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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
 
 
6005 Dramatic Reijmyre (Sweden) Sunfish Figural Paperweight.  circa 1950-1960.  This large figural Sunfish paperweight was made at the Swedish firm Reijmyre and is signed with a gold foil label "REIJMYRE 1810 SWEDEN".  Possibly made by one of the Marcolin brothers.  The paperweight has an interesting green and brown textured interior that reminds me of later work by the Marcolin brothers at Färe-Marcolin.  A fantastic example.

Reijmyre was founded in Sweden in 1810 by Johan Jacob Graver.  During the early 20th century, Reijmyre produced high quality cameo glass.  The company changed hands many times over the years.  Lennart Rosen took over in 1950, and hired designers including Johnny Mattsson, Paul Kedelv and Bert Kindaker.  The Italian brothers Josef and Benito Marcolin worked at Reijmyre just before starting their own company in 1961.  The Reijmyre glassworks is still in production today.  

Large size:  6 1/4" wide by 4 9/16" high by 1 9/16" thick.  The base is polished flat.     
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  There is a small (9/16") unpolished area next to the base on the backside. 
Signature:  Signed with a gold foil label "REIJMYRE 1810 SWEDEN".  Possibly made by one of the Marcolin brothers during their time at Reijmyre.

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Label
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Closeup of inner texture
Base
$45 postage paid in the US.

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Dramatic Reijmyre (Sweden) Sunfish Figural Paperweight
5700 Magnum Hadeland Gro Bergslien Sommerfeldt Abstract Painterly Paperweight.  circa 1964-1986.  This magnum abstract Hadeland paperweight was designed by Norwegian designer Gro Bergslien Sommerfeldt.  It has a soft irregular shape with splotches of contrasting color on a pink surface.  The effect is a painterly experiment in glass.  It is signed on the base "Hadeland S.B." (for Sommerfeldt Bergslien).  It also has a paper label "HADELAND H NORWAY" and a second smaller label on the base.  It comes with its original small brochure.  It is a warm and comfortable addition to any collection of abstract paperweights. 

Hadeland Glasswerk was founded in 1762 in Jevnaker, Norway and began producing glass bottles, jars, and household glassware in 1765.  During the 1800's, production moved to wine glasses, bowls and vases, in styles popular in other European countries.  Hadeland began to create their own designs in the 1920's with a number of prominent artists and designers.  The company is still in production today and is one of the largest glassworks in Northern Europe.

Gro Bergslien Sommerfeldt  (1940 - 1991) was a designer and artist who worked in Norway's glass industry.  She studied textile design at the National College of Arts and Design in Oslo, Norway, graduating in 1960.  Gro continued her education at the Teachers State School of Drawing and Woodwork Education, graduating in 1964.  At the same time she worked in textile design and entered several competitions with her designs.  Gro Bergslien started as a designer for Christiania Glasmagasin and Hadeland Glassverk in 1964.  The creative environment allowed her to progress rapidly in glass and in design.  In addition to designing glass, she designed packaging for Christiania Glasmagasin, winning the Eurostar packaging award.  Her textile background shows in her work which was often characterized by soft shapes and use of contrasting colors.  By 1979 she was exhibiting her work in major exhibitions.  The Norwegian royal family gave six ashtrays designed by Gro Bergslien as a gift to Prince Charles and Princess Diana on the occasion of their wedding in 1981.  By 1986 she was no longer designing exclusively for Hadeland and had begun to design for other glass artists. 
She also worked as an enameller for the goldsmith company David-Andersen.  Her work can be found in a number of museums including the Victoria and Albert in London.  She has an entry (including a color image) in Contemporary Art Glass by Ray & Lee Grover (1975).

Very large size:  3 11/16" diameter by 2 3/16" high.  The base is polished flat.   
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.
Signature:  Signed Hadeland S.B." (for Sommerfeldt Bergslien) on the base.  It also has a paper label "HADELAND H NORWAY" and a second smaller label on the base.  It comes with its original small brochure.

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Label
Signature
View with brochure
Closeup
Brochure (small)
Profile
Side
Another view showing small label near base
Base
$95 postage paid in the US.

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Magnum Hadeland Gro Bergslien Sommerfeldt Abstract Painterly Paperweight
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
2797 Portugal Stylized Floral Paperweight.  circa 1970.  Medium paperweight with stylized flowers.  This style is distinctive to Portugal.  The paperweight has four blue and yellow flowers arranged around an orange four petal flower in the center.  The design is placed over a fine frit ground.  Each flower has a carefully placed bubble in the center.  The glass has a slight yellow tint which may be a reflection from the frit ground.  A very colorful paperweight.

Medium size:  2 3/8" diameter by 2 7/16" high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are some scratches on the base and a few tiny pinpricks or scratches on the dome.  The top is slightly uneven from when it was made.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this was made in Portugal.

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Profile
Another side view
Base
$29 postage paid in the US.

