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.
Click on an image for details, sizes & enlarged views
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.
The clear crystal set with 2 rings of complex millefiori canes. Green-centred white stardust canes make up the outer row around red & white corrugated canes. Centring the design is a 2-ring composite cane with white stardust encircling blue/white stars.A wear ring surrounds the concave, polished base.
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.
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.