For those not familiar with the Fine Arts Line, we encourage you to read our online book which can be accessed by clicking on the Tab on this website. Basically this is the product line that combines Pairpoint’s finest glassware with beautiful silver-plated sculptured metal mountings.
From a collector’s point-of-view, especially a novice or intermediate collector, there is little better than discovering an item that self-identifies. But, therein lies the hidden risk and false sense of security, and to the uninitiated, possibly a very costly mistake. Unlike almost any other collectible, caution must be directed to the opposite of the normal…validation supersedes identification. The critical question becomes, “Is the item in question original and complete as it presents?”
Also within our Download Center are almost 350 original Pairpoint Fine Arts Line catalog pages as well as considerable database information. Anyone thinking of purchasing ANY item from the Fine Arts Line should avail themselves of the research information on this site. By cross-referencing the catalog number found on the item with the appropriate catalog page, the collector can see exactly what the item is supposed to look like. Our experience with Fine Arts Line items has shown a frighteningly high incidence of marriages or missing elements. Caveat Emptor!
Now, with all of this warning, there is a positive side to validation…Great Buys are out there for those who have done nothing more than validate the item. We’d like to cite a very recent example of an item that looked incorrect but was actually OK; it’s very unusual to have right and wrong on the same item, but validation resolved the issue. Needless to say we made a very good buy.
But wait…look closely at the catalog image (below) and the item being sold (above); notice the circular disc sitting directly on top of the square base on the eBay item, and notice its absence in the catalog image. You have found the missing bobeches which could have been (unluckily) missing entirely.
This candle was shown in the catalog as being part of a Console Set made up of a pair of candlesticks and a matching centerpiece bowl. The bowl portion had a shallow configuration and was EPNS (electro-plated nickel silver).
3.) The final photo shows the Pairpoint Fine Arts Line “1-Light Candle” as it was intended to be:
Sandy and Marion Frost
The Frost Collection