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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
 
 
4654 Magnum Rosenthal Studio-Linie Bubble Glass Paperweight probably 1970s.  circa 1971 or later.  This wonderful Rosenthal paperweight features a cosmic image of a solar system with  six bubbles arranged around a central bubble.  Below the central bubble is another smaller smaller bubble.  All of these bubbles are arranged in a cloud of tiny bubbles over a clear crystal ground.  It is acid etch marked in reverse on the base with the Rosenthal logo and Studio-Linie underneath without the usual Rosenthal country of origin. 

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:  3 3/16" diameter by 2 15/16" tall.  The base is ground flat.  It weighs 25 ounces.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  Signed with an acid etch mark (applied in reverse) on the base with the Rosenthal logo and Studio-Linie underneath.  It does not have the usual Rosenthal country of origin.  

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Rosenthal Studio-Linie mark applied in reverse on base
$67 postage paid in the US.                       

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Magnum Rosenthal Studio-Linie Bubble Glass Paperweight probably 1970s
3406
Boda Atelje (Studio) Bluebirds and Palm Trees Paperweight Designed by Ulrica Hydman-Vallien.  Circa 1970-1990.  This is an interesting Swedish Art Glass Paperweight from the glassworks in town of Boda,  It may pre-date the merger of Kosta and Boda.  The paperweight features three blue birds and five palm trees.  The inner glass layer has a pink core or ground encased in a clear layer and then covered with a glossy blue overlay carved from a blue overlay.  The birds and palm trees are carved by removing overlay layer between them, leaving a frosted finish on the open areas.  The birds and palm trees are further decorated with red. yellow, and white enamel which is fired onto the body.  This is an impressive paperweight.  It is signed on the base "Boda Atelje 9048" followed by "Ulrica H.V." for Ulrica Hydman Vallien. 

Kosta is one of the oldest glass companies in the world, founded in 1742.  Today, the company remains in operation having merged with glassworks in Boda and Åfors.  The company name is now Orrefors Kosta Boda AB.   Ulrica Margaret Hydman Vallien, born in 1938 in Stockholm, is a Swedish artist who started as a ceramist and then expanded her expertise to glass.  Today she works mainly with glass and painting.  She also designs textile prints and carpets.  She is married to Kosta Boda artist / designer Bertil Vallien. 

Egg Shape:  2 5/8 diameter by 4 1/8" tall. 
Condition: Excellent condition. 
Signature:  Signed on the base "Boda Atelje 9048" followed by "Ulrica H.V." for Ulrica Hydman Vallien. 
Execution:  Perfect

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2625
Peter Raos Monet Series Spring Paperweight.  circa 1993.  This paperweight features a impressionist interpretation of a wildflower meadow created using hundreds of millefiori flowers.  It was made by Peter Raos in New Zealand and is part of his four season Monet Series of paperweights.  It is signed on the side near the base "Raos 1993 New Zealand".  This is a hard to find item.  A wonderful paperweight.

Peter Raos works as a glass artist in Devonport, New Zealand since starting his studio in 1979.  He is a graduate of the University of Auckland Elam School of Fine Arts and Design. 

Large Size:  Just under 3” diameter by 3 1/4" tall. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches. 
Signature:  Signed near the base with a engraved signature "Raos 1993 New Zealand". 
Execution:  Perfect execution. 

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4508 Dramatic FM Marcolin Art Crystal (Sweden) Sfumato Technique Egg Paperweight.  circa 1983-1988.  This dramatic egg paperweight demonstrates the excellence of Marcolin's use of the sfumato technique to create a smokey feathered appearance.  The paperweight was designed by Josef Marcolin and made by FM Marcolin in Sweden.  It is signed on the base "Marcolin Sweden M513-80", indicating the designer (Josef Marcolin), Style (513), and height in millimeters (80).  It also has a foil label "GENUINE HANDMADE IN SWEDEN - FM MARCOLIN ART CRYSTAL - FULL LEAD CRYSTAL - OVER 24% PBO".  A dramatic example.

Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights. .

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: 2 1/4" diameter by 3 3/8' high. The bottom ground flat.  Although the signature indicates the size as 80 mm, but this example is 85 mm high.   
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  It is signed on the base "Marcolin Sweden M513-80", indicating the designer (Josef Marcolin, Style, and height in millimeters).  It also has a foil label "GENUINE HANDMADE IN SWEDEN - FM MARCOLIN ART CRYSTAL - FULL LEAD CRYSTAL - OVER 24% PBO".  

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$125 postage paid in the US.  

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Dramatic FM Marcolin Art Crystal (Sweden) Sfumato Technique Egg Paperweight
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Kosta Boda Bertil Vallien Atelje (Studio) Abstract Paperweight. Circa 1970-1990.  This is very nice Swedish Art Glass Paperweight designed by famous glass artist Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda.  It features an internal disc of shimmering color with multicolored stripes encased in an oval of clear glass.  An intriguing paperweight.  It is signed on the base "Kosta Boda Bertil Vallien Atelje" followed by the number 305840126.

