SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – How does the team at L.H. Selman Ltd., specialists in art-glass paperweights, define its upcoming Market Square Auction? Ask them and they’ll head straight for the collectors’ dictionary:
Pronunciation: \mär-kət-skwer\ \ok-shən\. Function: noun. Definition: 1) a fun, assortment of the eclectic, the rare and the not so rare, 2) a way to find just the right piece you didn’t know you wanted for your collection.
L.H. Selman is lightening its load as its staff commences with plans for a future move to Chicago’s Fine Arts Building, located on Michigan Avenue across from the Art Institute and the Rubloff Collection. That means great buying opportunities lie ahead this weekend for collectors, who can participate in L.H. Selman’s Sept. 12 auction absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com.
For more than 35 years, L. H. Selman Ltd. has amassed a treasure trove of wonderful glass art designs in its archive. These designs range from the very best in antique French, English, Russian and American paperweights to a deep and rich assortment of all the finest contemporary and modern glass artists’ work from around the world. From Ayotte to Ysart, it’s likely to be found in Selman’s inventory.
Ben Clark, co-owner of L.H. Selman, said that in preparing for the Sept. 12 sale, the company’s floor-to-ceiling storage cabinets, whose drawers were bursting with paperweights, were opened and emptied to create a dazzling auction offering. Ben calls it “a fun, light-hearted selection of some of our best and some of our ‘not-so-best’ pieces.” In short, it’s a sale for all collector levels.
“It’s a truly eclectic mix of antique and contemporary paperweights, along with wonderful glass art, glass-related jewelry and a number of glass vases from two extensive collections, including works from the Orient & Flume archive collection.”
Leading the paperweights is a 1993 Paul Stankard design. Comprised of a cloistered botanical paperweight with a honeybee theme, it features vines, flowers and leaves and two bees crawling across sections of honeycomb. It is expected to make $14,250-$18,750 at auction.
A Debbie Tarsitano “Metaform” collage paperweight exhibits an abstract design with lampwork lace and millefiori. An accomplished design, it is estimated at $4,500-$6,000.
A Paul Ysart floral and latticinio paperweight with pink and coral clematis on a bed of leaves and small flowers may realize $750-$950, while a 1971 Baccarat close-packed millefiori paperweight inspired by the antique Baccarat “church weight” includes 12 different zodiac silhouette canes and a date cane. It is entered in the sale with a $325-$425 estimate.
A stunning Rick Ayotte “Sunflower” faceted-crystal scent bottle with stopper measures 9¾ inches in height and was crafted by master glassblower Dave McDermott. The auction estimate is $1,300-$1,700.
Undeniably, one of the auction’s highlights is a Steven Lundberg magnum vase title “Vincent’s Vision.” The homage to van Gogh’s painting Starry Night stands 11 inches tall and could sell for $7,500-$10,200.
The auction will start at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009. For additional information on any lot in the sale, call 800-538-0766 or 831-427-1177. View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet through www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
About L.H. Selman Ltd.
After 40 years of involvement with paperweights, Larry and Marti Selman decided it was time to “pass the torch,” and sold their respected gallery and associated business, L. H. Selman Ltd., to brothers Ben and Mitch Clark. After signing on the dotted line and assuming ownership, the Clark brothers made the decision that they would move Selman’s base of operations to Chicago’s Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue by the end of this year.
No one could be more capable of assuming the reins of L.H. Selman and The Glass Gallery than Ben and Mitch, who grew up in a paperweight-collecting family. The siblings bring business and art experience to the table, as well as great enthusiasm and energy for beautiful glass paperweights.
In their new venture, the Clarks are joined by Alexis Magaro, who has been part of the European arts community for many years and is fluent in English, French, Italian and German.
Auction Central News and LiveAuctioneers.com wish the Clarks every success as they assume the helm at L.H. Selman Ltd. and The Glass Gallery. Visit them online at www.selman.com.
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