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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 04304
An attractive “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.  The blue & caramel canes also form the outer basket, which is drawn underneath the weight to a small..
Reference: MSL 04146
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 and ochre.  The red canes in the outer row form a tapering stem.An SL1..
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 ..
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