CHICAGO, Aug. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- L.H. Selman, the world's premier dealer of fine art glass paperweights, located at 410 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, will offer a rare auction of paperweights, previously held in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Close to 400 works of art, originally owned by prominent Chicagoans and passionate collectors, Potter and Pauline Palmer, Arthur Rubloff, Ella Grace Burdick and Lucy K. Kretchmer, will be offered at a live auction, beginning at noon, Saturday, September 17th, at 900 South Clinton, Chicago and worldwide, online, by phone or absentee bid. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Please follow the links on www.theglassgallery.com.
Each paperweight is a unique object of art. These handmade graceful spheroids are individually cast from molten crystal, with elegantly designed elements artistically introduced by a gifted maker. This auction boasts many antique works created during the coveted classical period (1845-1860) in France at the three major glasswork houses, Baccarat, Clichy and Saint-Louis as well as outstanding examples of Bohemian, British and American paperweights. Select works by contemporary artists including modern master Paul Stankard, are also included in this sale.
This exceptional auction will give the hammer price of each paperweight sold by the Art Institute of Chicago to the museum, and 100% of the net profits of the buyers' premiums will be donated to the Glass Paperweight Foundation.
In the fall of 2012, the Glass Paperweight Foundation generously supported the Art Institute of Chicago's expansion of The Arthur Rubloff Paperweight Gallery. The redesigned permanent space showcases more than 800 paperweights and the gallery, one of the most popular in the museum, is visited by hundreds of thousands of guests yearly.
The Art Institute of Chicago takes great pride in the depth of its paperweight collection. The glass objects being offered for auction have been very carefully selected; many of these pieces are near duplications of others currently on display. "The paperweight collection at the Art Institute has generated significant enthusiasm surrounding this magnificent art form," stated Ben Clark, CEO and owner of L.H. Selman. "We are honored to host this auction of fine historical art that will help place these valuable objects back in the public domain."
Interested individuals are strongly encouraged to schedule preview appointments at L.H. Selman by calling 800.538.0766. For more information about L.H. Selman, the auction, or to obtain an online auction catalog please visit www.theglassgallery.com.
PLEASE NOTE: Photos are available upon request. To arrange an appointment to speak with Ben Clark, please contact Jane Kaplan, Jane Kaplan Communications, 847.433.8594, [email protected].
SOURCE L.H. Selman