Past Auction 51
Part I: Antique Paperweights & Related Objects - 19th Century - From Various Consignors
Rare antique Saint Louis dated dancing couple silhouette and close concentric millefiori paperweight.
A central silhouette cane of a dancing couple, encircled by a concentric ring of eight yellow, pink and white dancing devil canes, followed by four concentric rings of hollow stave, bull's-eye, whorl and cog complex canes in pink, white, blue, pale celery and yellow. The outer ring of blue and white canes is pulled down to form a basket. An "SL 1848" signature/date cane rests in the fifth ring. "Silhouette canes are those whose cross-sections bear the likeness of minute animals, plants or human figures in profile. These canes, simplistic renderings of reality, are whimsical reminders of childhood, and they boldly stand out among the other close packed and abstractly designed millefiori canes." -The Art of the Paperweight: Saint Louis. Diameter 3 1/8"
$12,000 - $18,000
Rare antique Baccarat dated 1848 red and white stardust carpet ground with Gridel canes paperweight.
A colorful assortment of scattered complex millefiori, including a blue arrow petalled flower picture cane and numerous Gridel canes including a horse, a deer, a rooster, a goat, an elephant, two dogs and two butterflies (or moths), nestled in a carpet of red-centered white six-pointed stars. Contains a "B 1848" signature/date cane. "Carpet grounds, usually associated with clustered paperweight designs, are among the most appealing foils for colored and silhouette canes." -Paperweights: "Flowers which clothe the meadows". Diameter 3 1/16"
$23,000 - $30,000
Rare antique Baccarat dated blue and white star carpet ground paperweight.
A rich assortment of complex canes in coral, ruby, yellow, plum, cadmium green and cobalt blue including Gridel silhouette canes of a goat, a dog, a butterfly, a rooster and a deer, all set in a sea of cobalt blue and white six-pointed star canes. The piece contains a "B 1848" signature /date cane. The term carpet was first used to describe these weights in the Catalogue des Collections des Arts et Metiers (Paris, 1855). "...The carpet grounds most prized by connoisseurs are the tightly packed miniature canes in combinations of colors such as blue and white." -Paperweights and Other Glass Curiosities. Diameter 3 1/16"
$28,000 - $35,000
Rare antique Baccarat special pattern shamrock and butterfly millefiori paperweight.
A central red and white rod/cog cane is encircled by four spaced concentric rings one of assorted complex canes, including blue arrow canes and red and white cog canes, along with a ring of seven rare green shamrock silhouette canes and a border garland of eleven spaced butterfly or "moth" canes, all over a wispy cushion of white upset muslin. "These are weights of power and impact whose design must have taken considerable thought." -The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights. (See Glass Paperweights of The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, plate 6, ill. 208.) Diameter 3 1/8"
$9,500 - $14,000
Rare antique Clichy scrambled millefiori with partial Clichy signature cane paperweight.
The piece contains a colorful array of whole and partial complex canes such as ruffle, star, cog, floret, bull's-eye and cross. Also included are numerous Clichy rose canes, both pink/green and white/pink, and an especially delightful and very rare complex rose cane with seven white and green roses around a pink and green rose. In addition, the weight displays four letters from the Clichy signature cane, "C CHY". "Cane colors are actually similar to those found in St. Louis and Baccarat. But cobalt blue is used sparingly, and opaque pink, brilliant deep aquamarine or medium thalo blue (not turquoise), warm cadmium green, ivory, lilac, and deep ruby or deep cherry red are seen in abundance, giving the weights a warmth and richness not found elsewhere. If Baccarat paperweights appear to be seen in shade, Clichy seem to be always in broad sunlight."-The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights. Minor surface wear. Diameter 3 1/8"
$8,500 - $13,000
Rare antique Baccarat flat bouquet faceted paperweight.
Rare antique Baccarat flat bouquet faceted paperweight, with a dazzling and rare floral group. A large central white buttercup forms the center, with a bundle of yellow star rods making up the stamen. It is flanked by two Type-I pansies, with shaded purple upper petals and a trio of cobalt blue and white arrowhead cane lower petals. The bouquet is crowned by a white double clematis, with a star cane center. A light green vine bearing a blue bud and green leaves entwines the central dark green stem. Six and one faceting. Star cut base. A broken stem below the clematis. "In contrast to the work of the other French factories, Baccarat produced conspicuously formal floral arrangements. These masterfully portrayed flowers combine to form a delightful garden. The millefiori cane sections that compose the bottom of the pansies indicate that this weight was produced in the early part of the classic period." -The Art of the Paperweight: Challenging Tradition. Diameter 3 1/8"
$15,000 - $25,000