This is a gorgeous floral paperweight by the late Chicago artist Richard Olma. Olma's works have earned him a placed among the upper echelon of American glass artists and are prized collectibles.Olma's mastery is evident in glass crafted into subtly-shaded, delicate flowers that they almost appear to painted in watercolor! Notice the photo on the black background. These are actually formed glass flowers, not painted! If you'll look at the base of the flower in the upper right (as is the case with all three flowers), you'll see the bulb of glass from which each delicate petal was shaped! This weight features three flowers, beautifully shaded from the slightest blush to full pink, and vines and leaves of complementing tranluscent blues and greens. You'll note in your research that, of the very few Olma weights currently available on the market, nearly all feature orange flowers -- while some pinks are available, they are much more scarce. Of course, the weight is signed and dated on the polished base "Richard Olma 1989". This gem is approximately 2.25 inches tall, 3.5 inches in diameter, and weighs in at about 1 lb., 1 oz. The weight is in very nice condition with only some very light wear. Collectors: I know your next step will be to click over and do a quick bit of research. That said, I know you're about to find that this work is being offered at a fair (some might even say "bargain") Buy-It-Now price... that is, until t's an opening bid, of course! Upon the opening bid, <*poof*> the Buy-It-Now is gone and the game is on. Decisions. Decisions! What to do? Buy now, or join the competition? F I N E P R I N T I prefer PayPal, but will accept checks and money orders. I ship to the U.S.A. via either USPS or UPS Ground. Insurance is optional but recommended. Damage claims against the carrier are the buyer's responsibility, however I will provide any support I can to your claim. I often ship the same day your payment clears. However, please keep in mind that eBay'ing is a part-time gig I do in addition to my "real" job... so, occasionally, it might take an extra day. I am a reseller -- I find unusually great bargains and resell the items on eBay (with some luck) for a profit. So, unless I specify otherwise, everything I sell is used. I make an honest effort to present all the item's details, both positive and negative. Specifically, I try to include photographs of any wear or damage. If you find my description of the item is negligently incorrect, I will gladly refund the sale. Beyond that, t should be no reason for return or refund.
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