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Offline seethru

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millefiori murano paperweight? ID = Paul Ysart, Scotland
« on: January 18, 2018, 02:09:00 PM »
Is this a murano glass paperweight...? I'm guessing it's Italian and possibly from the 50's/60's but to be honest i haven't a clue!

There are no labels attached and no signature underneath glass.

Any information much appreciated!

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Re: millefiori murano paperweight?
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2018, 04:23:00 PM »
Welcome to the forum.

A photo of the base is nearly always useful and another showing the profile would help too. I am no expert on paperweights but yours has the look of Paul Ysart to my eye. I believe other members here will be able to offer you something more definite.

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Re: millefiori murano paperweight?
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2018, 04:31:57 PM »
Yes, it is by Paul Ysart and made at the Moncrieff Glassworks in Perth, Scotland. It could date from the 1930s or mid-1940s up to 1962.

Does the clear glass show any particular tint, such as quite dark, very dark, purple, yellowish or is it quite clear? The tint, or lack of a tint, will suggest the likely date period.

As John has said, a couple of other photos would be useful. The base can be shown at a slight angle and the profile should be "side on" and taken against a plain white background.
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Re: millefiori murano paperweight? ID = Paul Ysart, Scotland
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2018, 09:37:01 AM »
Thank you Kevin/John....your help and info are most appreciated!

I'm showing my ignorance, obviously, but i've never heard of Paul Ysart! How do you guys identify his glass paperweights...?

The glass, to my eyes, is quite clear....

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Re: millefiori murano paperweight? ID = Paul Ysart, Scotland
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2018, 09:38:32 AM »
And here's another pic this time of the base.

ps...[i tried reducing size of pix but could only load one per post]!

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Re: millefiori murano paperweight? ID = Paul Ysart, Scotland
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2018, 12:21:12 PM »
You can attach four pix per reply using the more attachment button, each of up to 125 kb. Tints in glass are best seen against a piece of white paper. Your PW looks to have a hint of a tint to me

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Re: millefiori murano paperweight? ID = Paul Ysart, Scotland
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2018, 01:33:56 PM »
Rather than white paper i've used a white cloth background...[i hope that helps]!

I used led lighting on these pix but its amazing the angle of lens/light etc changes the 'tint'...!

Many thanks again for all members help on this paperweight...[i'm learning all the time which is good]!

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Re: millefiori murano paperweight? ID = Paul Ysart, Scotland
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2018, 05:42:49 PM »
Thanks for the additional pics and information.

As you are now aware, the background and type of lighting can distort the colour of the main dome in a glass paperweight - that is why we prefer a plain white background and (if possible) ordinary daylight for photos of weights. :)

However, it is clear enough that the dome in your weight does have a "dark tint" and this, together with the way the base is finished, suggests 1930s (perhaps also mid to late 40s) as the period it was made.

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I'm showing my ignorance, obviously, but i've never heard of Paul Ysart! How do you guys identify his glass paperweights...?
Take a look at the following:
http://www.ysartglass.com/
http://www.theglassmuseum.com/ysart.htm
The second link is to an article written around 2000 - some of the detailed information in that article, about uv light checks, has been superseded by later research but generally it, and the rest of the details are still ok.
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Re: millefiori murano paperweight? ID = Paul Ysart, Scotland
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2018, 09:06:00 PM »
Many thanks for those links Kevin...fascinating stuff!

I haven't had time to read all the information there but i was surprised to read that there are fakes produced to imitate Paul Ysart...is he really that collectable? I have no idea as paperweights are not my speciality...!

Brilliant to learn about any art piece and i'm always researching glass/ceramics/paintings etc...of which i have toooo many!

All the best and thank you all again...!

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