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Mats Jonasson Polar Bear Sculpture in Lead Crystal (signed)- Large 4" x 6" back carved Paperweight - Made in Sweden
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Mats Jonasson Polar Bear Sculpture in Lead Crystal (signed)- Large 4" x 6" back carved Paperweight - Made in Sweden
Mats Jonasson Polar Bear Sculpture in Lead Crystal (signed)- Large 4" x 6" back carved Paperweight - Made in Sweden
Mats Jonasson Polar Bear Sculpture in Lead Crystal (signed)- Large 4" x 6" back carved Paperweight - Made in Sweden
Mats Jonasson Polar Bear Sculpture in Lead Crystal (signed)- Large 4" x 6" back carved Paperweight - Made in Sweden
MATS JONASSON POLAR BEAR SCULPTURE (signed) IN LEAD CRYSTAL - Large Size 4" x 6" Back Carved Paperweight - Made in Maleras, Sweden

This is a truly magnificent piece of sculpture. I have placed it with the paperweights, but it is actually an art piece. Fashioned in Full Lead Crystal, the nearly 2 pound piece is exquisite. I am fairly certain that this piece was actually purchased in Sweden, as its owners did enjoy traveling.

Mats Jonasson is particularly skilled at capturing the essence of wildlife. His love of nature definitely is displayed in his work. This piece has been back carved from an irregular shaped chunk of glass, resembling a jagged block of Artic ice. The series I believe was called Artic Wildlife, and my personal favorite is the majestic Polar Bear. The photos show the unique effect of the bear standing in snow next to a pool of crystal clear water. When viewed, the bears image actually reflects in the clear area. Even the individual hairs of his fur beneath his neck are captured in detail. Different lighting creates a variety of striking effects.

This is the large piece, less often found. It measures 4" high by 6" wide and is nearly 2" thick at the base. The original clear sticker is still on the face of the piece. It bears the decorative "M" followed by "Mats Jonasson Maleras Sweden Full Lead". On the underside of the piece is an etched signature, of the initials "MJ, the word Sweden, and the number 3550. I have seen these offered for sale, new, both in the small 2"x3" size and occasionally the larger one; however they are offered at a substantially higher price, and there is no indication of the etched signature. This piece is in exceptional condition. I do not see any signs of wear or damage at all.

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