The Dictionary of Glass Paperweights

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Hardcover, 384 pgs., ISBN 9780961954758

7.5 x 10"

By Paul H. Dunlop

This book is an indispensable guide to the art of fine glass paperweights. The author, Paul H. Dunlop, has spent over twenty years researching and writing this book, as well as logging over a million miles traveling to see and photograph collections. It is the best introduction to fine glass paperweights a novice collector could hope for, and has new information on many aspects of antique weights to inform and delight even the most experienced collector.

Hundreds of original photographs and line drawings by the author give a comprehensive view of the history of this art.  How rare is rare? For the first time this book will put the relative rarity of many classic period designs into perspective.   What is the difference between a flat bouquet and an upright bouquet? Photographs from the top and side make this much easier to understand than a verbal description alone.  On a flower paperweight, whether common or rare, what is the significance of an added garland or a ground of upset muslin? This book identifies which motifs can be expected to have these and other features, and what percentage of a particular design will be so embellished.

This book examines the variety and scope of motifs, such as crowns and garlands, including who made them, how they differ from one another, and how many variations can be found. It also discusses contemporary paperweights and how they differ from antique examples.  Biographies of the best makers throughout the history of the art are featured. Who are the best artists today, and how did they get there?  

Laid out alphabetically—this book is an easy to use reference manual. It is a must for any serious glass or paperweight library!

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