Paperweights - Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco
by Peter von Brackel

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Paperweights - Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco  1842 to today
Especially the post-classic Folk Art Paperweights from Bohemia, Germany, and other European Countries
by Peter von Brackel 

By writing this book, Peter von Brackel filled a void in the available paperweight literature that most collectors didn't realize existed.  The book includes a survey of paperweights produced from 1842 to the present and then focuses more closely on the post-classic folk art glass paperweights produced in Europe between 1870 and 1940. 

It contains much previously undocumented material about the output of a number of glass houses and glass producing regions.  Examples are included from Bohemia / Czechoslovakia , Silesia, Thuringia / Saxony, the Bavarian Forest, the "Solling" mountains, other German regions, Austria, Hungary / Romania, Northern Europe, Belgium, France, and Russia.

There are sections full of drawings illustrating the profiles of these paperweights and the patterns used for beveling the weights.  There is also a section illustrating the methods used to make these weights.

It is full of wonderful pictures and is a must have book for any serious collector of glass paperweights. 

320 pages with 639 color pictures of 720 paperweights.  131 drawn illustrations.
Hard bound.  8 1/2" by 11 1/4".  1999.

Chapters are:

  • Contents
  • Foreword
  • What Are Paperweights?
  • Time Classification and the Origin of Paperweights
  • The assortment of paperweights, especially of the post-classic ones, according to their motifs
  • Pictorial and Verbal Description of Post-Classic Paperweights 
  • Souvenir and Advertisement Paperweights
  • English "Bottleweights"
  • The Most Typical Exterior Shapes of Post-Classic Paperweights including the Cut Forms and Cut Types
  • Making Examples of Typical Post-Classic Paperweights
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Footnotes
  • Name Index and List of Places
  • Appendix I:  Historical Overview of the Glassworks around Namur and Liege
  • Appendix II:  Value Index of the Depicted Paperweights

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