The Art of the Paperweight - Saint Louis, 2nd Edition
by Gerard Ingold

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The Art of the Paperweight - 
Saint Louis, Second Edition
by Gerard Ingold

This is a revised edition of an important informative resource for the collector of St. Louis paperweights and paperweights in general.  The second edition was issued to coincide with the 150th anniversary paperweight making at Cristalleries de Saint Louis.  As with the first edition, the book includes many wonderful photographs of paperweights and a substantial section describing the process of making paperweights.  There is a discussion of classical weights and also the modern weights made by St. Louis. 

St. Louis is Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 and started making glass paperweights in 1845 at the start of the classic period of paperweight making.  The book tells  history of the company.

One of the more personal sections of the book is the discussion of famous collections.  Ingold describes collections and collectors and offers a personal history of collecting.  He includes testimonials from several major collectors.

The book includes a complete illustrated listing of special edition weights for the period between 1970 and 1995.  The listing gives the edition size for each weight.  It differs in format from the first edition, which also gave the issue price and listed the portion of each edition reserved for the US market.  

Gerard Ingold served as one of the directors of Cristalleries de Saint Louis for many years.  He worked for St. Louis as an executive since 1949 and is also a long time collector of paperweights.  He was instrumental in bringing about the twentieth century paperweight renaissance.

128 pages with many many color photographs. 
Hard bound.  9" by 11 1/2".  1995.

Sections are:

  • Contents
  • Foreword by James Barrelet
  • Preface by Paul Jokelson
  • History of the Saint Louis Glassworks
  • Saint Louis Today
  • Principal Dates Marking the Classic Period (1845-1860)
  • The Classic Period
  • Birth of the Great Collections
  • Principal Dates Marking the 20th Century
  • Searching for Secrets of the Past
  • Manufacturing - the Role of the Craftsman
  • 20th Century Editions from Saint Louis
  • Sulphides
  • Annual Editions
  • Testimonials
  • Glossary
  • Museums
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