Boda Artist Collection label, but the printed text has washed off.  An visually exciting paperweight designed by the most famous of the Kosta Boda designers.      

Note:   In 1976 Bertil Vallien started his "Artist collection" at Åfors glassworks.  This collection consisted of art glass in large editions where each glass blower was allowed considerable freedom in executing the design.  There was a definite basic form, but it was the craftsman's skill and feeling that completed the work.  This was in contrast to the Bertil Vallien "Atelje" (Studio) series where each object was made in a limited edition and under the artist's supervision and were signed and numbered.  The Galaxy Blue Artist Collection series was designed by Vallien in 1981 for the Boda Glassworks.   I believe there are fifteen different objects in the series.  The series includes paperweights, vases, bowls, an oil lamp, and a wine glass.

Kosta is one of the oldest glass companies in the world.  Kosta Glasbruk was founded in 1742 in Smaland, Sweden by Anders Koskull and Georg B. Stael von Holstein.  In 1976 the glassworks of Kosta, Boda and Åfors merged to form Kosta Boda AB.  In 1989, Kosta Boda and Orrefors merged to form Orrefors Kosta Boda AB.  Ownership changed in 2005 with the purchase of the glassworks by the New Wave Group which decided to close the Orrefors glassworks in December 2012.  After that, all glass production was done under the KostaBoda brand label.  

Bertil Vallien (1938-) initially studied Ceramics, first at the art school Konstfack in Stockholm and then at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA).  While in the US he also worked as a designer at a ceramics factory.  After returning to Sweden in 1963, he began to focus on glass while continuing his work in ceramics, and developed an innovative sand-casting technique.  He was hired as a designer for the glassworks at Åfors and given the freedom to also work on his own designs part of the time.  The merger of Kosta, Boda and Åfors in 1976 made it possible to devote more capacity to Vallien's designs.  In 1963, he married Ulrica Margaret Hydman Vallien (1938-2018) a Swedish artist and fellow Konstfack student who started as a ceramist and then expanded her expertise to glass.

Large Size:  3 3/16" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The base is ground flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  Although the surface is textured by design, no chips, cracks, or scratches were found on inspection.  There are some rub marks on the surface that may have been there from when the paperweight was made.  These marks don't seem to be damage.  Please review the pictures.
Signature:  Signed on the base "BODA ARTIST COL BVALLIEN 98113", which indicates it was designed in 1981.  There is also a silver label which is blank, but originally read "BODA ARTIST COLLECTION SWEDEN".

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Signature on base
Base
Another view
Blank silver label (print has washed off)
Side view
Still another view
$95 postage paid in the US.  

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Kosta Boda Bertil Vallien Galaxy Blue Artist Collection Abstract Paperweight
4964 Dramatic Daum Egg Shaped Floral Paperweight from France.  undated.   This egg shaped paperweight features a very dark brown (nearly black) and white fan shaped stylized flower with large bubble in the center.  The stem is orange and dark brown and the design is placed above a clear bubble ground.  A very modern creation, it is signed "Daum France" in script near the base.  It also has its original label "cristal DAUM".  A dramatic paperweight in near perfect condition.   

Daum Frères was founded in 1878 in Nancy, France by an attorney named Jean Daum, when he took over a glass factory in lieu of repayment on a debt.  The company's product line has gone through many iterations since and this egg shaped paperweight is a modern product, produced sometime after 1970.  It is not in the current catalog.  The company still manufactures art glass in downtown of Nancy and a nearby village Vannes-le-Châtel.  Everything is handmade.  There are more than 600 Daum Art Glass items in the Daum Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts of Nancy (Nancy Musée des Beaux-Arts) that documents the history of glass manufacturing from the 1880s through the 1990s.

Size :  2 5/16” diameter by 3 1/16" high.   The base is ground flat. 
Signature :  Signed "Daum France" in script near the base.  It also has its original label "cristal DAUM".
Condition :  Excellent condition with one tiny pinprick on the top and a second pinprick on the base.  No other chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.

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Top view
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$49 postage paid in the US.

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Dramatic Daum Egg Shaped Floral Paperweight from France






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