Ysart and Vasart Paperweights

It’s of little surprise that the prodigiously creative Ysart family were to get involved in the production of glass paperweights, with Paul Ysart being the leading exponent of the art. Those made by his father and brothers were sold under the Vasart name.

 

Paul’s first foray in to paperweight manufacture was whilst he was an apprentice at the Moncreiff glassworks in Perth; engaged initially in full-time studies, and then working on the range of Monart glass developed with his father, paperweight production was very much a sideline though his talents were immediately obvious.

 

His reputation began to spread, and Moncrieff's were prompted to include Paul’s paperweights in their product lines, along with his millefiori inkwells. However, ambitions were thwarted by the outbreak of war in 1939, and the factory was required to produce more prosaic materials for the duration.

 

At the war’s end in 1945 Paul’s family determined to leave Moncrieff's and set up their own company, but he decided to remain with his original employers and pursue paperweight production under their remit.

 

A number of Paul Ysart’s paperweights had found their way across the Atlantic, where they were very well received by collectors, who initially thought that they were ‘original’ 19th century French pieces, such was the quality of the workmanship. A dealer from the States contacted Paul, having seen the potential of his work, and drew up a contract whereby he would be the sole distributer in North America for all export paperweights.

 

Just as it seemed that he was on the verge of huge success, Paul was lured away from Moncrieff by an offer from Caithness Glass in Wick, to the far north east of Scotland, in order to become their staff training guru. Whilst there continued to make paperweights in smaller quantities, as instructional pieces and by way of demonstration or for his own amusement. Such was his reputation that even these pieces were immediately much sought after, even though they retailed solely from a remote souvenir shop, if not snapped up first by his American distributor.

 

After serving Caithness for five years, Paul Ysart decided that it was once again time to move on, and he set up shop at a farmstead known as Harland, close to Wick. Underwritten by a local businessman, the business was never particularly profitable to the point it ceased trading in 1975. Paul made one last effort to keep going, under the guise of Highland Paperweights, but age was now catching up with him and he retired after a short time. 

 

The remainder of the Ysart family continued to make paperweights all the time that Paul was doing his own thing, under the trade name of Vasart for the duration of the decade immediately after WWII, and then as Vasart Glass Ltd for a further ten years. This was however no more than a sideline to their core art-glass business and, as such, the quality of their paperweights never reached the same heights as their brother’s work. 

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A Vasart Nine Spoke Radial Concentric Paperweight c1950

A Vasart Nine Spoke Radial Concentric Paperweight c1950

A Vasart Nine Spoke Radial Concentric Paperweight c1950

£45.00

A Vasart Eight Spoke Radial Twist Concentric Millefiori Paperweight c1950

A Vasart Eight Spoke Radial Twist Concentric Millefiori Paperweight c1950

A Vasart Eight Spoke Radial Twist Concentric Millefiori Paperweight c1950

£40.00

A Large Vasart Six Spoke Millefiori Paperweight c1950

A Large Vasart Six Spoke Millefiori Paperweight c1950

A Large Vasart Six Spoke Millefiori Paperweight c1950

£75.00

A Large Vasart Complex Millefiori Seven Spoke Paperweight c1950

A Large Vasart Complex Millefiori Seven Spoke Paperweight c1950

A Large Vasart Complex Millefiori Seven Spoke Paperweight c1950

£40.00

A Vasart Nine Spoke Radial Concentric Yellow Paperweight c1950

A Vasart Nine Spoke Radial Concentric Yellow Paperweight c1950

A Vasart Nine Spoke Radial Concentric Yellow Paperweight c1950

£45.00

A Rare Ysart Brothers Vasart Clear Ground Eleven Spoke Radial Single Row Concentric Paperweight c1950

A Rare Ysart Brothers Vasart Clear Ground Eleven Spoke Radial Single Row Concentric Paperweight c1950

A rare Ysart Brothers Vasart clear ground eleven spoke radial single row concentric paperweight from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£175.00

A Vasart Millefiori & Twists Paperweight c1950

A Vasart Millefiori & Twists Paperweight c1950

A Vasart Millefiori & Twists Paperweight c1950

£75.00

A Large Vasart Ten Spoke Radial Paperweight c1960

A Large Vasart Ten Spoke Radial Paperweight c1960

A Large Vasart Ten Spoke Radial Paperweight c1960

£45.00

A Vasart Nine Spoke Radial Concentric Paperweight c1950

A Vasart Nine Spoke Radial Concentric Paperweight c1950

A Vasart Nine Spoke Radial Concentric Paperweight c1950

£45.00

A Large Vasart Fourteen Radial Spoke Two Row Concentric Paperweight c1950s

A Large Vasart Fourteen Radial Spoke Two Row Concentric Paperweight c1950s

A large Vasart fourteen radial spoke concentric paperweight from c1950's. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£40.00

A Paul Ysart Rondel Millefiori Paperweight c1930's

A Paul Ysart Rondel Millefiori Paperweight c1930's

A Paul Ysart pre-war rondel millefiori paperweight from the 1930's. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£475.00

