Baumann, Paul

A large shrunken core onionskin marble

p4A ItemID E8981768
A rare green glass white latticinio swirl marble

p4A ItemID E8981760
A Navarre single pontil horizontal swirl marble

p4A ItemID E8981745
A sulphide marble with angel in tunic praying

p4A ItemID E8981724

Paul Baumann

The renowned marble collection formed by Paul Baumann had its beginnings in the summer of 1952, when Baumann was a mere five years old. His parents were antique collectors who enjoyed prowling through shops, but they worried about their son’s short attention span and wanted to think of a way to keep him occupied. The solution Paul’s dad devised was to give the boy a portion of his own marble collection, with instructions to keep an eye out for similar types of marbles during their shopping expeditions.

“That was what sparked a lifetime of marble collecting and expert scholarship on the subject,” observed auctioneer Dan Morphy, a marble collector himself. “Paul was way ahead of his time.” He wrote Collecting Antique Marbles, a key reference work for the field, that was released in 1970 and has been reissued in four editions through 2004, with 44,000 copies sold, a very substantial number for a relatively narrow collecting specialty. A total of 430 lots from the Baumann collection are included in this auction.

Reference note by p4A editorial staff, November 2011.


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