About This Artwork

France or Czech Republic

Paperweight, c. 1870

Diam. 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.)

Arthur Rubloff gift, 1982.1480

Glass paperweights became popular in the mid-19th century when the establishment of a dependable mail service led to an increase in letter writing and a demand for writing products. Lily of the Valleyis one of over 1,400 paperweights in the Art Institute's famous Arthur Rubloff Collection, which documents all periods, designs, and techniques. In this delightful example, glass flowers have been centered under the magnifying dome of lead glass not only to reveal the technical skill with which they were made but also to achieve an illusion of depth.

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