« Last post by tropdevin on December 17, 2013, 12:58:05 PM »
I agree - Murano, late 20th century.
As a general rule when thinking about possible attributions, it is always worth considering who has made the greatest numbers of paperweights, as they are the most likely to turn up.
Of the hundreds of millions of paperweights that have been made, many will still be in circulation. I think the greatest number will have been made in China, with second place going to Murano (including Chinese made paperweights sold through Murano...). That seems to be true for all countries where I have gone hunting for paperweights in shops, malls, markets and auctions ( including UK, USA, France, Germany, Austria) and was true in Belgium this weekend! The next most likely sources do vary a bit from country to country: whilst Indian, Japanese and Czech pieces seem fairly ubiquitous, there are far more St Clair and mid west frit paperweights in the US than elsewhere, for example, and in the UK you will find plenty of Caithness and other Scottish pieces, Mdina, and smaller English factory products. In Brussels there were quite a few modest Belgian spatter and frit weights amongst the Murano and Chinese ones. What I have rarely found in France are antique French paperweights, although I did find a modest example in Brussels on Sunday!
You will of course also find significant numbers of unattributable swirls / bubbles / blobs designs, that have been made in countless small studios over the years.