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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The clear crystal set with a well-centred anemone; the 6 deeply-ribbed white petals, edged in red, encircle a pink bull's eye & white stardust centre. Crowning the flowerhead are 4 green leaves; the short curved stalk bears 2 more leaves.The polished, concave base is finished with a small 16-point star-cut.
A medium-size weight with an arched canopy of closely-packed millefiori canes which rises well into the dome. The assortment of typical Baccarat canes includes shamrock & leaf canes with fortress centres, variously-coloured and different types of arrow canes, numerous stars, whorls, bull’s eyes and red trefoils. Set on an opaque white cushion the...
A mid-size weight with short segments of filigree, lengths of ribbon and twists in ruby, pink, blue yellow & bright-green - laid in the typical Baccarat style - under a high dome. Polished concave base with a narrow wear ring.
A small lampwork flower set (slightly off centre) in clear crystal: a double clematis with 12 ridged white petals arranged around a stardust & pink bull’s eye stamen. Crowning the flowerhead are 3 green leaves; another 2 are attached to the short, curving stem. The polished concave base is finished with a 16 point star-cut.
Miniature macedoines are rarer than their larger counterparts. Filled with short sections of filigree, twists, ribbons and rods in a colourful tumble of cobalt-blue, bright-green, salmon-pink, yellow & white the attractive little weight is centred by a blue & white whorl cane.Polished, concave base with a narrow wear ring.
The clear crystal set with a mid-blue dog rose. The stardust and pink concentric stamen is encircled by 5 heart-shaped petals underlaid with white, which extends beyond the blue overlay. Crowning the flowerhead are the tips of 5 green leaves with another 6 on side branches to the stem. Polished concave base with a 32 point star-cut.
A fine, large spaced design with 18 complex millefiori canes set evenly around a green, blue, white & ruby centre cane on a white muslin cushion, which rises high in the dome. Interwoven in the base of the cushion are a couple of blue, green & red ribbons. Amongst the colourful millefiori are 6 different types of arrow canes. Polished, concave...
A miniature weight with 7 millefiori canes on a cushion of white upset muslin interwoven with a couple of blue & pink ribbons. In addition to the pink composite cane centred by a butterfly silhouette, there are 3 other Gridel silhouettes - a black dog, rooster & mountain goat - and 2 complex arrow canes.Polished, concave base with wear ring.