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.

PW3157. Jim D’Onofrio 2005 Magnum museum piece. Guarding the corn.  3 5/16 inch diameter; 2 9/16 inches tall; one pound and eight ounces. Signed “Jim D’Onofrio 05 1493” Condition is PERFECT, like new.  $950

PW3202. Jim D’Onofrio 2000 Magnum museum piece. Mischief at the firehouse. An amazing piece from the mind of an amazing artist.  3 3/8 inch diameter; 2 3/4 inches tall; one pound, nine ounces. Signed “Jim D’Onofrio 00 1145” Condition is PERFECT, like new.  $950

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. SOLD

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

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

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

PW3121. Jim D’Onofrio. Magnum Museum specimen. Lady gargoyle who looks as if she’s ready to fly. Signed “Jim D’Onofrio 04 1434”. 3 5/16 inch diameter; 2 11/16 inches tall; one pound, ten ounces. Condition is excellent. $850 

PW3182. Jim D’Onofrio. Magnum Museum specimen. When Jim moved from New Jersey to Arizona, he had a whole new world to incorporate into his work – the Arizona desert. This piece depicts Native American pottery and pottery shards on a sandy ground. One pot holds a blooming succulent. Note the detail – amazing.  Signed “Jim D’Onofrio 93 0253”. 3 1/2 inch diameter; 2 3/4 inches tall; one pound and ten ounces. Condition is excellent. $850