After a break of roughly 90 years, St. Louis started to make paperweights again in the early 1950s. All the trade secrets had been lost in the intervening years so the glassworkers had to experiment with millefiori and lampwork techniques. Early weights appear somewhat unsophisticated and lack the vibrant colours that had distinguished their mid-19th Century counterparts. In 1970 St. Louis launched the first of its Annual Limited Editions - just 3 designs. Modern St. Louis paperweights contain an SL signature/date cane and later editions are usually numbered. Annual Editions - plus occasional one-off pieces - continue to be produced, although each year only a couple of new designs in small editions are issued.
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A millefiori mushroom composed of 6 rows of fine canes in a harmonious range of colours - pale & dark-green, blue, turquoise, pink & ochre - is enclosed within a white-on-green double overlay. The outer row of canes is drawn into a tapering stem. The overlay is finished with a top and 6 circular side facets A pink/white SL1981 signature/date...
Lines of complex brown, pink & white millefiori canes are interlaced with strands of fine white filigree over an opaque pale-green cushion.Signed close to the end of the centre line of canes with a blue/white SL1988 date cane. Polished, concave base. (Includes original, numbered certificate)
An eye-catching “fountain” design - composed of blue/white latticinio twists placed between blue-centred white stardust canes - and set over an opaque pale-blue colour ground. A blue/white/red SL1988 signature/date cane is incorporated in the design. Polished, concave base with wear ring. (Includes original certificate)
15 complex millefiori canes are set in two spaced rings around a pistachio, pink & white centre cane on a white stardust carpet-ground. The final row of canes is drawn underneath to form a basket.A complex SL1982 signature/date cane is set in the centre of the slightly concave base.
Within the yellow-on-white double overlay is a millefiori mushroom composed of 6 rings of complex canes around a centre cluster of white, pale-blue & tobacco-coloured 6-point stars. Cane colours include pink, ivory & ochre. The red canes in the outer row form a tapering stem.An SL1987 signature/date cane is incorporated in the 4th row of canes....