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Contemporary American Paperweights for Sale


The glass paperweights on this page are by contemporary American makers.  I am using it to list paperweights were I have only a few examples for sale by the maker.  Be sure to check out my other pages for specific makers such as Charles Kaziun , St. Clair, Degenhart , and Gentile Glass.

If you would like to purchase any of these paperweights, e-mail me at: aport@paperweights.com
 
 
4951 Early Debbie Tarsitano Red Flower with Leaves and Stem Paperweight.   undated circa 1976 -1978.  This paperweight features a red flower with upright yellow stamens.  The flower has leaves and a stem.  The ground is clear glass.  Signed at the base of the stem with the "T" Tarsitano signature cane used by both Delmo and Debbie Tarsitano from about 1976 to 1978.  The signature cane has a black T on a white background and a blue border.  A great early paperweight from this versatile glass artist.   

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Debbie Tarsitano has been making wonderful paperweights since 1972, when she and her father Delmo Tarsitano set up a glass studio to explore a shared obsession with glass.  While developing her glass artwork, Debbie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an Associate Degree in Journalism from Hofstra University, Long Island, NY.  Her work has evolved from simple floral paperweights in the 1970s to contemporary sculptural expressions.  The results are powerful, fresh images encased in glass.  Her florals are outstanding.  A formally trained painter, her passions lie in creating work that goes beyond traditional glass, building a bridge to the greater world of art.  She has collaborated with many internationally known glass artists, including Roland (Max) Erlacher, Ed Poore, Dino Rosin, Jiri Harcuba, and others.

Debbie and Delmo Tarsitano shared the same signature cane, feeling that their work was individual and distinctive and collectors would have no difficulty distinguishing between their art.  Although they did not date their work, the signature cane changed over time and provided approximate dates for the works.  The cane in this paperweight was used from about 1976 until 1978.  See Andrew Dohan's Dictionary of Paperweight Signature Canes for more information on the Tarsitano signature canes. 

Small Size:    2 3/16" diameter by 1 7/16"" high.  The base is ground concave.  High dome.  I had difficulty photographing this paperweight because of the high dome. 
Signature: Signed at the base of the stem with the earliest Delmo and Debbie Tarsitano "T" signature cane.  This cane was use from about 1976 to 1978. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection. 

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$375 postage paid in the US.                                               

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Early Debbie Tarsitano Red Flower Flower with Leaves and Stem Paperweight
3979 James Hart 2008 Three Ring Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with 29 Complex Rose Canes.  dated 2008.  This paperweight features a three ring close concentric design of 29 millefiori canes over a gold aventurine ground.  The outer ring consists of fourteen matching complex canes, each with a turquoise rose in the center surrounded by a ring of white millefiori canes.  The middle ring has nine white roses, each with a yellow center.  The inner ring has five blue roses with yellow centers.  In the center is a single green and yellow rose.  It is signed on the base with Hart's "JH 08" signature cane.  The signature cane also has two stars and a heart.  A fantastic example of James Hart's work. 

James Hart is a paperweight artist working in Nevada.  He started working in glass in 1985 focusing initially on millefiori designs and more recently on floral encasements.  He studied murrine making with Lauren Stump.  His signature has evolved from a simple red heart to more complex signature canes.  His millefiori designs initially included canes from Murano, but over time he created  a wonderful assortment of his own complex canes, some incorporating Murano canes. 

Medium Size:  2 7/16" diameter by 1 9/16" high.  The bottom is concave.  Unlike his earlier works, this paperweight is encased with a clear layer below the ground. 
Signature:  Signed on the base with Hart's "JH 08" signature cane.  The signature cane also has two stars and a heart. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no damage found on inspection. 

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$95 postage paid in the US.          

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James Hart 2008 Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with 29 Complex Rose Canes
3984 Rare Andrew Fote Heart in Blossom Paperweight with Two Electroformed Flowers.  Circa 1990-1995.  This heart-shaped, rose-colored paperweight has two three-dimensional golden flowers decorating the top.  The flowers are carved into the glass and then filled with copper using the electroforming technique.  A very unusual paperweight. 

Andrew Fote has a classical art background and studied at the Academia in Florence, Italy.  He studied glass at the Pilchuk Glass School near Seattle, Washington.  Much of his work features the human figure.  He has taught at the New Orleans School of Glass Works.  When not teaching, Fote lived and worked in Seattle, Washington.  He specialized in combining glass and metal, using a process called electroforming. 

Electroforming is the intricate process of fusing copper onto another medium using a low voltage electrical current.  The process creates a relief that becomes a separate part in its own right and allows artists to create thicker copper structures layered over other materials like glass or wax. It differs from electroplating in that a totally new layer is created. 

Size:  2 5/8" high by 1 3/8" wide by 1 5/8 thick. The base is ground flat. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed "Fote" on the base. 

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$95 postage paid in the US.  

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Rare Andrew Fote Heart in Blossom Paperweight with Two Electroformed Flowers
4834 Large Josh Simpson Inhabited Planet Paperweight.      dated 2017.    The basic theme of the inhabited planet series is that a new planet has been discovered with interesting features inviting exploration.  There is a light blue ocean swimming around green continents, forest filled mountain ranges and possibly inhabited cities.  Interesting, possibly man made, structures require further exploration.  There is a striped spaceship with an iridescent blue vapor trail on its way to investigate.  This is a work of astonishing depth and intricate beauty. 

Josh Simpson has been making magical glass objects including paperweights for over 40 years.  He has long had a fascination with space exploration and is married to Astronaut Cady Coleman.  He is a graduate of Hamilton College and has his own glass studio in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.  He focuses on creating objects with a range of color, form, contrast, iridescence, tessellating patterns and complexity. 

