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Offline Glassheart

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Hi all,

Recently acquired this paperweight, what intrigued me was the explosion of colours and millefiori canes in the bed.  I understand this is a 'Fountain' design, would anyone hazard a guess as to the the identfication/maker of this weight?  It measures about 3"x3" with a smooth cut base.

Many thanks, Monty


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Re: Multi-coloured 'Fountain' & Millefiori canes Paperweight for ID
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2011, 02:27:17 PM »
I dont know who made it but someone will recognize those canes. That's a good one.


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Re: Multi-coloured 'Fountain' & Millefiori canes Paperweight for ID
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2011, 02:51:29 PM »
Thanks, it is very pretty !


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Re: Multi-coloured 'Fountain' & Millefiori canes Paperweight for ID
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2011, 09:32:36 PM »
A couple of those canes suggest Ysart Brothers...
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Re: Multi-coloured 'Fountain' & Millefiori canes Paperweight for ID
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2011, 10:07:16 PM »
Hi Monty,

The design of your weight is not a "Fountain". It is a "Double Harlequin" and of a form that was first made by Paul Ysart in the 1930s. But I think this one may have been made by Salvador Ysart, not Paul!

As I was replying Frank made a good observation about the canes. The canes that are clearly visible in your photos do indeed match with what are usually said to be Vasart canes (from the Ysart Brothers Glass period 1946 - 1956). However, many "early Vasart" canes can be found in certain types of pre-war Monart bottle stoppers, so the canes in your weight could easily have been made in the pre-war Ysart years.

It is the overall look of the weight that suggests Salvador's work to me. However, from a top view, looking straight down, and from a bottom view looking square on to the base, many people would say this is by Paul Ysart! Also, the fact that the upper layer is set on a white ground is something that ties in with several examples of this design made by Paul. But whether the white layer is actually formed the same way as those I have seen in Paul's work cannot be confirmed from the above photos.

If possible I would like to see photos of:
  • All the canes - a series of shots around the lower section and four closeup shots looking down on sections of the upper layer
  • A straight-on side view, similar to a view you have already given but with the top and base of the weight fully in view
  • A closeup shot of the underside of the white layer
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Re: Multi-coloured 'Fountain' & Millefiori canes Paperweight for ID
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2011, 08:27:08 AM »
Wow!  Thanks Kev.  Very very interesting indeed.  A good find then?  Found it yesterday in an Antiques centre just sitting on a shelf gathering dust.  I was drawn in by the intense colours and design.  The weight does show signs of wear with some bruising and nicks & scratches to the base, but it was still too fascinating to leave alone!

I will get some more pictures up for you later on this afternoon.  I apologise for the size of the pics, unfortunately I can't get anything bigger due to the resolution of my camera and the attachment size restrictions

Many Thanks,

Monty :hiclp:


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Re: Multi-coloured 'Fountain' & Millefiori canes Paperweight for ID
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2011, 02:21:22 PM »
Hi Kev,

More pics as requested.


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Re: Multi-coloured 'Fountain' & Millefiori canes Paperweight for ID
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2011, 02:26:10 PM »
...And some more


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Re: Multi-coloured 'Fountain' & Millefiori canes Paperweight for ID
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2011, 02:28:22 PM »
...yet more!


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Re: Multi-coloured 'Fountain' & Millefiori canes Paperweight for ID
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2011, 02:30:15 PM »
...And finally...that should do it.  Let me know if these are any good or if you need even more!  Regards Monty

 

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