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 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

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