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Author Topic: Most likely American 1970s but . . . ID = Stephen Fellerman, USA  (Read 648 times)

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I have a pair of these pieces. They're very typical for the American Studio era that is by far my favorite paperweights, the studio Art Nouveau w8s of the 70's.

There are several features that make this one quite different however.

1) The base is quite distinct for an American piece of that time, (I'm showing one, but both are the same) Every other piece I've had from that time (Orient & Flume, Lundberg, Abelman, Correia, Vandermark, Phoenix, Zephyr, Union Jack, Crider,etc) has a totally flat base, generally the matte white of the inner weight. While this one is distinctively recessed, with a rolled edge, and what I would almost call a "stretched" iridescence.

2) Again, every other piece I'm familiar with (I won't repeat the litany) features a smooth finished background, (most matte, some glossy, and some translucent) but all smooth, and uniform. These feature a very "organic" feeling, smooth to the touch, but very earthy natural feeling.

My eyes keep picking up scratch signatures around the base ridge, but it's just looking too hard, i keep picking up the coarse edges, as a scratch siggy.

The iridescence is what I would call a "soft gloss", not shiny sharp gloss, but not satin (like the classic O&F), but somewhere in between.

Any thoughts?
Bob Kegeles

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Re: Most likely American 1970s but . . .
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2014, 02:03:19 PM »
It may be by Nick Del Matto, Logan, OH. he didn't polish the bottoms of his for many years. contact him and see.

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Re: Most likely American 1970s but . . .
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2014, 11:42:00 PM »
Great call!

I didn't contact Nick, but ran across a signed piece today (talk about coincidence), same flower on top, a less organic earthy feel to the background, and a very similar base.

Thanks for your help!

Bob
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Re: Most likely American 1970s but . . .-- ID - Stephen Fellerman
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2014, 09:47:01 PM »
Okay, I was wrong about Nick Del Matto.

This is a Fellerman piece (I just picked up another in the same series).

Thanks for everyone's help.
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