There is a great book Josh Simpson: Glass Artist by Andrew Chaikin.  I recommend it highly.

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Large Size:  3 1/16" diameter by 2 13/16" high. The base is ground flat.  
Signature:   Signed on the base "Simpson" and the number "2-13-17" indicating it was made in 2017. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches. 

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$245 postage paid in the US.    

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Large Josh Simpson Inhabited Planet Paperweight
4622 Lost Coast Jesse Taj Jared DeLong Limited Edition Faceted Flowers and Murrini Butterfly Paperweight.  dated 2007.  This is a wonderful combination of lampwork and murrini work, with a miniature murrini butterfly hovering over four pink and white three petal miniature lampwork flowers.  The flowers are floating on a translucent green ground.  This paperweight is a collaborative effort made at Lost Coast Studio in Trinidad, California.  The butterfly is an outstanding example of the murrini work of Jesse Taj Karolczuk.  The miniature lampwork flowers are made by Jared DeLong.  It is signed on the side near the base "TAJ" and "DeLong '07 #4".  This is a real jewel of a paperweight that shimmers with excellence.

Note:  Most Taj murrini are limited editions, so I suspect the paperweight is also a limited edition.  The #4 indicates the sequence, but I don't know the size of the edition.

Murrini often depict abstract designs, flowers and and even portraits of famous figures.  They differ from millefiori in that molds are not used to create them.  Rather the artist will build up a glass cane (cylinder shaped glass rod) by "painting" layer upon layer of glass until every cross sections of the glass cane contains the same image throughout its length.  The art of murrini making goes back at least 2,500 years, but contemporary murrini makers like Dinah Hulet, Loren Stump, and Jesse Taj have elevated the art to amazing new heights.

The Lost Coast Glass Studio is a collaboration of Jesse Taj Karolczuk and Jared DeLong.

Jesse Taj Karolczuk was born in Wareham Massachusetts and now lives and works in Humboldt county, California.  Jesse Taj began working with glass using lampwork techniques in 1994 in Eugene Oregon.  He uses murrini of flowers and animals as subject matter in his paperweights and marbles.  His murrini canes are sought after by collectors worldwide.  There is a permanent exhibit of his work at the Palazzo Rota museum in Venice, Italy.  He has taught glassblowing in Italy, Japan, and the U.S. 

Jared DeLong was raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He was introduced to the medium of glass at an early age, working alongside his mother cutting stained glass.  Later, he introduced himself to Lundberg Studios where he gained exposure to a hot-shop environment.  This experience helped him decide what he wanted to do in glass.  In 2000, Jared moved to Trinidad, California where he started Lost Coast Glass and had a successful partnership creating paperweights for the L.H. Selman Gallery.  He taught and attended classes at the Niijima International School of Glass, in Japan, and Venice, Italy.  DeLong continues to live and work with his wife in Trinidad.  Together they manage the Lost Coast Gallery.

Medium Size:    2 3/8" diameter by 1 7/8"" high.  Faceted with one top facet.  The base is ground concave.   
Signature:  It is signed on the side near the base "TAJ" and "DeLong '07 #4". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips or scratches.

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Lost Coast Jesse Taj Jared DeLong Faceted Flowers and Murrine Butterfly Paperweight
3898 Drew Ebelhare 2007 Millefiori Scramble Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 2007.  This is a scramble paperweight packed full of Drew Ebelhare's complex millefiori canes.  There are Clichy style rose canes and many other distinctive canes on a pink and white jasper ground.  It is signed on the bottom "Ebelhare 8-07". A vibrant colorful paperweight.

Although many people collect scramble paperweights for their own merit, scrambles are also valuable tools for learning to identify the different colors and canes used by each artist.

Drew Ebelhare has been making glass paperweights since 1983, focusing on millefiori paperweights.  Drew graduated from Florida State University in 1977 with a Bachelors Degree in technical theater and scene design.  After graduating and working at the Alley Theater in Houston, he made a career change becoming one of the founding members of The Houston Glass Art Society.  In 1981, Drew set up his first hot glass shop in Houston.  He now works out a new studio in Cañon City, Colorado.  His millefiori canes have evolved so he now produces his own unique style of floral millefiori canes, including Clichy style roses, camomiles, pansies, primroses, sunflowers and others.  Paul Dunlop calls Drew the preeminent millefiori paperweight artist in the United States.

In 2009 Drew started collaborating with lampwork artist Sue Fox.  Sue started making beads, buttons, and doll house miniatures in 1994.  Their wonderful collaborative works feature Sue's miniature lampwork surrounded by Drew's distinctive style of floral millefiori.

Medium Size:  2 11/16" diameter by 1 13/16" high. 
Signature: Signed "Ebelhare 8-07" on the base.  The signature is clear but I had trouble getting a picture of it.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips. 

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$295 postage paid in the US. 

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Drew Ebelhare 2007 Millefiori Scramble Millefiori Paperweight
4496 Interesting Dick Slater Multi Layer Abstract Paperweight.  Probably 1980s to 2000.  This is an interesting abstract paperweight signed "Slater" in script on the base.  The textured inner design appears to have been applied in layers over a clear core.  Probably made in the 1980s or 1990s based on the collection it was in when I purchased it.  The base is fire finished with remnants of the pontil mark (including a chip) remaining.  

I found numerous examples of paperweights, goblets, and vases made by the Berkeley artist Dick Slater, but no biographical information.  The only mention of him is in a 18" x 24" poster titled "Berkeley Art Glass" in the library collection of the Corning Glass Museum.  This poster or catalog mentions Dick Slater along with other well known Berkeley artists.  I have not seen the original document.  Some collectors and sellers have attributed this paperweight and similar paperweights to Aaron Slater, a marble maker working in Maine.  Aaron Slater has stated that he did not make this paperweight.  He stated that there was another American glass worker named Slater "working at the furnace in the Northern California area" who made goblets and I was able to find goblets with the same signature and appearance.      