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Portugal Stylized Floral Paperweight
4511 Magnum Goebel Charlottenhütte Molded Bee Paperweight.  circa 1970s.  This very large molded paperweight has a three dimensional bee on the textured top.  It is disk shaped and is signed with an acid etched "Goebel" logo on the base and a silver foil label "Goebel Charlottenhütte Western Germany".  The glass has a very slight yellow cast but is mostly colorless and clear with a frosted bee on top.  An interesting addition to any collection of glass paperweights.

Note about color:  The glass has a very slight yellow cast but is mostly colorless and clear with a frosted bee on top.  The pictures exaggerate the yellow color.

Note about precedent
:  This paperweight reminds me of the Baccarat molded paperweights that appeared in their 1885 catalog.  Baccarat also included a molded bee. 

Goebel was founded in 1831 by William Goebel and his father Franz Detleff.  The first factory opened  in 1878 in Oeslau-Rödental (Bavaria).  The company sought recognition for its artistic accomplishments, high quality, and craftsmanship.  In 1935 Goebel was granted an exclusive agreement by Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel and the Convent of Siessen to create three dimensional porcelain figurines based on Hummel's drawings.  This product was immensely successful and led to the expansion of the company into other product lines, including glass.  The company prospered until the financial turmoils following events in 2001 and 2006 forced several reorganizations spanning until 2017.  Now under new ownership, the company has moved from Rödental to Bad Staffelstein.  The product line continues to be designed in Germany, but some production takes place elsewhere.  The Charlottenhütte Western Germany label is found on Goebel glass products made before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.  Charlottenhütte was an industrial area known for its steel industry prior to and during WWII.  After the war steel production was dismantled and other industries were allowed to develop.  Goebel Charlottenhütte also made copies of Swedish and Finnish molded glass patterns, including a very successful line of melting ice tree bark pattern tumblers.

Very large size:  3 5/8” diameter by 1 5/8” high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are some scratches on the base.  No chips or cracks.  A few bubbles in the glass.  The label is worn.
Signature:  Signed with an acid etched "Goebel" logo on the base and a silver foil label "Goebel Charlottenhütte Western Germany".

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Label
Goebel etched mark on base
Profile
Side view
Another side view
View from base
$45 postage paid in the US.

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Magnum Goebel Charlottenhütte Molded Bee Paperweight
5332 Dramatic Magnum FM Marcolin Art Crystal (Sweden) Sommerso Twist Paperweight.  circa 1983-1991.  This dramatic twist paperweight uses a Murano sommerso technique with a dark green iridescent core that sparkles and is covered by a transparent blue layer and then a clear crystal outer layer.  It is signed on the base "FM Ronneby Sweden M383" indicating that this is style 383 designed by Josef Marcolin when the company was in Ronneby Sweden.  The company name at the time was "FM Konstglas, Ronneby".  It also has a foil label "FM ART CRYSTAL STUDIO LINE GENUINE HANDMADE SWEDEN".  A fantastic example.

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. 

Very large size:  Just under 3 1/4" diameter by just over 4 1/2" high.  The base is polished flat.     
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  Signed on the base "FM Ronneby Sweden M383".  It also has a foil label "FM ART CRYSTAL STUDIO LINE GENUINE HANDMADE SWEDEN".  

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Back
Side view
Signature on base
Label
Top view
Base
SOLD.

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Dramatic Magnum FM Marcolin Art Crystal (Sweden) Sommerso Twist Paperweight
5513 Magnum Rosenthal Studio-Linie Swirl Paperweight.  circa 1971 or later.  This very large and wonderful Rosenthal swirl paperweight features a swirl of white glass over a clear crystal ground.  It is acid etch marked on the base with the name Rosenthal, the crown and crossed swords logo, and Studio-Linie underneath.  A dramatic addition to any collection of glass paperweights.

Rosenthal was founded in 1879 as a family business. Originally the focus was porcelain manufacture and porcelain painting.  In 1960, the Rosenthal Studiohaus was opened in Nuremberg and in 1965 the name was changed briefly to Rosenthal Glas & Porzellan AG and then in 1960 to Rosenthal AG in 1969.  From 1997 to 2008, the Rosenthal AG owned most of the British-Irish Waterford Wedgwood Group.  The Studio-Linie mark was used from 1971 to at least 1995.  Since the Rosenthal mark on this paperweight does not identify the country of origin (normally Germany), it is possible that the paperweight was made at Waterford, but I have no evidence one way or the other.

Very large size:  4 5/15” diameter by 2 15/16” high.  The base is polished flat.  It weighs just under three pounds (47.1 ounces).
Condition:  Very good condition.  One tiny bruise (less than 1/8" across) found on the side next to the base when taking pictures. Not noticed in earlier inspections.  No other chips, cracks or scratches. A few tiny bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Signed with an acid etch mark on the base with the name Rosenthal, the crown and crossed swords logo, and Studio-Linie underneath.   

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Side view
Profile
Rosenthal Studio-Linie mark on base
Closeup
Upside down
Tiny bruise (<1/8") on side near base
Base
View from back
$95 postage paid in the US.

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Magnum Rosenthal Studio-Linie Swirl Paperweight

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