ATG Quirkies: Paperweights Make a Comeback

Photo by Robert Doisneau

The Surprising History (and Future) of Paperweights is an intriguing post from the Paris Review that describes a visit to the inaugural show at Fisher Parrish Gallery. The show featured “a collection of 117 new examples of paperweights.” And as you’d expect “almost none of them resembled the office accoutrement of last century… These were objet d’art…” 

Author Chantel Tattoli also provides a brief history of the paperweight and the glasswork techniques used in producing them but her focus stays on paperweights as an objet d’art. Among other things, Ms. Tattoli recounts how a young Truman Capote is mesmerized by Colette’s collection and how Christie’s mounts “an online auction of dozens of paperweights that had belonged to Arnold Neustadter, the inventor of that other once-ubiquitous desktop accessory, the Rolodex…”

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

 

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