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Offline Tony G

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Russian Paperweights ? A lesson please.
« on: March 04, 2012, 03:48:31 PM »
Hi All,
          firstly, please excuse my ignorance but before today I had never heard of glass paperweights from Russia!! I bet I'm in a small minority but better to learn later than not at all.

Bonhams November sale of glass and paperweights had a number of "Russian paperweights" at BIG prices. I would love to hear from the experts about this area that has passed me by.


Cheers

Tony


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Re: Russian Paperweights ? A lesson please.
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2012, 05:20:56 PM »
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Hi Tony.

Russian paperweights (and related items) are rare. About half the known examples in the world were sold in that Bonhams sale!  You can still browse the on-line catalogue to see the images. Some of the plaques and paperweights were made at the Maltsov factory around 1900, and the others may well date to the same period. I don't think anyone knows which other factories might have been involved.  In the past, most of the plaques and flowers were attributed (wrongly) to Mount Washington.

There was a short article about the Maltsov plaques and paperweights (including a copy of the original catalogue page) in the April 2011 issue of the Paperweight Collectors Circle Newsletter.  I have written an illustrated account of the Bonhams sale for the April 2012 issue, and I am working on a talk which includes information about Russian paperweights.

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Re: Russian Paperweights ? My interest aroused!!
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2012, 06:05:33 PM »
Hi Alan,
             thanks for your very informative reply. I will look forward with great interest to your piece in April's newsletter and of course your talk at some future PCC meeting.


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Tony


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Re: Russian Paperweights ? A lesson please.
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2012, 06:47:38 PM »
For general interest, Bob Hall's World Paperweights: Millefiori & Lampwork (ISBN 0-7643-1349-5) has a short but representative section on Russian weights and related objects.
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