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Gohobi Pate de Verre Lotus Shaped Coloured Glass Ornament Pen Holder Paperweight

Gohobi Pate de Verre Lotus Shaped Coloured Glass Ornament Pen Holder Paperweight

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Delightful and unique, the Gohobi Pate de Verre Lotus Shaped Coloured Glass Ornament Pen Holder Paperweight is a luxurious addition to any desk. Crafted using a timeless ancient glass technique, this multifunctional piece offers style and practicality. With a pen rest and paperweight that will add charm to the study room, this beautiful ornament is sure to impress.

Making pate de verre is a slow process requiring a large amount of skilled craftswork. Great skill was needed to avoid bubbles, cloudiness, and cracking during annealing (cooling).

Pate de Verre

The name Pate de Verre is French for glass paste, and the technique involves creating a paste from powdered glass and colouring agents and filling a fire-proof mould with this paste then firing it in a furnace to melt the glass.

The technique was known in ancient Rome and Egypt, but in the art nouveau period (very early 1900s) it was developed to a very high artistic level by such French artists as Gabriel Argy-Rousseau, Henry and Jean Cros, Albert Dammouse, Francois Decorchemont, Amalric Walter, Emile Galle and Georges Despret. In the USA Frederick Carder made pate de verre and cast glass pieces for Steuben glass.

12 steps:
1. Design and finely sculpt prototypes
2. Apply multiple layers of silicone mold
3. Wax filling
4. Remove the silicone mold and obtain a complete wax model
5. Fine wax-up
6. Refractory plaster mold made from wax type
7. Steam dewaxing to obtain refractory plaster mold
8. kiln firing
9. Secondary melting
10. Removing refractory plaster mold 11. Detailed trimming, grinding and polishing 12. Final quality control packaging, then engraving and signature

The coloured glass paste was put into the mould using a paint brush or similar tool, first filling the sections which would eventually stand out in relief (like the red dress and apples and dark branches of the picture above left). The background of different colours was then added to a thickness of several millimetres and the centre of the mould filled in some way to prevent the paste from slumping. Argy-Rousseau filled the centre with powdered asbestos. The filled mould was then fired to melt the glass paste and fuse it into a single piece, and allowed to cool very slowly to anneal the glass. Finally the mould would be removed, either by pulling apart the separate pieces or by lifting out the glass object (only possible with certain shapes) or by destroying the mould. Further work on the glass, such as polishing or engraving or decorating was then undertaken.

The price listed is for one item.

No two vessels are alike, embodying the pinnacle of quality and craftsmanship. Individually created by the artisan's hand, subtle variations between pieces are to be expected.

We aim to ship your order in reused/ recycled packaging where possible. 




Measuring approximately 7.5 x 3 x 3.7 centimetres, this item offers a subtle, compact presence.

Care information

  • Glaze can be properly cleaned with warm water or dish soap. After cleaning, please use a dry cloth to dry it immediately.
  • Please avoid placing it in an environment that is exposed to rapid cold or heat.
  • Please avoid getting any chemical solvents on the glued joints. (such as toluene, acetone...and other organic solvents)
  • Avoid collision or friction. When moving the work, do not make direct contact with the table. Please place it on a soft cloth.
  • The glass material is fragile, so please handle it with care.

Glassware (wine glasses/tea cups, etc.) is hand-made through twelve processes using the lost-wax casting method. Please note when using it:

  • Please clean it with white vinegar or lemon juice for the first time. For regular use, clean it with mild detergent or warm water, and dry it with cotton cloth to avoid water stains.
  • Please use it at room temperature. The work is sensitive to temperature and is not suitable for use with hot tea. Do not use or clean it in extremely cold or hot environments, as it may cause internal cracks and damage to the work.
    Please handle glass works with care to avoid collision and scratches between the work and the table.
  • Although there are appropriate ways to use and collect the works, you can still use your imagination to let us know more creative uses or displays. However, the work still has certain usage restrictions, for example: it is extremely sensitive to temperature, please do not hit it with hard objects, etc. Therefore, if you have more creative ideas, it is recommended that you contact customer service hotline in advance.
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