John Gentile PAPERWEIGHTS / HOLY GRAIL AMERICANA SET / Museum Quality. For Sale
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John Gentile PAPERWEIGHTS / HOLY GRAIL AMERICANA SET / Museum Quality.:
***HOLY GRAIL AMERICANA IN GENTILE PAPERWEIGHTS!***
***John is KNOWN to have made some items in ONE-OF-A-KIND and this may well be such an exceptionally Rare AMERICANA SET. I specialize in Holy Grail items and believe me, I've found VERY FEW. However, after an exhaustive search...I can find these three pieces as a set ONLY HERE.
***The LARGER middle Eagle is SIGNED "JG" but the other two smaller ones are unsigned. This indicates an OLDER Gentile creation (1970's or earlier), as experiencedcollectors will know. The middle weight is 3+19/32" (91 mm) round and just over 2.5" tall. The two smaller weights are 3.25" (82 mm) round and both just under 2.5" tall. This set is in Excellent condition with the only SMALL issue being a SMALL "blemish" on the underside of the "In God We Trust" weight. It appears in Photo 3. After close examination it appears to me as an "as made" blemish.....rather than later damage....but I could be wrong. In any case it's a negligibleissue to a set like this, especially if it is a ONE OF A KIND SET. The total weight of all 3 items is between 4 and 5 pounds but shipping and insurance are free.
***Provenance for John Gentile (1923 - 2006) includes service in WWII and honored in Glass Museums such as the Morgantown, W. Virginia museum and others. He has been called a "GIANT" in American paperweight art forms....an accolade that, IMO, he deserves. The 3-piece set offered here comes as the result of my efforts in recognizing John's skill and high artistic level as well as my considerable effort to acquire all three pieces of this fantastic group. It all started with an acquisition of the THIRD Smaller piece in an antique shop in what shall remain an unnamed town. I acquired the other two items on .
***This is a BIG item....from a BIG paperweight artist.....so it has a BIG price! If not sold at a substantial price....this item will be DESTROYED. In case you think the price is a JOKE...forget it. In 1990 Sotheby sales sold a rare French paperweight for $258,000. That was in 1990.Since when is French "art" bigger and/or better than American?
NOTE:If you are interested in a negotiated price.... mail me and we may possibly agreeon a different pricing range this might be listed at. SHIPPED AND INSURED VIA USPO TRACKING SHIPPIING