Fabulous Orient & Flume Smallhouse Large Frog Series Signed Paperweight
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Fabulous Orient & Flume Smallhouse Large Frog Series Signed Paperweight :
Orient & Flume
Large paperweight is a classicSmallhouse frog.The base of the paperweight is brown and green, gradually shading into green, and then shading into a light green/white. The awesome frog is a mixture of aqua blue/green,browns, tans,with a great red splash. I've looked, and cannot find any of these large high based frogs on the market, it seems like all that he makes now are the small lily pad version, plus "vessels" with the frogs.
This piece is signed on the bottom side, Orient & FlumeSmallhouse WO8741153
Smaller Smallhouse Frogs go for $260 - $425.00. I've started this one at $189.95.
This piece is roughly3" across, 4" wide,and just shy of 4" tall.
I have included a photo of this piece with a Fresca can to show the scale. The Fresca is NOT included, though, if you add ten bucks to your total, I'll throw in the can.Dave Smallhouse has been making quality art glass for the last 21 years with Orient & Flume Art Glass inc. He continues this excellence with a new palette of colors and array of new designs and shapes in his own studio.
After graduating from high school in his hometown of Bakersfield, California, Dave Smallhouse served in Vietnam. Upon his return he studied in San Diego before coming to Chico State to earn his Bachelors of Arts degree in Ancient & Classical History. In 1980 he joined Orient & Flume and immediately acquired a passion for glassblowing that has driven him to mastery.
Among his many accomplishments in the field he was personally requested to create the inaugural mace for the 1994 incoming president of Chico State University, Manuel Esteban, himself a former glassblower.
Among Dave's most popular designs include the "Lapis" in jars, urns and vases. This design and several of his others during this period mimic the stone of their names. The "Pilsner" vase in several different designs and the "Two-tone Floral" which became one of Orient & Flume's signature Series. The "Cypriot" series of compotes and vases was influenced by his Classical history background. Other popular designs were the "Santa Fe" series and the "Bag Vase" as well as the whimsical "Brain" paperweight and his series of frog paperweights.
In 1982 Dave married and has four children. Today he works closely with his wife and children in their own studio and his enthusiasm for glassblowing has only grown.About Orient & Flume Art Glass
Orient & Flume produces fine art glass for the collector. These signed pieces capture nature's inspiration in both iridescent and crystal clear glass. Nationally acclaimed for its excellence in design since 1972, the glass of Orient & Flume utilizes both traditional and contemporary motifs and can be found in the permanent collections of the most prestigious museums in the world.Company History
In the early 1800's, Chico was an important center for gold mining, railroad construction and ranching. By the late 1800's, Chico had grown into a charming Victorian community. The quaint atmosphere soon created one of the most distinctive valley towns in California.
About 1893, one characteristic home with a carriage house was built in the historic Oriental section of town. Located between Orient Street and Flume Street, this site was destined to play an important role in the story Orient & Flume. In l972, the house was purchased by Douglas Boyd and was transformed into an art glass studio.
Early work of the studio was directed toward recreating the silver-luster of iridescent glass of such turn-of-the-century artists as Tiffany, Steuben, and Loetz. In time, this led to their current creations of intricate, three-dimensional design's encased in clear glass.
By 1973 the carriage house proved to be too small for a rapidly growing business and was relocated to 2161 Park Avenue. The work of Orient & Flume can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Smithsonian Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, the Chrysler Museum, the Corning Glass Museum and fine stores and galleries throughout the world.
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