Studio 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 www.paperweight.org] 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