Early Paul Stankard Compound Meadow Wreath Floral Paperweight. This paperweight features an advanced Meadow Wreath study with two yellow flowers, well defined variegated green leaves, stems, an elaborate root system, seed pod, and the hint of the circle of life. The ground is a wine color with a base color of light blue. It is signed on the base with an early “S” signature cane. This is an amazing early example with many of the features that would later define the best of Paul Stankard’s work. According to Paul Stankard, the Meadow Wreath is a stylized imaginary flower. Most of his examples have a five petal yellow flower, but this piece experimented with a more full bodied many petaled flower. Paul did several studies utilizing this flower as a concept starting about 1972. When I sent Paul pictures of this paperweight, he responded This piece is interesting and predicts elaborate root systems and seed pods. I’m not sure of the date maybe late seventies instead of the mid-eighties. Please Note: The stand shown in the pictures is not included with the paperweight. It is shown for illustration only. Note on white glare : Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights. Paul Joseph Stankard is considered to be the father of modern glass paperweights. He has a degree in Scientific Glassblowing from the Salem Vocational Technical Institute (now Salem Community College) in Salem, New Jersey and worked for ten years as a glassblower making scientific instruments for various chemical laboratories before turning his attention to creating glass art. He made his first paperweights in 1968 focusing on a realistic replication of nature. Today he is one of the premier lampwork artists and has shared his knowledge with many other fine glass artists. Paul’s studio is in Mantua, NJ. His work is on display at over 60 museums worldwide and there are several excellent books on this artist. Medium Size : Just under 2 7/16″ diameter by just under 1 1/2″ tall. The paperweight has a flat profile. The base is ground concave. Signature : Signed signed with a light blue “S” signature cane on the base. This signature cane was in use during the early to mid 1980s, but Paul says the paperweight may date from the late 1970s. Condition : Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection. Allan’s Paperweights is owned by Allan Port. If in doubt, please check with me first. Please do not ask me to declare this a gift. The item “Early Paul Stankard Compound Meadow Wreath Floral Paperweight” is in sale since Sunday, February 23, 2020. This item is in the category “Pottery & Glass\Glass\Art Glass\Paperweights”. The seller is “paperweights” and is located in Wellesley, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, France, Australia.
- Signed and/or dated: Signed
- Country of Origin: US
- Style: MEADOW WREATH FLORAL PAPERWEIGHT
- Original/Reproduction: CONTEMPORARY – ORIGINAL
- Glassmaking Technique: LAMPWORK PAPERWEIGHT
- Type of Glass: LAMPWORK PAPERWEIGHT
- Brand: STANKARD