One point of collecting is focus. Focus is essential to most as it gives a purpose and direction to a collection and by following its theme it is possible to create a cohesive collection.
:lol: There's my problem, Frank! Lack of focus! :roll: :oops:
One advantage of targetting Chinese weights would be that it can result in a superb reference collection that can lead to breakthroughs in knowledge of the genre.
Ah, now I'm 'back on track' a bit
Probably the first paperweight I even bought was a little Chinese crimped flower weight, bought in the '60's. Simple and small, but quite nicely made. Since I started 'serious' collecting I have bought a few more Chinese weights, mainly because they're what I can afford! :roll:
I have one of the c1930's Chinese millefiore weights which were supposed to be copies of the French; a couple more crimped flower weights, because they were pretty, cheap, and have slightly different and more elaborate petal styles from my '60's one; and more recently, a couple with slightly more interesting techniques :shock:
For example, one recent acquisition is one of the crimped flowers with lampwork bees and frogs, very nicely done and certainly IMHO as good as some early attempts of the now more famous 'names' in paperweight circles (whom I won't actually name :wink: )
Another is a large weight with an upright flower, crimped again, but with a delicate little torsade carefully placed around the central cane to give the impression of stamens. This flower rises from a carpet ground made of the same canes used for the centre of the flower - a sort of white on green cross. IMO it's a really good attempt! I can see someone trying very hard to make something attractive, not just churning out hundreds of cheap tat weights (such as some of the Muranese are guilty of doing!
So that's the Chinese 'focus' of my collection! :wink:
However, I'd really like to focus on the more expensive antique weights like my treasured Clichy, or perhaps some really good modern American lampwork, like Stankard or D'Onofrio or Tarsitano! :shock:
Well, a girl can dream, eh? :lol: :wink: