Faceted Ruby Millville Rose on Pedestal by Anthony “Tony” DePalma.
This Ruby Millville Rose has four green leaves at the base. This paperweight is unique in that it is sandblasted leaving a frosted texture. A front facet window allows the viewer to peer into the blossom from the front.
It is signed on the bottom by the artist and dated 1984. It was handcrafted here in our WheatonArts Glass Studio by Anthony “Tony” DePalma, former Glass Studio Artist. It was created by the traditional method of using a metal crimp tool. It measures approximately 3.5″ diameter x 5″ high.
About the Artist
In 1975, while on tour of a glass factory in
Venice, Italy, DePalma was given an opportunity to gather molten glass and start fashioning a vase. This was enough to whet his appetite for what was to become his avocation but his vocation in life.
Shortly after his return from Italy, DePalma was touring Wheaton Village (now WheatonArts) with his house guests and in the glass factory he found his long time friend and co-worker Bill Valla, planning
retirement from demonstrating the making of paperweights. Bill handed to rod to Tony and the result was a perfect paperweight. Convinced that he had not lost his touch, he volunteered his time and talent demonstrating at the Village a few days a week. Putting his creative talents to the test became his favorite pastime. On resuming his early interest in working with glass, he sold his retail business and became one of the regular Wheaton Village paperweight makers.
In November of 1984, King Karl Gustav of Sweden was presented with a “DePalma Millville Rose” during the “Stockholm Idea ‘84”, a national Swedish business conference. Tony, who had spent seven years
perfecting his Millville Rose, specifically crafted the paperweight for the King because “it vividly displays an intricate mixture of color and shape.” In 1989, Governor Thomas Kean was also presented with the “DePalma Millville Rose” prior to his leaving office.
Tony once stated:
“Anyone who has ever observed my work has a better understanding and appreciation for the endless hours of time and work that go into the creation of a paperweight. For me, having come full circle has meant coming home to old times and happy days.”
Tony DePalma passed away on October 20, 2007, after an extended