Since 1822 “Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat” has been the official name of a glasshouse first founded in 1764. The classic period of paperweight manufacture was 1845-1865. Opinions differ as to whether the factory continued to make paperweights in the closing years of the 19th century. Baccarat produced an amazing variety of complex canes and in ca. 1847 introduced Gridel silhouettes (animals, birds and figures). Signature and date canes are only found in millefiori paperweights. Apart from its wide range of millefiori weights, Baccarat was one of the foremost producers of lampwork flower paperweights.
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A small pansy with 2 deep-purple and 3 purple-tipped yellow petals on an opaque white underlay. The lower petals have distinct black markings. Surrounding the flowerhead are the tips of 3 leaves; the short curved stem bears 2 further leaves.Polished, concave base finished with a star cut.
Various types of arrow canes, shamrocks, whorls, honeycombs and stars - in green, turquoise, blue, red, salmon-pink and orange - are closely packed to form the tuft of the mushroom with the outer canes pulled into a tapered stem over a 32-point star-cut. Encircling the base of the mushroom is a coiled blue spiral wrapped around a white filigree...
A small weight with a red & white primrose. 6 well-formed petals surround a white stardust stamen centred by a pink bulls’ eye cane. The flower is crowned by the tips of 3 green leaves and supported on a short curving stem bearing a pair of green leaves. The polished, concave base is finished with a 16-point star-cut.