A Paul Ysart Concentric Millefiori Paperweight c1950

A Paul Ysart Concentric Millefiori Paperweight c1950

A Paul Ysart concentric millefiori paperweight from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£270.00

A Ysart Brothers Vasart Millefiori Paperweight c1950

A Ysart Brothers Vasart Millefiori Paperweight c1950

A Ysart Brothers Vasart paperweight from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£225.00

A Paul Ysart Harland Fountain Paperweight c1970

A Paul Ysart Harland Fountain Paperweight c1970

A Paul Ysart Harland paperweight from c1970. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£95.00

A Fake Paul Ysart Concentric Paperweight c1980

A Fake Paul Ysart Concentric Paperweight c1980

A fake Paul Ysart concentric paperweight from the 1980's. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£100.00

A Paul Ysart Concentric Millefiori Paperweight c1950

A Paul Ysart Concentric Millefiori Paperweight c1950

A Paul Ysart concentric millefiori paperweight from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£225.00

A Magnum Vasart Nine Spoke Radial Concentric Paperweight c1950

A Magnum Vasart Nine Spoke Radial Concentric Paperweight c1950

A magnum Vasart nine spoke radial paperweight from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£90.00

An Ysart Brothers Concentric Millefiori Paperweight c1955

An Ysart Brothers Concentric Millefiori Paperweight c1955

An Ysart Brothers Concentric Millefiori Paperweight c1955 Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£160.00

A Set Of Six Vasart-Strathearn MIniature Paperweights c1970

A Set Of Six Vasart-Strathearn MIniature Paperweights c1970

A Set Of Six Vasart-Strathearn MIniature Paperweights c1970

£100.00

Vasart /Strathearn Eight Spoke Complex Central Cane Paperweight c1950-70s

Vasart /Strathearn Eight Spoke Complex Central Cane Paperweight c1950-70s

A Vasart or Strathearn eight spoke one row concentric paperweight with complex central cane from Scotland c1950-70's. Available from Scottish Antiques online store

£35.00

Ysart Brothers Vasart Complex Millefiori Paperweight c1950

Ysart Brothers Vasart Complex Millefiori Paperweight c1950

A Ysart Brothers Vasart Millefiori Paperweight c1950

£60.00

A Vasart Ten Spoke Radial Concentric Paperweight c1950

A Vasart Ten Spoke Radial Concentric Paperweight c1950

A Vasart Ten Spoke Radial Concentric Paperweight c1950

£45.00

A Paul Ysart Concentric Complex Millefiori Magnum Paperweight c1950

A Paul Ysart Concentric Complex Millefiori Magnum Paperweight c1950

A Paul Ysart Concentric Complex Millefiori Magnum Paperweight c1950

£495.00

A Fake Paul Ysart Concentric Millefiori Paperweight c1990

A Fake Paul Ysart Concentric Millefiori Paperweight c1990

A fake Paul Ysart concentric millefiori paperweight from c1990. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£95.00

A Vasart Six Spoke Radial Concentric Paperweight c1950

A Vasart Six Spoke Radial Concentric Paperweight c1950

A Vasart Six Spoke Radial Concentric Paperweight from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£60.00

A Paul Ysart Twelve Aventurine Spoke Concentric Millefiori Paperweight c1950

A Paul Ysart Twelve Aventurine Spoke Concentric Millefiori Paperweight c1950

A Paul Ysart twelve aventurine spoke concentric millefiori paperweight from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£270.00

A Vasart Eight Spoke Radial Twist Concentric Millefiori Pin Dish Paperweight c1950

A Vasart Eight Spoke Radial Twist Concentric Millefiori Pin Dish Paperweight c1950

A Vasart eight spoke radial twist concentric millefiori pin dish paperweight from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£95.00

A Paul Ysart Patterned Millefiori Paperweight From Post War Moncrieff Period c1947-60

A Paul Ysart Patterned Millefiori Paperweight From Post War Moncrieff Period c1947-60

A Paul Ysart patterned millefiori paperweight from the post war Moncrieff period. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£290.00

Rare Vasart Bartender Paperweight Corkscrew and Bottle Stopper c1960

Rare Vasart Bartender Paperweight Corkscrew and Bottle Stopper c1960

Rare Vasart Bartender Paperweight Corkscrew and Bottle Stopper c1960. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£140.00

A Paul Ysart Close Pack Radial Paperweight c1950

A Paul Ysart Close Pack Radial Paperweight c1950

A Paul Ysart close pack radial paperweight from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£275.00

An Ysart Brothers Concentric Paperweight With Complex Canes c1950

An Ysart Brothers Concentric Paperweight With Complex Canes c1950

A large Ysart Brothers paperweight from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£125.00

A Paul Ysart Close Pack Radial Paperweight c1950

A Paul Ysart Close Pack Radial Paperweight c1950

A Paul Ysart close pack radial paperweight from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£290.00

An Ysart Brothers Concentric Paperweight With Complex Canes Signed Made In Scotland  c1950

An Ysart Brothers Concentric Paperweight With Complex Canes Signed Made In Scotland c1950

An Ysart Brother concentric paperweight with complex canes from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£250.00

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