Large Size:  3 1/16" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base has the remnant of the pontil mark is fire finished.  There is a chip on the base from where the pontil was broken off.
Signature:  Signed on the base.   
Condition:  There is a chip on the base where the pontil was broken off.  Otherwise in excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection. 

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Interesting Dick Slater Multi Layer Abstract Paperweight
3969 Unsigned Glass Eye Studio Pink and Silver Spiral Paperweight - Possible Andromeda Series Second.  circa about 2005.  This paperweight features a sparkly iridescent interior pink and silver spiral design.  There is a single facet revealing a view of the distant galaxy.  There are two bubbles near the center of the spiral representing bright stars at the center of the galaxy.  This paperweight is unsigned and has two tool marks near the facet.  For that reason, I am calling it a second --- an inferior example that was not intended to be signed.  Still, it is a fun paperweight with great color. 

Note:  The pictures show a green sparkle that is not apparent in the paperweight.  This appears to be a reflection of the silver color that is there.   

Glass Eye Studio was founded in 1978 in Seattle, Washington.  Managed by Dale Leman, GES is a production glass company that produces a range of glass products.  Most paperweights are signed with the acid etched initials GES, although some are signed with the engraved Glass Eye Studio signature or even a signature cane.  Each GES glass product includes some ash from the 1980 eruption of the nearby Mount St. Helens volcano.  

Medium Size:  Just over 2 3/8" diameter by 2 5/16" tall.  There is an angled facet showing the interior design.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Signature: Unsigned.  This is probably a GES Second.  
Condition:  Good condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches.  However, as mentioned in the description, the paperweight has two tool marks near the facet and should be considered a second.   

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Unsigned base
Tool marks near facet
$39 postage paid in the US.  

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Unsigned Glass Eye Studio Pink and Silver Spiral Paperweight - Possible Andromeda Series Second
4297 Drew Ebelhare 1994 Pink and White Clichy Style Swirl Paperweight "Pink Carousel".  dated 1994.  This is a Clichy style swirl paperweight made up of thirteen pink and thirteen white glass rods with a miniature light green complex millefiori flower in the center.   When viewed from the bottom, the image is almost the same except that the swirl is reversed and there is a Drew Ebelhare "E" signature cane in the center.  It is also signed on the bottom "Ebelhare 4-94".  A vibrant colorful paperweight.

Note:  This paperweight (or one just like it) appeared on the cover of an L.H. Selman promotional brochure featuring Drew Ebelhare's work.  In describing the paperweight, Selman names it "Pink Carousel" and states "This pink and white pinwheel is in perfect balance with the light green complex floret which crowns its center."

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Drew Ebelhare has been making glass paperweights since 1983, focusing on millefiori paperweights.  Drew graduated from Florida State University in 1977 with a Bachelors Degree in technical theater and scene design.  After graduating and working at the Alley Theater in Houston, he made a career change becoming one of the founding members of The Houston Glass Art Society.  In 1981, Drew set up his first hot glass shop in Houston.  He now works out a new studio in Cañon City, Colorado.  His millefiori canes have evolved so he now produces his own unique style of floral millefiori canes, including Clichy style roses, camomiles, pansies, primroses, sunflowers and others.  Paul Dunlop calls Drew the preeminent millefiori paperweight artist in the United States.

In 2009 Drew started collaborating with lampwork artist Sue Fox.  Sue started making beads, buttons, and doll house miniatures in 1994.  Their wonderful collaborative works feature Sue's miniature lampwork surrounded by Drew's distinctive style of floral millefiori.

Medium Size:  Just under 2 5/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high. 
Signature: Signed "Ebelhare 4-94" on the base.  There is also Drew Ebelhare's signature cane "E" in the center of the swirl (bottom view only)
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips. 

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$245 postage paid in the US. 

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Drew Ebelhare 1994 Pink and White Clichy Style Swirl Paperweight
4954 Early Debbie Tarsitano Green Zinnia "Envy" Flower with Buds, Leaves and Stem Paperweight.   undated circa 1978 -1980.  This paperweight features a green zinnia flower with upright yellow stamens.  The zinnia plant has a green flower, six yellow buds, leaves and a stem.  The ground is clear glass.  According to Debbie, the flower's formal name is "Envy" and was probably made at her Valley Stream Long Island studio.  Signed at the base of the stem with the conjoined "DT" Tarsitano signature cane used by both Delmo and Debbie Tarsitano from about 1978 to 1980.  The signature cane has a black "DT" on a white background and a blue border.  A great early paperweight from this versatile glass artist.   

Please ignore the glare from the lights.   

Debbie Tarsitano has been making wonderful paperweights since 1972, when she and her father Delmo Tarsitano set up a glass studio to explore a shared obsession with glass.  While developing her glass artwork, Debbie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an Associate Degree in Journalism from Hofstra University, Long Island, NY.  Her work has evolved from simple floral paperweights in the 1970s to contemporary sculptural expressions.  The results are powerful, fresh images encased in glass.  Her florals are outstanding.  A formally trained painter, her passions lie in creating work that goes beyond traditional glass, building a bridge to the greater world of art.  She has collaborated with many internationally known glass artists, including Roland (Max) Erlacher, Ed Poore, Dino Rosin, Jiri Harcuba, and others.

Debbie and Delmo Tarsitano shared the same signature cane, feeling that their work was individual and distinctive and collectors would have no difficulty distinguishing between their art.  Although they did not date their work, the signature cane changed over time and provided approximate dates for the works.  The cane in this paperweight was used from about 1978 until 1980.  See Andrew Dohan's Dictionary of Paperweight Signature Canes for more information on the Tarsitano signature canes. 

