Paperweight

A work made of glass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass.

Date:

c. 1870

Artist:

France or Czech Republic

About this artwork

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.

On View

European Decorative Art, Gallery 15

Title

Paperweight

Origin

France

Date

1865–1875

Medium

Glass

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Arthur Rubloff gift

Reference Number

1982.1480

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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