20th Century UK Weights 2
museum quality paperweights


 
 

PW267. Vasart Museum Piece. Striking Vasart piece with bold canes and colors and four row concentric design with seven twisted spokes and a 1-2 pattern. Circa 1950s Vasarts like this are in some ways more exciting than later Scottish production weights which arguable got into a rut in later years, and they are certainly more rare. These weights are nicely positioned in the history of Salvador Ysart through his boys to the still vibrant paperweight community in Scotland. Ground pontil. Condition is extra fine with some shelf wear. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 ½ inches tall; one pound and two ounces.  $85

PW379. Ysart Scottish Museum Piece by Vasart (1955-1964). Excellent Vasart cross weight with a beautiful bright deep blue ground. The total effect is like Van Gogh’s Starry Night with stars and comets arrayed on the deep blue dome of heaven.  Ground pontil and excellent condition.  As you can see from the side view, the canes are shaped in a mound. Not even much shelfwear for such an old piece.  2 7/8 inches in diameter; 1 15/16 inches tall; fourteen ounces.  $85

PW431. Ysart Scottish Museum Piece by Vasart (1960-1964). Excellent Vasart cross weight with a beautiful salmon pink ground. Possibly this is a so-called Vasart-Strathearn crossover where the nascent Strathearn glassworks used some old Vasart canes. The twisted ribbons are particularly colorful. As you can see from the side view, the canes are shaped in a mound. The center cane has what appears to be a letter “c” at the center maybe a “v” or maybe just an aberration. Excellent condition with a fire-polished pontil. Not even any shelfwear for such an old piece which   makes me think it sat in someone’s curio cabinet for the last fifty years – it has been in mine for quite a few years. 2 13/16 inches in diameter; 2 inches tall; fourteen ounces.  $85

PW2840. Whitefriars 1970 Museum piece. Stunning Closepack Concentric (the number of rows depends on the way you count the mass of turquoise and white stars at the center – up to nine total rows). The balance of colors is attractive – nice eye appeal. Embedded with the canes is a signature/date cane with the Whitefriars monk and the year 1970, 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 condition is excellent, like new. 2 1/16 inches tall; 3 1/16 inches diameter; one pound and five ounces.  $145