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Marvelous Caithness ~ Moonflower ~ Purple Blue Glass Paperweight
Purple Blue Moonflower
Moonflower, designed by Colin Terris, in 1970, was Caithness’ first unlimited paperweight, and has been produced in many colour variations through the years.
This vibrant variation feaures a deep purple base, covered with a layer of electric blue. Circling the ground's perimeter are some lovingly positioned perfect clear bubbles.
Rising from the ground is a central freeform tower of the purple glass, and four awesome huge elongated bubbles reaching for the sky.
All in all, simply the most classic of all Caithness weights, in an exciting colour variation, a perfect addition to any Caithness or Paperweight collection.
Etched on the bottom - Caithness Moonflower Scotland K42441
This item is in great condition. Like every paperweight, vase, or piece of art glass, light scratches on the bottom, from normal shelf wear, are to be expected, and will not be noted here.
I have included a photo with a Fresca can, to help show the scale. The Fresca is NOT included, though, if you add an extra 10 bucks to your payment, I'll throw in the can.
Roughly 3" around.
The story behind the success...
Robin Sinclair founded Caithness Glass in Wick, North East Scotland in 1961, the company first started designing and creating many forms of Art Glass and in 1962 started creating paperweights with the arrival of Paul Ysart, who primarily made millefiori paperweights. Colin Terris then joined in 1968 to establish an engraving studio, trained by Paul, Colin soon began to experiment with many ideas, techniques and designs that were far beyond the conventional style of paperweight design known to that day.
In 1969 Colin designed the first modern-style Caithness Glass paperweights, the Planets set, which was an instant success. At the time the first weights were released, the paperweight team consisted of two people working in a corner of the Wick Factory. In 1969, Caithness established a second factory in Oban and in 1979 opened the Perth Factory.
In 1992, new glassworks and visitor centres were opened in both Wick and Oban. By 1973, forty four people were involved in the paperweight production process. Caithness centralised paperweight production in Perth in September 1995. Over time, Caithness expanded it's wealth of designers to include Alastair MacIntosh and Helen MacDonald.
This has translated into a diverse range of paperweight designs, from double magnum to miniature weights and from the modern to traditional ones total more than 2,500 as Caithness continue to produce new designs. The Caithness paperweight output has developed a following among collectors the world over and has brought the company from it's small beginnings to its current status as the world's leading producer of fine-quality glass paperweights.
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