The Surprising History (and Future) of Paperweights is an intriguing post from the Paris Review that describes a visit to the inaugural show at Fisher Parrish Gallery. The show featured “a collection of 117 new examples of paperweights.” And as you’d expect “almost none of them resembled the office accoutrement of last century… These were objet d’art…”
Author Chantel Tattoli also provides a brief history of the paperweight and the glasswork techniques used in producing them but her focus stays on paperweights as an objet d’art. Among other things, Ms. Tattoli recounts how a young Truman Capote is mesmerized by Colette’s collection and how Christie’s mounts “an online auction of dozens of paperweights that had belonged to Arnold Neustadter, the inventor of that other once-ubiquitous desktop accessory, the Rolodex…”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.