Medium Size:    2 5/8" diameter by 1 5/16" high.  The base is ground concave.  High dome.  I had difficulty photographing this paperweight because of the high dome. 
Signature:  Signed at the base of the stem with the conjoined "DT" Tarsitano signature cane used by both Delmo and Debbie Tarsitano from about 1978 to 1980. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection. 

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Back view
$595 postage paid in the US.                        

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3026 Very Early Ray Banford Miniature Cherries on Snow Paperweight.    circa  1971-1974.  This miniature paperweight has three bright red cherries on a white snow ground.  There are also stems and leaves and a piece of a branch.  It is a very early paperweight made by Ray Banford.  Signed on the base "Ray Banford".  

Ray Banford worked in Southampton, NJ.  He started making paperweights in 1971 along with his son, Bob Banford.  He continued to make paperweights until his death in 2003.  Bob and Ray did not date their paperweights.  By 1975 both Ray and Bob were using signature canes, so this paperweight predates that use.

Miniature Size:    2" diameter by 1 3/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat.  
Signature:  Signed on the base "Ray Banford".
Condition:  Very good condition.  One tiny chip (less than 1/16") as shown in the pictures.  No other chips, cracks, or scratches. 

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Tiny nick
$135 postage paid in the US.                      

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4771 Orient & Flume 1983 Magnum Compound Double Layer Floral Arrangement Paperweight with Signature Cane and Certificate.    dated 1983.  This wonderful paperweight features a compound arrangement of three different sized of flowers.  The flowers have millefiori centers.  There are two large burgundy colored flowers with complex millefiori centers, three medium sized turquoise flowers, and nineteen smaller flowers, of which seven are white, eleven are blue, and one is a green O&F signature / date cane "OF 83".  There are also green and brown vines and stems which wrap around to the base.  A shiny white ground provides a contrast.  It is an interesting construction with a multitude of lampwork on two layers.  It is signed on the base "Orient & Flume CW 15 M 1983".  There is also a remnant of the Orient & Flume label on the base and it comes with its original certificate with the registration number "CW 15 M 1983" and description "Crystal Cased Double Layer Floral".  The designer is designated as "Studio".  A great early paperweight from Orient & Flume.

Orient & Flume was started in 1972 in Chico, California by Douglas Boyd and David Hopper.  It studio took its name from its initial location which was at the corner of Orient & Flume.  Their early weights adopted a style that has become known as the California style of  iridescent paperweights with surface torchworked art nouveau motifs on the outside surface of the weight.  Later work involved interior lampworked designs such as the floral design found encased here.  Every Orient & Flume piece has a registration number which usually includes a date code.   

Very Large Size:  Just over 3 1/4" diameter by 2 11/16" high.  The bottom has been ground flat. 
Signature:    Signed on the base "Orient & Flume CW 15 M 1983".  It also has a signature / date cane in the design "OF 83" and it comes with its original certificate.  
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection.  Some bubbles in the design.

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SOLD.         

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Orient & Flume 1983 Magnum Compound Double Layer Floral Arrangement Paperweight with Signature Cane and Certificate
4497 Rare Magnum Tundra Glass 1989 Red Paperweight.  dated 1989.  This is an interesting paperweight from the short lived Tundra Glass Studio in Upper Red Hook, New York.  It is an unusual combination of white bits, blue tubing (canes), and a red ground.  The final product is cased with clear glass.  I would classify it as furnace work rather than lampwork or millefiori.  It is not a leap to imagine the glass worker starting with a gather of clear glass, creating a red ground from ground glass, and adding the bits of white and blue glass before the final casing.  It is signed "Tundra Glass 1989" in script on the base.

Tundra Glass was founded in Upper Red Hook, New York around 1983 by Mark Sonzogni and Tom Stoenner.  Both had previous worked at Stissing Hollow Craft Works in Pine Plains (New York) under glassblower John Gilmore.  According to a 1983 article about the studio in the The Gazette Advertiser (Rhinebeck, NY), they made most of their own equipment and used recycled glass left over from other factories or studios.  They exhibited at the American Craft Council (ACC) Craft Fair in West Springfield, MA in 1984.  Tundra Glass closed after about ten years.  

Tom Stoenner was originally from Long Island.  He has a degree in English and history from Hamilton College and was was a weaver before he decided to learn and concentrate on glass blowing.  He currently has his own studio Tom Stoenner Glass in the Hudson Valley. 

Mark Sonzogni previously worked in stained glass and apprenticed in hot glass with John Gilmore.  He was originally from New Jersey.  The most recent information I could find is that he operated Lizaville Glass in Red Hook, NY.

Very Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 3 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat.
Signature: Signed "Tundra Glass 1989" in script on the base.
Condition:  Very good condition. There is quite a bit of wear on the base, but no other chips or cracks or scratches.  

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SOLD.   

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Rare Magnum Tundra Glass 1989 Red Paperweight
2982 Large Ron Schuster 1990 Pink Lily Paperweight with Nashville, Indiana Label.   dated 1990.  This is a large paperweight with a single pink lily over a clear ground.  The paperweight is signed on the base with an engraved signature "RLS '90" and it also has the original label "SCHUSTER STUDIOS NASHVILLE INDIANA".  A superb early example from this studio.   

Ron and Penny Schuster have had a studio and gallery in the artist colony of Brown County, Indiana (Nashville, Indiana) since 1972.   Ron is a self-taught glass artist working in stained glass and blown glass.  His work in blown glass started in the early 1980s.  Their work can be found in over 50 galleries nationwide. 

