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The Glass Gallery, Chicago

#40 of 48 in Museums in Chicago
Art Gallery · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
Welcome to L.H. Selman Ltd., a name that has been synonymous with the finest antique and contemporary paperweights since 1969. As the country's premier dealer in fine art glass paperweights our mission is to promote the very best by exhibiting and selling through our gallery and at auction the finest examples made in centuries past, and by nurturing new talent emerging from contemporary independent studios.

L. H. Selman Ltd. has a sterling reputation, forged through years of working together with our clients to help them build discriminating and sophisticated collections.

We maintain an expansive paperweight gallery and museum in Chicago, Illinois, with the largest collection of antique and contemporary paperweights anywhere., our online presence, allows collectors to browse some of our inventory, read artists' profiles, and order works of art.

We hold auctions, each accompanied by a print and digital full-color catalog, and hold periodic exclusive online auctions. This offers collectors the chance to acquire some of the very best in antique, contemporary, and secondary-market pieces.

Our full-color brochures present new work from accomplished masters and emerging artists, as well as offerings from our antique collection.

Paperweight Press, our publishing house, offers a full spectrum of literature exploring the art and science of paperweights and glass art.

Our professional consultants are dedicated to the highest level of service and attention to detail with every client, from the casual collector to the serious connoisseur.

With a depth of knowledge and an ability to educate and advise individuals in developing their collections, we make a commitment that says, "Invest with confidence, you'll receive only the best from L. H. Selman Ltd."
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  • My wife and I recently purchased a fine glass antique paperweight from L.H. Selman Ltd. in Chicago to serve as a centerpiece for our extensive Civil War collection of rare and first-edition books...  more »
  • I was looking for a glass gallery as Google had called it. After speaking with a nice doorman who insisted it was the paperweight place I found it. Worth any trouble in finding it. The collections....  more »
  • What a cool place, totally worth checking out as an alternative to the common things you do in the loop near Buckingham Fountain (which you can see from their window). They sell hand made glass paperweights but really they’re like hand made glass works of art, both modern and vintage, made in the USA and imported from Europe. They’d make great gifts too. The man working there was super nice and explained how the paperweights are made, interesting!
  • I happened to discover this hidden gem by chance while visiting Chicago and would highly recommend visiting LH Selman in the Fine Arts Building to anyone who likes off the beaten path cultural discoveries. Learning about glass paperweights production and history was fascinating!

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