Paperweights are decorative objects, designed to hold sheets of paper on a surface to prevent wind from blowing them away. Paperweight has a long history in China, even can be traced back to the birth date of paper.
In ancient China, paperweight is one of the necessary equipment in sanctum. For one of the reason was Chinese paint art and handwriting always use brush and larger paper, the popular size may 300mm x 500mm, and the large size may be larger than 2000mm x 1000mm, then the paperweight As important as “wen fang si bao” (the four treasures of the study, i.e. writing brush, ink stick, ink slab, paper ), was very important for everyone who can read and write.
Recorded in the West that the first documented appearance can be traced to the Exhibition of Austrian Industry held in Vienna in 1845. The paperweights of Pietro Bigaglia of Venice were displayed at this exhibition. Knowledge of their existence was reportedly soon brought to the attention of the Saint-Louis glass factory in France.