paperweights: Jim D’Onofrio

Jim D’Onofrio (USA). Jim is a true artist. He has a degree in fine arts and worked as an assistant to Paul Stankard for about five years in the 1980s. His weights include an artistic balance of color and texture with an incredible attention to detail. Look at his frogs – he has captured the life essence of a frog, all in glass. You can see how his subjects changed after he moved from New Jersey to Arizona. In my opinion, he is one of the greatest – possibly The Greatest – glass artists of all time. He signed his pieces with the year and the number of the weight – beginning with his first in the 1980s.

PW3015. Jim D’Onofrio 1992 Magnum museum piece. Desert scene with succulents and berries – one of the succulents is growing in a beautiful piece of pottery.  3 7/16 inch diameter; 2 5/8 inches tall; one pound and ten ounces. Signed “Jim D’Onofrio “92 0203” Condition is PERFECT, like new.  $750

PW3097. Jim D’Onofrio. Magnum Museum specimen. This is small for a D’Onofrio piece, although it’s about the size of an average weight. The ground color is alluring and the frog is lifelike, as is the opened fruit with its white pithy layer. Signed “Jim D’Onofrio 04 1628”. 2 13/16 inch diameter; 2 3/16 inches tall; fifteen ounces. Condition is excellent. $500

PW3164. Jim D’Onofrio. Magnum Museum specimen. WhenJim moved from New Jersey to Arizona, he had a whole new world to incorporate into his work – the Arizona desert. This piece depicts an old lantern and flowering vines on an old fence.  Signed “Jim D’Onofrio 93 0433”. 3 3/8 inch diameter; 2 3/4 inches tall (high dome); one pound, ten ounces. Condition is excellent. $700

PW3165. Jim D’Onofrio. Magnum Museum specimen. We think first of Rick Ayotte when we think of birds in glass paperweights, but Jim also made amazing birds. All of his creatures are made with unparalleled skill. This 3-dimensional Canada goose is enjoying a gliding soar above a beautiful river. The detail of this work is exceptional. Note the impeccable use of scale, as only a skilled artist could achieve. 3 5/16 inch diameter; 2 1/2 inches tall; one pound, six ounces. Condition is excellent. Signed “Jim D’Onofrio 05 1538” $1000

PW3235. Jim D’Onofrio. Magnum Museum specimen. Check out the sophistication of this piece. We think first of Rick Ayotte when we think of birds in glass paperweights, but Jim also made amazing birds. All of his creatures are made with unparalleled skill. This 3-dimensional blue jay is about to enjoy a fine caterpillar meal, poised with kinetic energy ready to release. The detail of this work is exceptional. Note the beautiful background. 3 5/16 inch diameter; 2 1/4 inches tall; one pound, five ounces. Condition is perfect/pristine. Signed “Jim D’Onofrio 07 1638” $1000

PW3250. Jim D’Onofrio. Magnum Museum specimen. A very happy bunny surrounded by his favorite vegetables. Signed “Jim D’Onofrio 02 1330”. 3 3/8 inch diameter; 2 9/16 inches tall; one pound, eight ounces. Condition is excellent. $800

PW1284. Jim D’Onofrio Museum Piece. These lizards absolutely look real – AMAZING! No other glass artist has ever made amphibians more lifelike. 3 3/16 inch diameter; 2 1/16 inches tall; one pound, two ounces. Condition is Perfect. Signed “Jim D’Onofrio ‘91 0052.”      $1000

PW1431. Jim D’Onofrio Magnum 1992 museum piece. Everything about this weight is realistic and amazing. The rattlesnake is lifelike and animated and the ground and cacti look real. No one has ever made more realistic reptiles than Jim. 3 3/8 inch diameter; 2 5/8 inches tall; one pound, eight ounces. Signed “Jim D’Onofrio 92 0162” Condition is PERFECT, like new.  $1000

PW1448. Jim D’Onofrio Magnum Museum Piece. This is a great example of Jim’s work. It showcases his artistic talent and sensibilities. No other glass artist has ever made amphibians more lifelike. This one has two fabulous frogs and two yellow fruit on a natural ground. 3 5/16 inch diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall; one pound, six ounces. Condition is Perfect. Signed “Jim D’Onofrio 2010 1638.”       $900

PW3196. Jim D’Onofrio. Magnum Museum specimen. WhenJim moved from New Jersey to Arizona, he had a whole new world to incorporate into his work – the Arizona desert. This piece depicts an accumulation of Native American artifacts, bones, and herbs on a sandy ground. Note the detail, especially in the string of beads – amazing.   Signed “Jim D’Onofrio 96 0688”. 3 1/2 inch diameter; 2 5/8 inches tall; one pound, ten ounces. Condition is excellent. $750