paperweights: Debbie and Delmo Tarsitano

PW1575. Adelmo (Delmo) Tarsitano (1921-1990) MAGNUM Museum Piece. The peach was one of Delmo’s standouts. This lovely pair looks better than good enough to eat. The shading is perfect. Well balanced, killer piece. It is all clear glass but for a blue flash on the base.  “DT” cane in the style he used from around 1980 to the end of his work. 3 1/4 inch diameter; 2 1/8 inches tall; one pound and four ounces. Condition is excellent.   $650

PW1531. Adelmo (Delmo) Tarsitano (1921-1990) Museum Piece. Delmo made some of the most delicious strawberry weights ever made, and this is a nice one with one ripe and one unripe strawberry, although they both look delicious. Faceted with a star cut base. “DT” cane in the style he used from around 1980 to the end of his work. 2 11/16 inch diameter; 1 3/4 inches tall; eleven ounces. Condition is excellent.   $750   

PW1578. Adelmo (Delmo) Tarsitano (1921-1990) Museum Piece. Delmo made some of the most elegant strawberry weights ever made. This is an exceptional piece with three fully ripe mouthwatering strawberries, all ripe – very rare and very large. “DT” cane in the style he used from around 1980 to the end of his work. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 3/8 inches tall; one pound and three ounces. Condition is excellent.   $1250

PW2561. Adelmo (Delmo) Tarsitano (1921-1990) Museum Piece. Delmo made some of the most delicious strawberry weights ever made, and this is a nice one with one ripe and one unripe strawberry, although they both look amazing. Delmo mastered the various stages of strawberry ripeness and of the modern versions are most like the old Baccarats in style. He did an excellent job of keeping the lampwork three dimensional. “DT” cane in the style he used from around 1980 to the end of his work. 2 3/4 inch diameter; 1 15/16 inches tall; twelve ounces. Condition is excellent.   $750

PW1325. Adelmo (Delmo) Tarsitano (1921-1990) Museum Piece. Rare double salamander on a natural ground. These salamanders are exceptional. “DT” cane in the style he used from around 1980 to 1990. 2 7/8 inch diameter; 2  inches tall; fifteen ounces. Condition is excellent with some scratches on the base only.   $1000

PW1306. Adelmo (Delmo) Tarsitano (1921-1990) Magnum Museum Piece. From his “Earth Life” series. A coiled tan and brown snake stares down a fly that will soon be his dinner – marvelous accuracy and realistic drama. Delmo employed his unique red-glowing spider web technique for the ground beneath the amazingly realistic fly – the effect is as if the ground is glowing red. The rest of the ground is naturalistic mossy-sandy. Paperweight expert Paul Dunlop wrote: “With his Earth Life series, as fine as any weights made in the twentieth century, Tarsitano established himself as a major artist.”  “DT” cane (used from 1980 until his death in 1990) in the ground. Provenance is the fabulous Labow/Seacat Collection (Lot 192) which sold at auction on May 21, 2010, and before that Leo Kaplan 1987. 3 1/2 inches diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall; one pound and eight ounces. Condition is perfect/like new.   $1950

PW1301. Adelmo (Delmo) Tarsitano (1921-1990) Museum Piece. Coiled red striped snake with a yellow belly over a sandy ground. “DT” cane in the ground. 2 7/8 inches diameter; 2 3/16 inches tall; 15 ounces. Provenance is the fabulous Labow/Seacat Collection (Lot 179) which sold at auction on May 21, 2010. Condition is perfect/like new. $750

PW1302. Adelmo (Delmo) Tarsitano (1921-1990) Museum Piece. Coiled green striped snake with white eyes over a sandy and rocky ground. Stylized “DT” cane in the ground. 2 3/4 inches diameter; 2 1/4 inches tall; 14 ounces. Provenance is the fabulous Labow/Seacat Collection (Lot 180) which sold at auction on May 21, 2010. Condition is perfect/like new.  $750

PW2134. Adelmo (Delmo) Tarsitano (1921-1990) Museum Piece. Delmo made some of the most delicious fruit weights ever made, and this is a nice one with two beautiful apricots- they both look delicious – on a leafy branch. Delmo’s work is appreciated by knowledgeable collectors as innovative and visionary as well as stunningly beautiful. “DT” cane in the style he used beginning in 1980. 2 3/4 inch diameter; 1 3/4 inches tall; eleven ounces. Condition is excellent.   $475