Francis Whittemore
Museum Quality Paperweights

Francis Whittemore (Pennsylvania, USA). Francis Whittemore (b. 1921) of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA, is a dean of the American Paperweight Renaissance. He is the subject of a full chapter in the classic book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers, published in 1967. Like many glass artists of the period, he was first a scientific glass blower. Educated at Harvard University (which he paid for by blowing glass) he later became a college instructor in glass making. He worked hard to perfect the colors he wanted. Most of his paperweight work occurred during the early 1960s and 1970s. He made his last paperweight in 1976. In my opinion, his work is artistic, precise,  inspired, and belongs in any collection with weights by the greatest American glass artists.

PW2238. Francis Whittemore Crimp Rose Pedestal Weight. I feel honored just to hold one of these in my hand. The skill, experience, and patience that went into its making were enormous, and the artist was a giant in the field. I rate Whittemore’s crimp roses right up by Charles Kaziun’s. They are delicate and accurate and some of them,  like this one, do what is best in a crimp rose – they have a graduated color in the petals, blue to ivory – this was the toughest part of making a crimp rose and was very difficult to get right. Beautiful fifteen petal crimp rose – blue to ivory. Signed at the base of the flower with his “W” cane. Condition excellent. Pedestal is 2 3/16 inches in diameter; globe is 2 1/16 inches; height is 2 13/16 inches; nine ounces.   $450

PW2729. Francis Whittemore Crimp Rose Pedestal Weight. Beautiful and perfectly made fifteen petal crimp rose – beautiful yellow roses with especially delicate petals and four green sepals. Condition excellent. Signed at the base of the flower with his “W” cane. Excellent condition. Pedestal is 1 15/16 inches in diameter; globe is 1 7/8 inches; height is 2 9/16  inches; seven ounces.   $400

PW2348. Francis Whittemore Museum Piece. Francis Whittemore (b. 1921) of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA, is a dean of the American Paperweight Renaissance. He is the subject of a full chapter in the classic book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers, published in 1967. Like many glass artists of the period, he was a scientific glass blower. Educated at Harvard University, he later became a college instructor in glass making. He worked hard to perfect the colors he wanted. This weight has a yellow daffodil blossom with a bud on a beautifully three-dimensional purple-fading-to-ivory ground. His signature cane, “W”, is in the base. Condition is perfect. 2 3/8 inch diameter; 1 7/8 inches tall; 9 ounces.  $275

 
 

PW1310. Francis Whittemore Museum Piece. Two Dogwood Flowers on translucent green ground. This is from a series of Whittemore paperweights with fluted sides and a concave top. The effect is to magnify and multiply the lampwork in attractive and innovative ways as you turn the weight in your hand.  His signature cane, “W”, is on the bottom side of the flower. Condition is excellent. 2 5/16 inch diameter; 1 7/8 inches tall; 9 ounces.  $350

 
 

PW1315. Francis Whittemore Museum Piece. (c. 1975-1980) Blue Columbine with bud on translucent ruby red ground. This is from a series of Whittemore paperweights with fluted sides and a concave top. The effect is to magnify and multiply the lampwork in attractive and innovative ways as you turn the weight in your hand.  His signature cane, “W” is on the bottom side of the flower. Condition is excellent. 2 1/4 inch diameter; 1 15/16 inches tall; 9 ounces.  $350

 

PW412. Francis Whittemore Museum Piece. Francis Whittemore (b. 1921) of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA, is a dean of the American Paperweight Renaissance. He is the subject of a full chapter in the classic book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers, published in 1967. Like many glass artists of the period, he was a scientific glass blower. Educated at Harvard University, he later became a college instructor in glass making. He worked hard to perfect the colors he wanted. This weight has a yellow blossom with a bud on a beautifully three-dimensional purple-fading-to-ivory ground. His signature cane, “W”, is in the base. Condition is perfect. 2 7/16 inch diameter; 1 7/8 inches tall; 9 ounces.  $275

PW1313. Francis Whittemore Museum Piece. (c. 1975-1980) Two bellflowers with stem on translucent blue ground. This is from a series of Whittemore paperweights with fluted sides and a concave top. The effect is to magnify and multiply the lampwork in attractive and unpredictable ways as you turn the weight in your hand.  His signature cane, “W” is on the bottom side of one of the flowers but you also get a double bonus of two extra signature canes that connect the red flowers to the branch. Condition is excellent. 2 1/4 inch diameter; 1 15/16 inches tall; nine ounces.  $375

PW466. Francis Whittemore Museum Piece. Three ripe cherries on stems and leafed branch over an off white opaque ground. The stems are amazing – perfect. This weight shows well the skill of Francis Whittemore.  His signature cane, “W”, is on the bottom side of the paperweight. Condition is perfect. Large for a Whittemore at 2 9/16 inch diameter; 2 inches tall; twelve ounces.  $275

PW2008. Francis Whittemore Crimp Rose Pedestal Weight. This is a scarce all white rose, a symbol of purity. The petals are beautifully formed. Condition excellent. Signed at the base of the flower with his “W” cane. Pedestal is 1 7/8 inches in diameter; globe is 1 7/8 inches; height is 2 11/16 inches; seven ounces.   $375

PW2820. Francis Whittemore Crimp Rose Pedestal Weight. I feel honored just to hold one of these in my hand. The skill, experience, and patience that went into its making were enormous, and the artist was a giant in the field. I rate Whittemore’s crimp roses right up by Charles Kaziun’s, especially this killer light-tipped beauty. They are delicate and accurate and some of them,  like this one, do what is best in a crimp rose – they have a graduated color in the petals, pink to ivory – this was the toughest part of making a crimp rose and was very difficult to get right. Beautiful fifteen petal crimp rose – pink to ivory. Signed at the base of the flower with his “W” cane. Excellent condition. Pedestal is 1 3/4 inches in diameter; globe is 1 11/16 inches; height is 2 1/4  inches; six ounces.   $425