Large Size:  Just over 3" diameter by just over 2 9/16" tall.  The base is ground with a matte finish with some parts unfinished and remnants of the pontil mark.  
Condition:  Very good condition with no chips,or cracks.  I found a couple of very faint scratches. 
Signature:  Signed on the base with an engraved signature "RLS '90" and it also has the original label "SCHUSTER STUDIOS NASHVILLE INDIANA".

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Label
$39 postage paid in the US.                           

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Large Ron Schuster 1990 Pink Lily Paperweight
4822 Magnum Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios Compound Burgundy Beta Fish and Anemones Paperweight.   dated 1997.  This paperweight by Daniel Salazar features a magnificent large beta fish swimming among ten blue-white millefiori anemones, red carpet anemones, pink corals and swaying green plants.  There is a neat arrangement of bubbles trailing the fish.  It is a compound composition and is very three dimensional with three layers of lampwork over an iridescent light blue watery ground. Signed and dated on the edge "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 1997" along with a registration number "111303".  It also has a Daniel Salazar "D.S." lampwork signature on the underside of the ground.  Perfect condition.  A wonderful paperweight.

The list price for this paperweight in May 2010 was $494.  It is also the current list price shown on the Lunderg web page.  My price is 20% lower. 

In 1970 James Lundberg founded a small "backyard" studio Nouveau Glass in San Jose, California.  He was joined by his brother Steven Lundberg, Daniel Salazar, David Salazar, and several other glass artists.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  They were known for their surface decorated designs and torchwork and later for their lampwork.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in an accident in 1991. Steven left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio.  He died from ALS in 2008.   Although in later years, each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios was signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist, the earliest paperweights did not have the artists signature.. 

Daniel Salazar is one of the lead gaffers at Lundberg Studios in Davenport, California and is their primary paperweight designer and maker.  He joined Lundberg in 1975. 

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Very Large Size:  3 5/8" diameter by 2 5/8" high. The base is ground concave.
Signature: Signed on the side near the base "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 1997" along with a registration number "111303".  It also has a Daniel Salazar "D.S." lampwork signature on the underside of the ground. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches. 

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SOLD.                 

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3153 Lost Coast Jesse Taj 2001 Butterfly Murrini Miniature Pedestal Paperweight.  dated 2001.  This is a wonderful example of the murrini work of Jesse Taj Karolczuk assembled into a miniature pedestal paperweight.  The paperweight features a butterfly in the center of two rings of flower murrini on the top, with additional murrini of butterflies, flowers, swirls, and other design elements on the sides.  A blue and white twist torsade encircles the footed base.   It is signed on the bottom "Jesse Taj #9 2001".  A great example from this talented artist.

Note:  Most Taj murrini paperweights are limited editions, so I suspect the paperweight is also a limited edition.  The #9 indicates the sequence, but I don't know the size of the edition.

Murrini often depict abstract designs, flowers and and even portraits of famous figures.  They differ from millefiori in that molds are not used to create them.  Rather the artist will build up a glass cane (cylinder shaped glass rod) by "painting" layer upon layer of glass until every cross sections of the glass cane contains the same image throughout its length.  The art of murrini making goes back at least 2,500 years, but contemporary murrini makers like Dinah Hulet, Loren Stump, and Jesse Taj have elevated the art to amazing new heights.

The Lost Coast Glass Studio is a collaboration of Jesse Taj Karolczuk and Jared DeLong.

Jesse Taj Karolczuk was born in Wareham Massachusetts and now lives and works in Humboldt county, California.  Jesse Taj began working with glass using lampwork techniques in 1994 in Eugene Oregon.  He uses murrini of flowers and animals as subject matter in his paperweights and marbles.  His murrini canes are sought after by collectors worldwide.  There is a permanent exhibit of his work at the Palazzo Rota museum in Venice, Italy.  He has taught glassblowing in Italy, Japan, and the U.S. 

Miniature Size:    Just over 1 1/2" diameter by just over 1 11/16"" high. 
Signature: It is signed on the bottom "Jesse Taj #9 2001". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.

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$345 postage paid in the US.  

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Lost Coast Jesse Taj 2001 Butterfly Murrini Miniature Pedestal Paperweight
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Large Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios Blue Angelfish and Anemones Compound Paperweight.   dated 1998.  This paperweight by Daniel Salazar features a large blue angelfish swimming inside a garland of blue and green anemones.  The green anemones are on a vine that wraps around to the edge of the ground.  They appear to depict a plant rather than sea anemones.  The blue sea anemones are free standing.  This is a compound composition and is very three dimensional with three layers of lampwork over a translucent blue ground. Signed and dated on the edge "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 1998" along with a registration number "031351".  It also has a Daniel Salazar "D.S." lampwork signature on the underside of the ground.  Perfect condition.  A wonderful paperweight. 

The list price for this paperweight in May 2010 was $420.  It is also the current list price shown on the Lundberg web page.  My price is 30% lower. 

In 1970 James Lundberg founded a small "backyard" studio Nouveau Glass in San Jose, California.  He was joined by his brother Steven Lundberg, Daniel Salazar, David Salazar, and several other glass artists.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  They were known for their surface decorated designs and torchwork and later for their lampwork.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in an accident in 1991. Steven left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio.  He died from ALS in 2008.   Although in later years, each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios was signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist, the earliest paperweights did not have the artists signature.. 

Daniel Salazar is one of the lead gaffers at Lundberg Studios in Davenport, California and is their primary paperweight designer and maker.  He joined Lundberg in 1975. 

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Large Size:   2 3/4" diameter by 2 5/16" high. The base is ground concave. 
Signature: Signed on the side near the base "Daniel Salazar Lundberg Studios 1998" along with a registration number "031351".  It also has a Daniel Salazar "D.S." lampwork signature under the ground. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches.  

