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 interlacing trefoils around a central complex blue & white star cane encircled by a ring of ruby & white millefiori canes. One of the garlands is composed of red-lined white cogs; the other garland has blue & white composite canes. Polished, concave base with narrow wear ring.
Evenly spaced over a white upset muslin cushion, interwoven with a couple of pink and blue filigree rods, are 18 typical Baccarat millefiori canes, including 8 Gridel silhouettes - hunter, pelican (both rarely seen), black stag, goat, dog, rooster, white squirrel & lovebirds - and a flower cane generally referred to as a flax. 5 of the other canes...
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 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.