Modern Paperweights

Modern Paperweights covers the period from ca. 1930 to the present day. It includes millefiori, lamp-, torch- and flamework paperweights, surface-decorated and abstract designs. As the majority of collector-quality paperweights are produced in Europe and America we have divided the Modern Paperweight section accordingly, to avoid having a long list of names to scroll down. Other Countries account for only a few top-quality modern paperweights.
Within the categories the artists, studios and glass works are listed alphabetically.

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  • Europe

    In Europe, the pioneering artistry of Paul Ysart in Scotland in the 1930s, and the revival of paperweight production at Baccarat and St. Louis in France in the 1950s, helped paperweights regain some of the popularity they had enjoyed in the mid-19th Century. Initially produced in larger glassworks, today the trend is towards smaller glass “studios” and artists working on their own, who can react more flexibly to changing market requirements.

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  • America

    Modern American paperweights are at the cutting-edge in glass quality, design and innovative ideas. In the 1940s, a handful of “pioneers” re-discovered the “lost art” of millefiori, lampworking and paperweight-making and began to develop new methods of working with hot glass. They encouraged a whole generation of younger artists who today continue to develop new techniques and create their own individual styles.

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  • Other Countries

    Apart from the mainstream European and American makers, in a number of Other Countries artists and studios have produced - and in some cases still are producing - collector-quality paperweights. For instance, the excellent bouquets and floral designs made by artists in New Zealand and Australia and, of course, abstract designs from Scandinavia. Increasingly, paperweights from Eastern Europe are appearing on the market, as well as the “old favourites” from Murano, Malta and, of course, from China.

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