Whitall Tatum Paperweight

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.
Whitall, Tatum & Company of Millville, New Jersey was formed in 1901 and employed first-rate craftsmen who created outstanding paperweights.
This Whitall, Tatum and Company pedestal paperweight features an opaque, rich yellow twelve-petal flower, freely suspended in a clear glass ball. The pointed center flower petals suggest that it is the work of glassmaker Emil Stanger.
Object Name
paperweight, footed
paperweight
date made
early 1900s
maker
Whitall, Tatum and Company
Physical Description
glass, transparent (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 11/16 in x 3 5/16 in; 9.398 cm x 8.382 cm
place made
United States: New Jersey, Millville
ID Number
CE*60.97
catalog number
60.97
accession number
211475
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Home and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Domestic Furnishings
Art
Paperweights
Exhibition
Wonder Place
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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