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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 04342
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 co..
Reference: MSL 04375
A “diamond-within-a-diamond” pattern created with just 2 types of complex millefiori canes - one combining blue, caramel, red & white canes, the other white & pistachio canes. The blue & caramel canes also form the outer basket, which is drawn underneath the set-up.An SL1993 signature/da..
Reference: MSL 04414
Fioretti was the third in the series of SL honeycomb weights.  Arranged in 7 rows over an opaque white cushion are pale-blue & white, shell-like “C” canes.  The outer row is drawn into the centre of the base. Centering the arrangement is a blue, white & red SL1990 signature/date ca..
Reference: MSL 04301
Five garlands of alternating pink, blue & white complex millefiori canes loop around a white/red centre cane set in a ring of blue-centred stardust over a white upset muslin cushion.  Four of the loops in the garland contain silhouette canes - a dancing lady, dancing man, a horse and a dog...
Reference: MSL 04296
This “shell-like” design is composed of just 2 different types of 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 c..
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