paperweights: Drew Ebelhare

Drew Ebelhare (Colorado, USA) is a modern master of millefiori. His work displays incredible detail and a marvelous balance of color. According to The Dictionary of Glass Paperweights, Drew Ebelhare is “the preeminent millefiori paperweight artist in the United States.” His canes are some of the finest ever made.

PW237. Drew Ebelhare 1993 Museum piece. In the paperweight making history of Drew Ebelhare, this comes along fairly early. Drew made his first millefiori canes in 1991 and he made this weight in 1993. The appearance of his work was met with high interest by the paperweight collectors community. Paperweight expert Paul Dunlop had this to say about Drew’s early work: “His early colors were garish and the millefiori simple.” (The Dictionary of Glass Paperweights). I don’t really disagree but still I think this is a killer weight. I might say bright as opposed to garish. The hot colors do indeed remind one of Paul Ysart or Strathearn, and Drew’s millefiori work of later years was vastly more skilled. Still I think this is a very cool weight – I like the way it was built – the old fashioned way with a stave basket. This is a stunning twisted cane cross to boot.  Condition is excellent. Signed with an E signature cane dead center (it’s tiny)  and on the base “Ebelhare 04-93 Houston”.  2 9/16 inch diameter; 1 15/16 inches tall; ten ounces.  $550

PW300. Drew Ebelhare 2007 Museum piece. A five ring concentric closepack with two additional rows as part of the center complex signature cane, styled after Classical Period Saint Louis weights from what Drew calls his “Nostalgia Series.” Exquisite and beautiful. Fabulous balance of colors. Signed  “Ebelhare 10-07”. “E” signature cane. 2 13/16 inch diameter; 1 15/16 inches tall; thirteen ounces. Pristine/New/Perfect condition. $525

PW2842. Drew Ebelhare 1993 Museum quality piece (small). Five row concentric in the style of Clichy with drawn-in staves. Elegant concentric closepack with Drew’s famous millefiori canes – fabulous canes. Signed with an “E” at the center of the center cane and on the base  “Ebelhare 3-93”. I have had the pleasure to watch Drew work and to spend time knowing him and seeing many aspects of his art. His goal when making these earlier staved pieces was to honor and emulate the antique Saint Louis weights which were the pieces he most admired from an artistic and technical aspect. He really nailed it in this piece. Please look carefully at the detail in the cane work, right down to the grade of color making the center of the moss green carpet ground with bright yellow centers. Drew is a master of color balancing. A small weight like this displays well with Kaziuns, Whittemores, Clichys, Parsleys, Ronald Hansens, and some of the other nice smaller pieces made over the years. 1 13/16 inch diameter; 1 1/4 inches tall; four ounces. Pristine/New/Perfect condition. $200