Val St. Lambert Paperweight

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Description (Brief)
In the 1700s, paperweights made from textured stone or bronze were part of the writer’s tool kit, which also included a quill pen and stand, inkpot, and blotter. By the mid-1800s, decorative paperweights produced by glassmakers in Europe and the United States became highly desired collectibles.
Decorative glass paperweights reflected the 19th-century taste for intricate, over-the-top designs. Until the spread of textiles colorized with synthetic dyes, ceramics and glass were among the few objects that added brilliant color to a 19th-century Victorian interior. The popularity of these paperweights in the 1800s testifies to the sustained cultural interest in hand craftsmanship during an age of rapid industrialization.
This Val St. Lambert glass paperweight features a blue, double Clematis on an opaque red ground, with a red, blue, green, and white torsade (twisted ribbon).
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1850-1900
maker
Val Saint Lambert
Physical Description
glass, transparent (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 3/4 in x 3 3/16 in; 4.445 cm x 8.128 cm
ID Number
CE.65.469
catalog number
65.469
accession number
264964
collector/donor number
99
Credit Line
Mrs. Florence E. Bushee
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Home and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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