I remember being mesmerized as a kid with the glass paperweights that sat on my neighbor’s living room table. His mother used them more for decorating than any functional use, but the intricate hand blown glass was fascinating. We played for hours looking deep into the tiny pockets of air and thought we had special powers just like the Disney cartoons featuring the infamous crystal ball. I still think these artisan examples hold some unknown power. The way they are crafted is quite impressive. And the quality they bring to a desk is just as artistic.
I have a few Murano glass paperweights on my desk. They are mementos from my trip to Italy and I was able to find some unique fortunes for around $10 USD. A simple Google search brought me to DapperFrog.com, a purveyor of household artifacts for a wide selection of glass paperweights. When searching for your own treasure, be sure to stay away from the “flowers” and “fishes.” You’ll know what I mean once you start looking.
The black & white swirl paperweight above sells for $49.50. I think it’s quite stunning and would look fantastic on either a black or white work surface. Another favorite from DapperFrog is the Circus Stripes with Aqua, priced at $39.50. And take a look at the egg-shaped Mondrian swirl. For an eclectic set, be sure to find paperweights in varying sizes.
I also found a rather inexpensive option if the Murano glass is a stretch for the budget. The New York Public Library is selling an etched globe paperweight through their online store for only $15. It’s a simple design that throws me back to the heyday of Pan Am Airways.
To purchase the etched glass globe, visit www.thelibraryshop.org and do a search for paperweights.
Visit www.dapperfrog.com for rare Murano glass paperweights and other office accessories that might be right for you.