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3691 Early Bill Slade Large Silver Veiled Translucent Blue and Green Compound Abstract Paperweight.  dated 1983.  This paperweight has many layers of swirling translucent pale green and blue veiling.  It is a magical technique that creates an image of fluid motion within the glass.  It is signed on the side near the base "B. SLADE '83".  A dramatic complex paperweight created in the earliest years of this technique. 

This paperweight has a "veil" effect created by using a metallic powder in the glass.  The veiling technique was first developed by Dominic Labino worked back in the early 1970s.  Later it was used by Harvey Littleton (1980) Ed Nesteruk (1982), Bill Slade (1983), and Michael O'Keefe (1984).  

Bill Slade, born in 1953, was educated at Jacksonville University (Florida).  He has been working in glass for since the late 1970s and today works with his son Jonathan at their studio Slade Art Glass in Jacksonville, Florida.  They make a variety of glass objects including vessels, paperweights, and sculptural pieces.  Bill has taught glass at Jacksonville University and other places.  He has received many awards and is in the permanent collections of several major museums, including the Corning Museum of Glass, Bergstrom Mahler Museum, WheatonArts Museum of American Glass, and the Chrysler Museum.

Large Size:  3" diameter by 2 5/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Signature: Signed on the side near the base "B. SLADE '83". 
Condition:  Excellent condition. No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection.    

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3412 Very Early Magnum Robert Eickholt Abstract Iridescent Paperweight.  dated 1982.  This paperweight has an abstract design of iridescent valleys and peaks with colors progressing from white or very light blue to dark blue.  The design is amazing.  This inner textured design is encased in an outer layer of clear glass.  It is signed "Eickholt 1982" on the base. This is one of the earliest paperweights by Robert Eickholt. 

Robert Eickholt has been making glass paperweights since 1978 when he founded Eickholt Glass in Columbus, Ohio.  His designs often make use of precious metals such as gold and silver, and rare oxides such as cobalt and copper.  In later paperweights by Eickholt the design moved to the interior and veiling techniques began to appear. He retired from full time glassworking in 2013, but still creates beautiful glass on a part time basis.

Very Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 3 3/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat.
Signature: Signed "Eickholt 1982" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition. There are no chips or cracks.  I could find no scratches on the body, but there is some wear on the base.   

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$89 postage paid in the US.    

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3960 Early Correia Iridescent Crescent Moon and Seas Art Glass Paperweight.   dated 1983.  This paperweight features crescent moon over windswept waves.  The moon and waves are depicted on the surface of the paperweight in silver and gold tones with a very dark blue, almost black background.  It is signed on the base "Correia PWMSC2M.16.83.7".  An amazing paperweight.  

Please ignore the white glare from the lights.  A similar paperweight by Steven Correia is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  The paperweight is incorrectly attributed to Roland R. Correia.

Steven Valentine Correia received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Hawaii in 1972.  He earned a masters in art degree from UCLA and then a second masters degree in fine art from the University of Hawaii.  He was drawn to sculpture and design.  Steven founded Correia Art Glass in 1973, along with a business partner Roger Roland.  It was one of the first privately owned art glass studios to spearhead the Art Glass Movement in the early 1970’s, creating a new American market for contemporary decorative arts.  The company continued to operate under the artistic guidance of Steven Correia until 1987.  The studio is located in Santa Monica, California and is currently operated by Steven Correia's children Algerine Correia and Jeffrey Correia.

In 1987 Steven Correia left Correia Art Glass and founded Correia Crystal in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he focuses his attention on creating sculptural objects.  He also has an interest in large-scale environmental kinetic light sculpture as well as his audio and visual performance art.  Roger Roland withdrew from the partnership in 1975 and established his own independent Roland Art Glass studio in Ketchum, Idaho. 

Additional note on signatures:  The history of Correia is confusing because some of the early paperweights and other art glass were signed "Roland R. Correia".  There are some sites on the internet that give Roger Roland credit for the early paperweights.  The paperweight in the MMA collection is identified as being by Roger Roland Correia.  This is incorrect.  There was no such person.  The signature was misleading.  It was a signature used by the partnership.  It is also possible to find paperweights signed "Roland".  These are distinctly different from the style of Correia Art Glass paperweights.

Small Size:  2 3/8" diameter by 2 1/4" high. The bottom is ground flat. 
Signature:    It is signed on the base "Correia PWMSC2M.16.83.7". 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  There is considerable wear and many scratches on the base, but the body is in excellent condition.

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Early Correia Iridescent Crescent Moon and Seas Art Glass Paperweight
3907 Small 1990 Lundberg Studios World Weight Designed by James Lundberg.   dated 1990.  This World Weight paperweight was first created by by James Lundberg in 1989 and became one of the Lundberg Studio's most famous products.  It depicts a whole earth representation of the planet earth with its continents, oceans, arctic regions, and many other features depicted in amazing detail.  The paperweight even includes wispy cloud formations.  Signed and dated on the base "Lundberg Studios 1990".  A wonderful paperweight.

Note:  The paperweight is in excellent condition.  It has a very slight crease in the surface in the clouds just above Asia (see picture with arrow).  I would like to imagine that was deliberate, but it may just be an accidental tool mark.  It is not damage.

It would be fun to go back in time and ask James Lundberg if this paperweight was inspired by the first color photo of the planet Earth taken from a satellite released by NASA in 1967.  This subsequently became the image used on the cover of the 1968 first edition of the Whole Earth Catalog.  Or maybe he was inspired by one of the images from Apollo 17, the last US mission to the moon in 1972. 

The current list price for this paperweight is $168 as shown on the Lundberg web page.  My price is much lower.   

