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Lilies of the Valley
Mark Peiser

blown glass lampworked zinc crystal

Currently on view at Mint Museum--RANDOLPH

Gift of Sonia and Isaac Luski

Lilies of the valley, which grow throughout Europe and North America, have long been prized for their sprays of small, sweetly scented, usually white flowers. Mark Peiser’s graceful rendering of them is the product of keen observation of nature and great technical skill. This vase comes from a series he called Paperweight Vases, made between 1976 and 1981, and inspired by the natural environment around his home and studio in Penland, North Carolina. To make them, Peiser used a torch to form glass canes into individual blossoms, stems, and leaves. He then painstakingly placed each part onto successive layers of hot glass. The act of inflating the glass enhanced the realism of the imagery, creating layers of depth as if one were surrounded by flowers. Peiser is renowned as a founding member of the studio glass movement; the Paperweight Vase series is one of several influential series he has produced. (Allure of Flowers)

Accession Number: 1986.28.9


height: 6.75 inches
width: 6.5 inches

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