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Wedgwood- by Ronald Stennett-Willson - Glass Paperweight Amber/Topaz color -3-1/2" Toadstool or Mushroom - Made in England
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Wedgwood- by Ronald Stennett-Willson - Glass Paperweight Amber/Topaz color -3-1/2" Toadstool or Mushroom - Made in England
Wedgwood- by Ronald Stennett-Willson - Glass Paperweight Amber/Topaz color -3-1/2" Toadstool or Mushroom - Made in England
Wedgwood- by Ronald Stennett-Willson - Glass Paperweight Amber/Topaz color -3-1/2" Toadstool or Mushroom - Made in England
WEDGWOOD, ENGLAND -designed by Ronald Stennett-Willson --AMBER / TOPAZ COLORED GLASS PAPERWEIGHT - 3-5/8" Toadstool or Mushroom

This is another of the delightful paperweights I have recently acquired. Like most collections, my fascination with paperweights began with a single acquisition. Then it becomes nearly impossible to pass one by without giving it a really thorough look. Some, like this one, seem to stand out from the crowd.

This piece has been hand made from over a full pound of the most beautiful amber colored glass I have seen. The wonderful clarity of the glass and the captivating design make it a very distinctive display item. The paperweight measures 3-5/8" tall and 3-1/2" in diameter. The "cap" of the mushroom (or toadstool, depending on your terminology) is quite thick, and captures the sunlight in a striking manner.

In trying to research this item, I stumbled across information that "may" indicate that this could be a design of an artist named, Ronald Stennett-Willson, a man with a passion for modern glass design. I am trying to confirm this, as I find it most interesting to attribute an item to a real person. It gives the piece a "personality". Mr Stennett-Willson was affiliated for a time with Wedgwood in England, and the bottom of the paperweight bears the Wedgwood England etched hallmark. I will post more information in this description if I am able to determine whether this piece was in fact a RSW design. This piece is in wonderful condition. I do not see any signs of wear or damage at all.

Update: Yes, this piece was a Ronald Stennett-Willson design. It is design number RWS219, and would have been made during the early 70's. Mr.Stennett-Willson's King's Lynn Glassworks was so successful in creating modern glass designs that it was bought out by Wedgwood in 1969. He remained as Managing Director and Chief Designer until he retired in the late 1970's. I very much appreciate the help of an avid RWS collector, who helped me in my quest to confirm the identity of this piece.

More Update:I have further learned that in a recent interview with Dr Graham Cooley, a well-known collector and researcher of twentieth century glass in the UK, he was asked who he would choose as the Great British Glass designers of the 20th Century. He listed Ronald Stennett-Willson in his top three.

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