In 1970 James Lundberg founded a small "backyard" studio Nouveau Glass in San Jose, California.  He was joined by his brother Steven Lundberg, Daniel Salazar, David Salazar, and several other glass artists.  The first paperweights were made in 1972.  They were known for their surface decorated designs and torchwork and later for their lampwork.  In 1973 the firm was renamed Lundberg Studios and moved to Davenport, California.  James died in a bicycle accident in 1992. Steven left Lundberg Studios in 1997 and set up his own studio.  He died from ALS in 2008.   Although in later years, each paperweight produced at Lundberg Studios was signed and dated by the studio and signed by the artist, the earliest paperweights did not have the artists signature 

The Lundberg World Weight can be found in the Oval Office of the White House, as well as numerous public and private collections, including those of the late Jacques Cousteau, ABC News Anchorman Ted Koppel & the National Geographic Society.  

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Small Size:   Just under 2 3/8" diameter by just under 2 1/4" high. The base is ground flat. 
Signature:  Signed and dated on the base "Lundberg Studios 1990".  This paperweight was made only one year after the original design in 1989 while James Lundberg was still alive. It does not have the signature of James Lundberg and was made by James or by another glassworker at Lundberg Studios.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  There are no scratches except for minor scratches on the base.  It has a very slight crease in the surface in the clouds just above Asia (see picture with arrow).  I would like to imagine that was deliberate, but it may just be an accidental tool mark.  It is not damage.

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$125 postage paid in the US.                                                                    

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Small 1990 Lundberg Studios World Weight Designed by James Lundberg
3903 Mayauel Ward Orange Butterfly with Pink Flowers Paperweight.   dated 2004.  This compound three-dimensional paperweight features a large orange butterfly flying under a canopy of pink flowers.  The flower plant has three flowers, two leaves, and a stem.  The paperweight is three dimensional with two layers of lampwork over an almost clear iridescent ground.  Signed and dated "Mayauel Ward 2004" on the base.  This is an absolutely wonderful paperweight. 

Mayauel Ward is one of the premier lampwork artists working today. He started with a glass class taught by Stuart Abelman at El Camino College. After completing his studies, he went to work at Correia Glass where he worked with Ken Rosenfeld.  In 1979 he joined the Abelman Glass Studio where he started making lampwork designs in 1987.  Although he continued to work at Abelman Glass, he also built a studio in his home in Manhattan Beach, CA.  His work is uniquely his own although he gets inspiration from the fine lampwork designs of Paul Stankard and Chris Buzzini.  There are articles about Mayauel Ward in the 1997 and 2006 issues of the Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors Association.

Size:   2 5/8" diameter by 2 3/8" tall.  The base is ground flat.
Signature:   Signed "Mayauel Ward 2004" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  I could not find any scratches. 

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Mayauel Ward Butterfly and Pink Flowers 
4650 Early Debbie Tarsitano Three Tier Red Flower with Buds Paperweight. undated circa 1977 -1980.  This paperweight features a three layer red flower with upright yellow stamens.  The flower with two buds and striped green leaves are placed on a curved stem that follows the curvature of the paperweight.  The ground is clear glass.  The petals sparkle with gold aventurine - although it was hard to capture this in the pictures.  Signed at the base of the stem with the conjoined "DT" Tarsitano signature cane used by both Delmo and Debbie Tarsitano from about 1978 to 1980.  A fantastic paperweight. 

Please ignore the glare from the lights.  I had difficulty photographing this paperweight because of the high dome. 

Debbie Tarsitano has been making wonderful paperweights since 1972, when she and her father Delmo Tarsitano set up a glass studio to explore a shared obsession with glass.  While developing her glass artwork, Debbie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an Associate Degree in Journalism from Hofstra University, Long Island, NY.  Her work has evolved from simple floral paperweights in the 1970s to contemporary sculptural expressions.  The results are powerful, fresh images encased in glass.  Her florals are outstanding.  A formally trained painter, her passions lie in creating work that goes beyond traditional glass, building a bridge to the greater world of art.  She has collaborated with many internationally known glass artists, including Roland (Max) Erlacher, Ed Poore, Dino Rosin, Jiri Harcuba, and others.

Debbie and Delmo Tarsitano shared the same signature cane, feeling that their work was individual and distinctive and collectors would have no difficulty distinguishing between their art.  Although they did not date their work, the signature cane changed over time and provided approximate dates for the works.  The cane in this paperweight was used from about 1978 until 1980.  See Andrew Dohan's Dictionary of Paperweight Signature Canes for more information on the Tarsitano signature canes. 

Size:   2 9/16" diameter by 2 3/16"" high.  The base is ground concave.  Very high dome.  I had difficulty photographing this paperweight because of the high dome. 
Signature: Signed at the base of the stem with the Delmo and Debbie Tarsitano conjoined "DT" signature cane.  This cane was use from about 1978 to 1980. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection, with the exception of one faint (about 1/8") scratch on the side.

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$595 postage paid in the US. 

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3950 Very Large Glass Eye Studio Lions Mane Jellyfish Egg Shaped Paperweight. Dated 2007.  This egg shaped paperweight features a pink Lion's Mane jellyfish with its tentacles reaching down to the base.  It is set in clear glass with controlled bubbles which add sparkle and dimension.  There is a larger bubble under the umbrella.  The design is part of the GES Environmental Series that is now retired.  It is signed on the base with the engraved name "Lions Mane" and the acid etch "GES 07". 

The Lion's Mane is the largest of all jellyfish, with its pink hued umbrella approaching a diameter of up to 6 feet and its tentacles sometimes reaching  90 feet downward.  It is found in arctic waters.  It weights up to a ton. 

