Thursday, 22 June 2017
Flower - Art frozen in glass: Exquisite paperweights - Pictures
In the mid-19th century, paperweights made in France - which became popular around the world - were small treasures which combined all kinds of age-old glassmaking http://ambler.temple.edu/about/news/landscape-architecture-and-horticulture-students-gain-ground-philadelphia-flower-show techniques, some dating back to ancient Roman times.
Christopher Monkhouse, chief curator for European decorative arts at the Art Institute of Chicago - home to one of the world's great collections of paperweights - says the public always fills his gallery. "They look at these little miniature marvels of technique, and they're just tours de force."
Left: A paperweight, c. 1848-55, from the Clichy Glasshouse of Paris.
Credit: Arthur Rubloff Collection of Paperweights at the Art Institute of Chicago