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St. Louis

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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Reference: MSL 04298
An attractive design using relatively simple millefiori canes.  Spaced around a centre cluster are diamond-shaped groups of red/white & green/white cogs with triangles of white/burgundy & blue/white/green cogs set around the perimeter.  Separating the cane clusters are spiraling coral-pink filigree ..
Reference: MSL 04296
A fascinating “shell-like” design created with just 2 different millefiori canes: red, black & white cogs & blue-centred 2-ring stardust canes. The canes are arranged elliptically around a pastel-pink/ & white compound cane. Signed with a blue/white SL1988 date cane. The outer row of canes is drawn ..
Reference: MSL 04302
An attractive carpet ground composed of 9 close concentric rows of complex canes - consisting of a yellow-lined centre tube surrounded by red/white stars within an outer band of white-edged red C-canes.  Signed in the 7th row with an SL1992 date cane.  Polished, concave base inscribed with..
Reference: MSL 04113
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..
Reference: MSL 04089
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 s..
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