Hansen
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Hansen

Ronald E Hansen 1913-1987), USA. In the 1960s Ron was one of the better known artists working in the field. The book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers, published in 1967, devotes a full chapter to him. As a lamp worker, he traveled to fairs and expositions demonstrating his skills. No two of his weights are identical. On an interesting side, he had the reputation of selling weights with flaws or problems such as obvious annealing cracks or other problems. I think the reason was he thought first of all of how much work went into it and secondly that there would surely be someone, some child perhaps, who’d just love to have it as is (who wouldn’t). So for whatever reason, you see he work in a wide range from a bit sloppy and less skilled in his very early work to beautifully made and even sophisticated. One of his works is listed in Paul Jokelson’s iconic book from the 1960s, One Hundred of the most important Paperweights. His work is an absolute must for a collection of American paperweight artists’ work, or better yet a suite of his work. (I might avoid the sulphides.) Unquestionably he was one of the masters of the American Paperweight Renaissance. Some people claim that he signed with his full name of Ronald E Hansen when he was especially proud of a piece and shorter versions for lesser pieces.

Robert E Hansen (b.1964), USA. Son of Ronald Hansen. Followed in his father’s footsteps. He produced far fewer weights than did Ron.

PW3013. Ron Hansen (1910-1987), Mackinaw City, Michigan, USA, circa 1960s. The book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers, published in 1967, devotes a full chapter to Ron Hansen. This is a beautiful as well as historically significant paperweight from one of the masters of The American Paperweight Renaissance. Bird on a branch. In the iconic book from the 1960s, One Hundred of the most important Paperweights, by paperweight legend Paul Jokelson, includes one of Ron Hansen’s Bird on a Branch weights as #100. So if you want one of the 100 most important paperweights of all time as viewed from the 1960s by the preeminent paperweight expert, this is for you. The others in the book will cost quite a bit more – they are Clichy, Pantin, Baccarat, Mount Washington, and so on. Translucent medium blue ground. Signed to the base: “Ronald E. Hansen”. It has been reported that he signed only his best weights with his full name like this. Condition is excellent. 2 3/8 inch diameter; 1 3/4 inches tall; eight ounces.  $450


 
 

PW1621. Ron Hansen (1910-1987), Mackinaw City, Michigan, USA, circa 1960s. The book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers, published in 1967, devotes a full chapter to Ron Hansen. As a lamp worker, he traveled to fairs and expositions demonstrating his skills. No two of his weights are identical. This is a beautiful as well as historically significant paperweight from one of the masters of The American Paperweight Renaissance. Vibrant colors.  Attractive flower and green leaves on a bright orange sunset ground. The ground is swirled and various degrees of transparency - fabulous glass. Signed to the base: “Ronald E. Hansen.” Condition is excellent. 2 5/16 inch diameter; 1 1/4 inches tall; 6 ounces.  $160



PW1646. Ron Hansen (1910-1987), Mackinaw City, Michigan, USA, circa 1960s. The aventurine ring goes all the way around. Unsigned. Has old inventory number on base: “78.967”. Condition is very good with light scratches. 3/16 inch diameter; 1 3/8 inches tall; seven ounces. $100

PW1660. Ron Hansen (1910-1987), Mackinaw City, Michigan, USA, circa 1960s. Great colors and patterns. Unsigned. Condition is excellent.  2 1/8 inch diameter; 1 3/8 inches tall; five ounces. $160


 
 
 

PW2830. Ron Hansen (1910-1987), Mackinaw City, Michigan, USA, circa 1960s. The workmanship on this places this toward the end of his career- very well made with clear glass and a beautiful blue cushion.  Signed Ronald E. Hansen. Condition is excellent.  2 3/8 inch diameter; 1 1/4 inches tall; five ounces. $155


 
 
 

PW2831. Ron Hansen. Very nice butterfly. Unsigned. Condition is excellent.  2 5/16 inch diameter; 1 3/8 inches tall; seven ounces. $225

PW2832. Ron Hansen. Eighteen petals on this lovely flower. Signed Ron Hansen. Also marked with a black inventory number: “H-49”. Condition is excellent.  2 3/16 inch diameter; 1 3/8 inches tall; five ounces. $175

PW2833. Ron Hansen. High domed and faceted flower with a lime green cushion. Nice petals. Signed ‘Ronald E. Hansen” and with an “H” cane at the center of the flower. Condition is excellent.  2 3/16 inch meter; 1 7/16 inches tall; six ounces. SOLD

PW2833B. Ron Hansen (1910-1987), Mackinaw City, Michigan, USA, circa 1960s. The book American Glass Paperweights and Their Makers, published in 1967, devotes a full chapter to Ron Hansen. This is a beautiful as well as historically significant paperweight from one of the masters of The American Paperweight Renaissance. Bird on a branch. In the iconic book from the 1960s, One Hundred of the most important Paperweights, by paperweight legend Paul Jokelson, includes one of Ron Hansen’s Bird on a Branch weights as #100. So if you want one of the 100 most important paperweights of all time as viewed from the 1960s by the preeminent paperweight expert, this is for you. The others in the book will cost quite a bit more – they are Clichy, Pantin, Baccarat, Mount Washington, and so on. According to the collector’s notes, he bought this in 1967 for $160 from Farber’s Antiques, Vineland, NJ. According to the inflation calculator I found on the internet, that equates to $1100 in today’s dollars. Cerulean blue ground. Signed with his “H” signature cane. Condition is excellent. See images for bubbles and details. 2 5/16 inch diameter; 1 3/4 inches tall; eight ounces.  $375