Glass Eye Studio was founded in 1978 in Seattle, Washington.  Managed by Dale Leman, GES is a production glass company that produces a range of glass products.  Most paperweights are signed with the acid etched initials GES, although some are signed with the engraved Glass Eye Studio signature or even a signature cane.  Each GES glass product includes some ash from the 1980 eruption of the nearby Mount St. Helens volcano. 

Large Size:    Just under 4 1/2" tall by 2 3/4" in diameter.  The bottom ground flat 
Signature: Signed with an acid etch on the base "GES 07" and engraved "Lions Mane". 
Condition:  Excellent Condition. No chips or cracks or scratches found on inspection. 

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4766 Large Early Grant Randolph Angelfish, Anemones, and Pulled Feather Style Paperweight with Box and Certificate.   dated 1979.  This is a wonderful example of Grant Randolph's work featuring a surface decorated design with a red angelfish, millefiori anemones and other sea life with long tendrils trailing down, and a pulled feather design resembling waves.  The interior is a realistic looking pebble surface built over a white ground.  It is a very complex and ambitious design.  It is signed on the base "Grant Randolph Studios 79/3647" and also has the studio's gold seal.  It comes with its original box and certificate. 

Grant Randolph started the Grant Randolph Studios in Santa Barbara, California in 1977, so this is a very early weight from this artist.  He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Glass from the University of Hawaii.  The studio has also been the home to other artists working with surface decorated designs, including Chris Buzzini.

Large Size:  Just under 2 3/4" diameter by just under 2 1/2"" high.  The base is ground flat. 
Signature: Signed on the base "Grant Randolph Studios 79/3647" and also has the studio's gold seal.  It also comes with its original certificate and box.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips or scratches found on inspection. Slight wear on the base.

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Large Early Grant Randolph Angelfish, Anemones, and Pulled Feather Style Paperweight with Box and Certificate 
4408 Charles Kaziun Jr. Miniature Tilted Pedestal Spider Lily Paperweight with cobalt blue aventurine ground. circa 1960-1980.  This is a miniature pedestal paperweight with a white spider lily and four leaves on a cobalt blue aventurine ground.  There is a yellow and orange millefiori stamen in the center.  The paperweight is tilted at a 45 degree angle so it displays beautifully.  Signed on the bottom of the turquoise ground with a gold K. 

This design was Charles Kaziun's signature design and one of the most popular with collectors. This size and style was often referred to as a #1.

Charles Kaziun Jr. was one of the most famous of the American paperweight artists.  He is often credited with contributing to the rebirth of interest in paperweight making.  He made paperweights from the 1940s until his death in 1992.  His weights are usually signed with a gold K or a special millefiori cane containing a K.  You can read about him in many books, including:

Size: 1 1/3" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The pedestal base has a diameter of just under 1 3/4".
Signature:  Signed on the bottom of the cobalt blue aventurine ground with Kaziun's gold K. 
Condition: Excellent condition with no chips or cracks.

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$425 postage paid in the US. 

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4632 Charles Kaziun Jr. Vogue Lady Gold Foil and Millefiori Micro Miniature Faceted Paperweight. circa 1950-1980.   This paperweight features a gold foil silhouette referred to as the "Vogue Lady" surrounded by a garland of six white millefiori canes with green star centers.  The Vogue Lady is more than a silhouette, it is embossed to show details such as the hair, lips, nose, and neck.  The arrangement is placed over a translucent amethyst ground.  It is a true micro miniature paperweight, almost button size, faceted with six side facets and a larger top facet.  It is signed with a gold foil K on the base.  This is an especially nice example with amazing detail. 

This paperweight appears in photograph SI-30 on page 136 of the book Magic in the Glass - The Paperweight Artistry of Charles Kaziun, Jr. by Bernard A. Drabeck.  Drabeck states that the gold foil is 24 karat gold. 

Charles Kaziun Jr. was one of the most famous of the American paperweight artists.  He is often credited with contributing to the rebirth of interest in paperweight making.  He made paperweights from the 1940s until his death in 1992.  His weights are usually signed with a gold K or a special millefiori cane containing a K.  You can read about him in many books, including:

Micro Miniature Size:  1 3/8" diameter by 3/4" high.  It is faceted with six side facets and a larger top facet.  The base is ground concave. 
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with Kaziun's gold K on the bottom.
Condition: Excellent condition with no chips or cracks. 
Execution:  There is at least one tiny bubble in the glass, visible in the pictures at 9 o'clock.. 

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$495 postage paid in the US.

For more paperweights by Charles Kaziun, see my Kaziun Paperweights Web Page.

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4810 Mayauel Ward Yellow Flower and Bud Paperweight.   dated 2003.  This compound three-dimensional paperweight features a large pale yellow (almost white) five petal flower and bud with stems and leaves over a lilac ground.  The paperweight is three dimensional with two layers of lampwork above the ground.  Mayauel has integrated the layers so the bud is almost hiding among the foliage and the stems wrap under the edge of the ground.  Signed and dated "Mayauel Ward 2003" on the base.  This is a wonderful paperweight. 

Mayauel Ward is one of the premier lampwork artists working today. He started with a glass class taught by Stuart Abelman at El Camino College. After completing his studies, he went to work at Correia Glass where he worked with Ken Rosenfeld.  In 1979 he joined the Abelman Glass Studio where he started making lampwork designs in 1987.  Although he continued to work at Abelman Glass, he also built a studio in his home in Manhattan Beach, CA.  His work is uniquely his own although he gets inspiration from the fine lampwork designs of Paul Stankard and Chris Buzzini.  There are articles about Mayauel Ward in the 1997 and 2006 issues of the Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors Association.

Size:   Just over 2 5/8" diameter by just over 2 3/8" tall.  The base is ground flat.
Signature:   Signed "Mayauel Ward 2003" on the base. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  I could not find any scratches. 

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$245 postage paid in the US.                      

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