Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Paperweights

From the moment paper was invented, there was a need for paperweights.

Many objects were used to weigh flyaway papers down.

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Obviously, rocks, bricks, and tree branches didn’t work.

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So glass paperweights were created.

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Some of the earliest paperweights were made in Venice in the 1840s.

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The Bohemians improved upon the techniques of the Venetians, and also incorporated the aristry of the French, who really brought the art of the paperweight into full flower.

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Baccarat is unquestionably the most famous and renowned paperweight producer.

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Other paperweight manufacturers included New England Glass Company, Tiffany, Ysart Brothers, Vasart, and Strathearn.

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No matter who created the beautiful works of art, each paperweight brings its own magic into the world.

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The beauty of a moment reflected in the center of glass

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Gaze into the center of a paperweight and see your past — your future

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You can find more works of beauty and light at:

Collectors Weekly http://www.collectorsweekly.com/art-glass/paperweights

Richard Mores Paperweight Photo Album  http://strathearn.smugmug.com/,

and other places across the Internet.

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