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 glass set with 4 red/white heart-shaped millefiori garlands around a complex cane in the centre and a ring of blue/green/red canes. Within each loop and between the 4 garlands are complex blue/green arrow canes. Polished, concave base with narrow wear ring.
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...
Set in clear glass is a blue/white lampwork primrose with 6 petals around a pink-centred white stardust stamen. Surrounding the flower are 5 green leaves; a further 6 leaves are borne on a short curving stem.Polished, concave base finished with a 16-point star-cut; broad wear ring.
Encased in clear crystal is a light-blue double clematis with 2 buds. The petals of the lampwork flowerhead encircle a white/pink millefiori “stamen”. The light-blue buds are set to the right and left of the main stem; their stems cross towards the base of the design just above a pair of green leaves. The weight is finished with a concave top facet and...
Set over a clear ground is a double white clematis with a pink/white millefiori cane at the centre of the 12 ribbed petals. Five green leaves crown the top of the flower, which is borne on a short curving stem. The two side branches each bear 3 green leaves. The weight is finished with a scalloped top facet and 15 side flutes.Polished, concave base with...
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.
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.
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.