My friend has a store that sells glass artwork. My personal favourite glass artwork is paperweights and I have a lot of fun attending art auctions and buying glasswork with her. We pay a lot of attention to what our friends and her clients like and dislike.
I often give people art glass paperweights that I find at art auctions for milestone birthdays and anniversaries. My mother turned seventy last August and I found a magnificent paperweight for her.
The art paperweight that I bought for my mother was made by Baccarat and I was extremely lucky that this was one of the last things auctioned. A lot of people had already left the auction when this item went under the hammer. My mother really liked the rose design because the rose is her favourite flower.
I have a Dutch friend from Den Bosch who loves effigies of frogs. She has managed to decorate her home very tastefully with her favourite frogs. I have been on the lookout for an art paperweight for her for years. I finally found one at an art auction last year. The paperweight featured a frog sitting on a lily pad surrounded by blue water. It was really pretty and my friend began using it on her desk immediately.
I also have an aunt who collects art glass paperweights. She has asked me very often to find glass paperweights for her when I am attending art auctions. Of all of the pieces I have bought for her over the years, one sticks out in my memory more than any other.
The prettiest art glass paperweight I have ever bought at an art auction has to be one that featured a blue and gold Macaw. Rick Ayotte was the artist that made it and it was even featured in a book of his work. He has created many beautiful art glass paperweights.
There is no difficulty at all selling art paperweights made by Rick Ayotte. His work seems to draw a great deal of interest. My friend tries to win any auction she finds for art glass paperweights made by him. She won one not so long ago that looked like pink roses. They looked so fragile and cute. I know that this art glass paperweight will sell without delay.
There have been some inquiries at the shop for art glass paperweights by Richard Marquis, although we have not found any in any of the art auctions we have attended recently.
I will keep looking out for art glass paperweights at the auctions I attend, but I will not be going way out of my way to track them down. I now buy every art glass paperweight I can find that was made by Rick Satava. My favorite has to be the coral orange jellyfish that I found at an art auction an hour from my home. It was really pretty.
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