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This page shows typical examples of classic Venetian paperweights.

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  • This cone-shaped weight is notable because, in addition to the (reversed) PoB 1845 date cane, it contains whole and partial Franchini canes and approx. 40 silhouettes; including a dancing figure (Arlecchino ?), 2 lyres as well as numerous dogs, horses, ducks and pairs of birds. There are also a number of flower portraits (roses ?) in both red and pink....

  • A mid-19th century scrambled with a tightly-packed cushion of pink & white filigree rods, aventurine inclusions and aquamarine, red & yellow twists. Strewn around the cushion are ca. 20 millefiori canes. With a couple of exceptions, they are all of the same type: blue/white cogs with brick-red markings. The exceptions are similar in design; one...

  • Possibly an early example from the Franchini workshop. Nestling among the mainly pink & white latticinio cables and aventurine inclusions in this mid-19th century scrambled, are 14 or 15 millefiori canes. There are basically two types - with slight variations - and consist mainly of tubes and rods in shades of pink & yellow, dark-blue, white,...

  • A knop decorates the top of this low-domed Venetian weight, which is filled with lengths of white latticinio, and red-and-white, yellow and blue-and-white ribbons and twists...enriched with aventurine inclusions. The base shows the typical broken pontil mark and wear on the basal rim.  

  • A medium-size scrambled in which the unknown maker has liberally scattered copper aventurine, which gives the weight a sparkling effect. The weight is unusual in that it is mainly filled with white latticinio, interwoven with a few short sections of tightly-twisted red, blue & aquamarine ribbons. A good example of a mid-19th Century Venetian...

  • Pink filigree rods predominate in this small mid-19th Century scrambled which, like so many Venetian paperweights of the period, has a slightly uneven surface. There are also some yellow filigree rods and white & aquamarine twists - plus copper aventurine inclusions.The profile is flatter than usual; typical deep basal concavity with an unpolished...

  • A small scrambled filled with 2-coloured corkscrew twists: ruby/white, aquamarine/white & dark-blue/white - amongst sections of white latticinio, pink filigree and copper aventurine inclusions.Like many mid-19th Century Venetian paperweights, the surface is somewhat uneven. The weight has a flattish profile with a slightly concave base and a small,...

  • A scrambled weight filled with lengths of yellow, pale-blue and pink filigree rods, strips of white latticinio cable, red-and-white corkscrew ribbons and copper-coloured aventurine inclusions. As so often with these early Venetian weights, the surface is very slightly uneven with a couple of imperfections... resulting, presumably, from not having been...

  • Strictly speaking not a paperweight - but either the top of a ceremonial cane or possibly what is known as a “witch ball” - plain or decorated glass spheres hung in windows to ward off evil spirits or suspended from the rafters for decorative effect. This one is certainly most decorative with its swirling white and yellow latticinio and...

  • Pieces of ribbon and twists in red-and-white, green-and-white and blue-and-white together with fine and coarser latticinio and aventurine inclusions almost completely fill this low-domed weight. The base has a typical broken pontil mark and wear to the basal ring. Under a magnifying glass, the glass shows the “sugariness” often seen in...

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