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Heritage Glass Paperweights

Handmade by Canberra Glassworks, these paperweights were commissioned by the Duldig Studio in 2021.

The featured image is turned into a decal and fired onto the rear surface of the glass. The glass itself is made by ladling molten glass into a graphite mould. Each one is hand-made and therefore you may see slight difference in thickness, the occasional small bubble or tool mark.

We have four beautiful heritage designs to choose from.

Cost: $60 + $15 postage, to arrange collection from the museum please contact us at enquiries@duldig.org.au

The Sun Appearing Through Dark Clouds c. 1972

Karl Duldig (1902-1986) 
‘Antique’ (mouth blown) glass and lead cames 
54 x 54cm 
Collection:  One of six Holocaust Memorial windows at the Kadimah Jewish Cultural Centre and National Library. 

About the design: 
All the windows of this series use vibrant high quality ‘Antique’ or mouth blown glass and lead cames and were designed as an integral part of the building when it was built in 1972. The six stained glass panels in the Memorial Hall are devoted to the memory of our people who lost their lives as victims of Nazi persecution. They also express the feeling of hope for the future.

“Stormy clouds of a period of horror and persecution, but brilliant trumpets of light dominate and radiate hope.” 

You are able to visit the Kadimah Jewish Cultural Centre (7 Selwyn St, Elsternwick) and see the windows for yourself. The building also features a bas-relief by Karl Duldig on the facade. 

Invitation Card, Kosmetik Institut, Wein (Cosmetic Institute Vienna) c. 1932 

Slawa Horowitz-Duldig (1901-1975) 
Ink on cardboard 
143 x 200 mm
Collection: Duldig Studio Inv. No. 3304 

Front of folded invitation card, inscribed inside, back inscribed with ‘edelweiss’ emblem. S. DULDIG, PRINTER FRISCH WEIN 1 credited at back.

About the design:
A talented artist and inventor in her own right, Slawa Horowitz Duldig received a commission to design the invitation card for the Kosmetikinstitut’s launch of a range of natural skincare products in 1932. Reminiscent of the work of Austrian painter, designer and ceramic artist Berthold Löffler, in Slawa’s card her stylish typography, colour and design unite to create a unique work.

Front of folded invitation card, inscribed inside, back inscribed with ‘edelweiss’ emblem. S. DULDIG, PRINTER FRISCH WEIN 1 credited at back. 

Silhouette, ‘A gift for you’ c. 1916

Slawa Horowitz-Duldig (1901-1975)
Black paper cut-out on tan paper
32 x 45 mm
Collection: Duldig Studio Inv. No. 3486

Signed, pencil in l.r.corner, “S.HOROWITZ 1916

About the design: 

This paper silhouette was created by Slawa Horowitz as a young student at the Art School for Women and Girls in Vienna. Papercut work such as this was a traditional women’s craft of Eastern Europe. The tiny work was given to her daughter Eva by her mother as a special gift.

Karl and Slawa with Umbrella c. 1935 

Vienna, Austria 
Photograph, scanned from negative.
Collection: Duldig Studio Inv. No. 6462

About the Design:
(…and the magic umbrella of the sculptress. In the inventors pavilion at the Vienna spring fair…There are however also female inventors…the sculptress Slawa Horowitz, who has invented a magic umbrella that can be folded small enough to put in a bag…) Nr.58 Neuigkeits-Welt-Blatt Wein, Wednesday 11  March 1931, page 7

In 1929 Slawa took out world-wide patents for her invention of a new folding umbrella called Flirt. The umbrella went into production in Austria and Germany, and Slawa received royalties from it until 1938. In 1939 she sold her rights to the Austrian manufacturer, Bruder Wuster. 

Karl and Slawa are pictured here in Vienna, 1935 with her famous foldable umbrella.