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. For several summers Frank was hired by Baccarat to come to their factory in France and train the glass workers in the finer details of paperweight making. 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.

PW1182. 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 perfectly formed fuchsia on translucent green.  His signature cane, “W” in a yellow circle, peeks out from the bottom side of the blossom. Condition is perfect. 2 3/8 inch diameter; 1 7/8 inches tall; nine ounces.  SOLD

PW2567 and 2980. TWO HOLLY BOUGH WEIGHTS by Francis Whittemore - Museum Exhibit.  I am putting these two weights together because they belong together as a demonstration of the advancement made by this artist in his early years of paperweight making. The holly on white is obviously more primitive in craftsmanship, and the holly on cranberry is a masterfully built, designed, and produced paperweight that demonstrates a high level of skill. The holly on white has a black W in red signature cane. He used these in the late 60s but not much since he didn’t like them. I’ve seen just two of these and both were on these holly weights. The holly on red has a black W in yellow circle that he used from the late 60s to about 1975. Both weights are in excellent condition.  Holly on white: 2 11/16 inch diameter; 1 1/2 inches tall; nine ounces.  On red: 2 1/2 inch diameter; 2 1/8 inches tall; eleven ounces. BOTH  $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.  SOLD

PW2981. 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. Condition excellent. Signed at the base of the flower with his “W” cane. Pedestal is 2 1/4 inches in diameter; globe is 2 3/8 inches; height is 2 15/16 inches; thirteen ounces. This is quite large for a Whitemore crimp.   $425