20th-21st Centuries United Kingdom 
museum quality paperweights

20th Century Scottish Paperweights: I find the paperweights produced in Scotland beginning in the 1920s to be extremely interesting from a collector’s standpoint. It all began when Spaniard Salvador Ysart immigrated to Scotland in 1914. Salvador came from a glassworking family in Spain and further enhanced his glassblowing skills at several glass houses in France. Salvador’s four sons followed him into the business and became glass masters on their own. Eldest son, Paul, “is generally recognized as the finest paperweight maker of his time” (Robert Hall in Scottish Paperweights). The history of this family and of those they inspired with their work is worthy of further study. Paul worked as an apprentice to his father at Moncrieff Glass beginning in 1922. Millefiori and lampwork paperweights were originally made by the Ysarts on the side, over lunch or after working hours, but eventually became part of regular production with the trade name of Monart. Glassworks that produced paperweights evolved from the early work of the Ysart family include Vasart (1946-1960something), Pirelli (a Vasart subsidiary), Strathearn (1965-1980), Caithness (Paul Ysart worked there from 1963 to 1970), and Perthshire (1968-2001). As the paperweight industry in Scotland grew, the next generation of glassblowers, many who learned their craft directly from the Ysarts, became master paperweight makers in their own rights. An interesting and beautiful historical collection can be assembled with examples from the different periods and glasshouses. A nice set includes pieces from all periods to show how the art form evolved in Scotland over the past 80 years.

 
 
 

PW554. Salvador Ysart (father of Paul Ysart) Museum Piece. Salvador’s work is often overlooked in the shadow of the more popular works of his talented son Paul. Let us not forget that Salvador is the true father of all Scottish paperweights. His work is far more rare than Paul’s and forms the keystone of a collection of Scottish weights. Identification was made by Robert Hall, author of Scottish Paperweights. This piece is in excellent condition with just minimal wear to the base. 2 7/8 inch diameter; 1 13/16 inches tall; 13 ounces. $350

PW453. Strathearn Closepack Millefiori Museum Piece. This is a killer large concentric closepack with an overall bright orange tonality punctuated with a range of other bright colors. Nicely made. Strathearn made some excellent closepacks like this one in addition to their more usual designs. A nice closepack weight like this belongs with a top grade closepack collection along with the Clichys and Baccarats. Condition is excellent with minimal shelf wear. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 3/16 inches tall; one pound and two.  $70

PW2553. Whitefriars 1976 Museum piece. Beautiful beehive faceted six-row concentric closepack from Whitefriars in England. The many facets create a kaleidoscopic effect and when you look at it seems to have many more than six rows. I was actually surprised when I counted them just not – I expected about ten rows. Embedded with the canes is a signature/date cane with the Whitefriars monk and the year 1976, which is when Whitefriars weights were still being made in England (before they sold the name to a Scottish company – after 1980 so-called Whitefriars weights were made by Caithness). The label on the side reads: “Whitefriars Full Lead Crystal Made in England.” The condition is excellent. 2 inches tall; 3 1/8 inches diameter; one pound and four ounces.  SOLD

PW2584. Whitefriars 1977 Museum piece. Six-row concentric closepack from Whitefriars in England Embedded with the canes is a signature/date cane with the Whitefriars monk and the year 1977, which is when Whitefriars weights were still being made in England (before they sold the name to a Scottish company – after 1980 so-called Whitefriars weights were made by Caithness). The label on the side reads: “Whitefriars Full Lead Crystal Made in England.” The condition is excellent. 1 13/16 inches tall; 3 3/16 inches diameter; one pound and four ounces.  Comes with one of the old-style hat box boxes which is also in fine condition. $175

PW570. Strathearn Closepack Millefiori Museum Piece. This is a killer large concentric closepack with a wide range of colorful. This is one of their best closepacks and is nicely made. Strathearn made some excellent closepacks like this one that make are a fine addition to a closepack collection. The dark gray background makes the orange fire burn with a festive glow. Condition is excellent with minimal shelf wear. 3 1 /16 inch diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall; one pound and two ounces.  $70

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