Glass paperweights

Art glass paperweights, 1960sStudio glass paperweights, made in Australia, c1960s
Kosta Boda Hippo paperweight, made in Sweden c1960s

These two paperweights show the 60s fascination with the ‘controlled bubbles’ glass technique. Controlled bubbles turned up in objects as diverse as vases, ashtrays and objects de art. And paperweights.

And continuing my love affair with retro Nordic glass, the third piece is a hippo-– designed by Bertil Vallien, as part of a ‘Zoo Line’ series of sculptural decorations for Kosta Boda. Sold as a paperweight or as a piece of stand-alone sculpture, these pieces are now quite collectible. [I also have the Airedale terrier of this series- but what a dog was doing a Zoo is anybody’s guess!]

Paperweights seem slightly redundant in these days of the ‘paperless’ office. But the art glass pieces look fantastic back-lit on a windowsill. The pig paperweight has a deep blue interior and graduated bubbles and the round paperweight has a deep red interior with random bubbles. Click on the image for a larger view and admire the colours and bubbles!

Both pieces are unsigned, which is not unusual in art pieces of the 60s, but I have it on good authority that the pieces are Australian. There are many paperweight collectors out there [check out] and museums dedicated to collecting and exhibiting paperweights. From the Paperweight Collectors Association I learnt that there are three periods of paperweight collecting:

The Classic Period [1840-1880] – mostly French made paperweights
The Folk Art Period [1880-1940] and
The Contemporary Period [1940 to present.]

A very venerable history! This set of collectible paperweights is for sale: $AUD145

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Art glass #60s style

Scandanavian art glass, 1960sScandinavian art glass
made in 1960s

Here’s another sample of Trish’s art glass collection: you may recall she collects in the colourway green & blue, in the decade 1960, from anywhere Scandinavian.

This art glass is really really REALLY collectible now and is becoming prohibitory expensive. I’m hoping this will curb Trish’s buying whilst freeing up mine…for kitschy Australian 50s ceramics. Until they are prohibitory expensive I am good to go!

The very definition of a good marriage: collect different stuff.

70s art glass

Pukeberg candle holdersPukeberg candle holders
made in Sweden 1970s

Pukeberg art glass is well known for its chunky, minimalist 70s styling; you might remember the solid glass, single flower vase ‘Solifleur’ I featured recently. This pair of candle holders compliment that vase nicely: and they are extra collectible because they still have their Pukeberg labels intact.

I rarely venture into the 70s [mostly because I lived through the decade and in Australia it wasn’t pretty] – but Scandinavian art glass is always so beautiful- combining the abstraction of the 60s with the chunky aesthetics of the 70s.

Glass pieces that are now very collectible to look out for: Pukeberg, Kosta and Orrefors [Sweden]; Riihimaki and Iittala [Finland] and Holmegaard [Denmark.]

I’ve teamed the candle holders with a sprig of Silver Dollar Gum [Eucalyptus gunnii] – I love the greyish colour of the leaves against the glass.

The pair of Pukeberg candle holders are for sale: $AUD75

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