Lampworked Pansy on Filigree Ground
with millefiori canes
Saint Louis, circa 1845-55
Paperweightmaking: Techniques Used in Weights
in the Barker Collection
Although the first paperweights did not appear
until the mid-1840s, nearly all of the techniques required for their construction
were in existence much earlier. It remained only for the glass artisan to draw
upon his reservoir of skills to create a paperweight. Some of these techniques
go back thousands of years. The Morton D. Barker Collection contains paperweights
that incorporate the major techniques of sulphide,
millefiori, and lampwork.
Other subsidiary techniques were combined with
the three major ones to create backgrounds and special effects.