This was a difficult paperweight to photograph.  It is very striking and bold.

Note added later --- According to Bob Kegeles, this is called "Salvador Dali's Eye"

Kosta is one of the oldest glass companies in the world, founded in 1742.  Today, the company remains in operation having merged with glassworks in Boda and Åfors.  The company name is now Orrefors Kosta Boda AB.  Bertil Vallien been at the forefront of Swedish glass design since the early 1960s. He began designing for Kosta Boda glassworks at Åfors in 1963 and by the 1970s it became necessary to devote a whole glassworks to his artistic output because of his innovative sand-casting technique. 

Oval Shape:  3 1/3" long by 2 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" high. 
Condition: Excellent condition with some scratches on the base. 
Signature:  Signed on the base "Kosta Boda Bertil Vallien Atelje" followed by the number 305840126. 

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4588 Peter Raos Vincent Van Gogh Paperweight Perfume Bottle.  dated 1995.  This wonderful perfume bottle was made by Peter Raos in New Zealand.  It is part of his Vincent Series of paperweights and perfume bottles and features a Van Gogh type impressionist design of brightly colored millefiori flowers over a watery green ground.  The very long slender stopper is a reminiscent of a green vine.  It is signed at the base "Raos 1995 New Zealand".  This is a hard to find item.

Peter Raos works as a glass artist in Devonport, New Zealand since starting his studio in 1979.  He is a graduate of the University of Auckland Elam School of Fine Arts and Design.

Size:  4 1/2” tall by just over 2 1/2” diameter with the stopper.  It is 3 3/8" tall without the stopper.  The stopper is 2 3/4" long by 7/8" in diameter.  The base is partially finished with some remnant of the pontil mark and a hole in the center.  The stopper fits loosely.
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches found on inspection. 
Signature:  Signed near the base with an engraved signature "Raos 1995 New Zealand".   

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$375 postage paid in the US.       

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Peter Raos Vincent Van Gogh Paperweight Perfume Bottle
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Peter Raos Madame Butterfly Monet Series Fall Paperweight. circa 1993.  This paperweight features a impressionist interpretation of a white cherry blossoms on a rose colored ground meadow.  It was created using using hundreds of white millefiori flowers.  It was made by Peter Raos in New Zealand and is part of his four season Monet Series of paperweights.  It is signed on the side near the base "Peter Raos 2000 NZ".  Of all the Monet series, this is the hardest one to find.  A wonderful paperweight.

Peter Raos works as a glass artist in Devonport, New Zealand since starting his studio in 1979.  He is a graduate of the University of Auckland Elam School of Fine Arts and Design. 

Large Size:  Just under 3” diameter by 3 1/4" tall. 
Condition:  Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks or scratches. 
Signature:  Signed near the base with a engraved signature "Peter Raos 2000 NZ". 
Execution:  Perfect execution. 

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4640 Huge Magnum Kosta Wärff Green and Blue Bubble Abstract Paperweight.  Circa 1968 - 1976.  This is very nice Swedish art glass paperweight designed by famous glass artists Göran and Ann Wärff for Kosta Glasbruk.  It features a green and blue center core covered by many small and large bubbles.  The rest is clear crystal.  Signed on the base "Kosta 96899 Wärff".  It also has a label on the side "Handmade Kosta Sweden".  It is a very striking and bold paperweight. 

Note:  I believe the second and third digits "68" in the style number "96899" identifies 1968 as the year of the design.  This is consistent with the years that Göran and Ann Wärff were at Kosta.  From the mark on the base and also the label, the paperweight was made before 1976 when the name changed to Kosta Boda. 

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.  

Göran and Ann Wärff studied industrial design at a Bauhaus influenced school in Ulm Germany.  They worked at the Pukeberg glassworks in Sweden and then in 1964 they joined Kosta Boda.   In 1968, Ann and Göran Wärff shared in the Lunning Prize.  Their work was a joint venture, and was occasionally signed Görann.  They separated in 1972.  She then adopted the name Ann Wolff.  After 10 years of helping define a style with his innovative designs and processes at Kosta Boda, Göran took leave for Australia, then England, where he worked and taught.  He returned to Kosta Boda in 1984.

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 3/4" diameter by just under 3 1/2" high.  The base is ground flat.  The paperweight weighs three pounds (48 ounces).
Condition:  Excellent condition for its age.  I found only one small scuff on the side about 1/8" long.  There are also some tool marks (small indentations) on the paperweight from when it was made.
Signature:  Signed on the base "Kosta 96899 Wärff".  It also has a label on the side "Handmade Kosta Sweden". 

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SOLD.      

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Huge Magnum Kosta Wärff Green and Blue Bubble Abstract Paperweight

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