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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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$67 postage paid in the US.                       

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Magnum Rosenthal Studio-Linie Bubble Glass Paperweight probably 1970s
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Dramatic Egg Shaped Floral Paperweight from Daum in France.  undated.   This egg shaped paperweight features a gold foil fan shaped stylized flower with large bubble in the center.  The stem is gold and black and the design is above a clear bubble ground.  A very modern creation, it is signed "Daum France" in script near the base.  Excellent condition.  Some very faint scratches on the base, but no other chips, cracks or scratches.  A dramatic paperweight.   

Daum Frères was founded in 1878 in Nancy, France by an attorney named Jean Daum, when he took over a glass factory in lieu of repayment on a debt.  The company's product line has gone through many iterations since and this egg shaped paperweight is a modern product, produced sometime after 1970.  It is not in the current catalog.  The company still manufactures art glass in downtown of Nancy and a nearby village Vannes-le-Châtel.  Everything is handmade.  There are more than 600 Daum Art Glass items in the Daum Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts of Nancy (Nancy Musée des Beaux-Arts) that documents the history of glass manufacturing from the 1880s through the 1990s.

Medium Size :  2 1/4” diameter by just ever 3 1/16" high.   The base is ground flat. 
Signature :  Signed "Daum France" in script near the base. 
Condition :  Excellent condition.  With the exception of a few very faint scratches on the base,  no chips, cracks or scratches were found on inspection.

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SOLD. 

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Dramatic Egg Shaped Floral Paperweight from Daum in France
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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$69 postage paid in the US. 

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Dramatic Marcolin (Sweden) Sfumato Technique Owl Figural Paperweight
4796 Peter Raos 1994 Monet Series Spring Paperweight.  dated 1994.  This paperweight features a impressionist interpretation of a wildflower meadow created using hundreds of millefiori flowers mixed with green flecks and aventurine.  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 1994 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 found on inspection.   
Signature:  Signed near the base with a engraved signature "Raos 1994 New Zealand". 

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$345 postage paid in the US.    

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Peter Raos 1994 Monet Series Spring Paperweight
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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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4685 Large Magnum Kosta Wärff Abstract Bubble Cylinder Paperweight.  Circa 1970 - 1976.  This is very nice Swedish art glass paperweight designed by famous glass artists Göran and Ann Wärff for Kosta Glasbruk.  The cylinder shaped paperweight is mostly clear crystal with a bubble center made up of many small and large bubbles.  Signed on the base "Kosta 97045 Wärff".  It also has a partial Kosta label on the side.  It is a very striking and bold paperweight. 

Note:  I believe the second and third digits "70" in the style number "97045" identifies 1970 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:  2 1/4" diameter by 4 1/4" high.  The base is ground flat.  The paperweight weighs just under two pounds (30 ounces).
Condition:  Excellent condition for its age.  I some minor scratches on the base, but no other scratches or cracks or chips.
Signature:  Signed on the base "Kosta 97045 Wärff".  It also has a partial Kosta label on the side.

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$85 postage paid in the US.   

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Large Magnum Kosta Wärff Abstract Bubble Cylinder Paperweight

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