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Part I: Antique Paperweights & Related Objects - 19th Century - From Various Consignors
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Lot 1
Exceptional and very rare antique Clichy millefiori carpet ground in a stave basket with signature cane paperweight.

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Delicate white stardust canes, with blue bull's-eye centers, create a prairie where varied and colorful millefiori canes are laid in spaced concentric rings, including a green and white rose cane and a signature cane. The field of flowers is held in a blue and white stave basket. "Ten stardust grounds have been documented from Clichy." -The Dictionary of Glass Paperweights. See Bonham's December 11, 2013 auction catalog, lot 92, for recent sale. See L.H. Selman Spring 2008 Auction 41, lot 1, Dunlop The Dictionary of Glass Paperweights on page 319 and "Glass Paperweights, The Art Institute of Chicago" on page 31 for similar examples. Diameter 2 1/4".
$22,000-$30,000

Current Bid:
$23,000
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Lot 2
Spectacular and very rare antique Saint Louis four-paneled close packed millefiori cross paperweight.

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In the style of the dazzling European decorative gardens, four triangular panels of tightly packed and varied millefiori canes are separated by a cruciform of white ogee-tipped red-cored flower cog canes, bordered by red, white and green twists, with a 28-point complex cog centered by a central blue flower, at the apex. See L.H. Selman Fall 2008 Auction 42, lot 6, for a similar example. Minor surface wear. Diameter 3".
$16,000-$20,000

Current Bid:
$13,000
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Lot 3
Very rare antique Saint Louis 1848 close concentric millefiori mushroom and torsade pedestal paperweight.

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A white stave stem of green and red flower canes supports the tuft of a mushroom with three concentric rings of complex millefiori and a large central complex cane predominantly in white with dashes of coral, blue and green. The mushroom is footed by a blue-encased white torsade around a clear, star-cut base, making the design very rare. See L.H. Selman Spring 2010 Auction 45, lot 10, for a similar example. Signature/date cane. Some surface wear. Diameter 3 1/8".
$16,000-$20,000

Current Bid:
$6000
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Lot 4
Excellent and rare antique Baccarat close concentric millefiori and carnation mushroom paperweight.

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A very complex and intriguing red, white and blue central ruffle cane, reminiscent of the traditional Bacchus central canes, is surrounded by a ring of nine very rare carnation picture canes in white cog tubes, then a ring of arrowheads and, finally, a ring of white ruffle canes that are pulled downwards to form a white stem that supports the tuft of the mushroom, created by the concentric canes. A blue-encased white torsade encircles the base of the mushroom. Clear, star-cut ground. See Baccarat Paperweights: Two Centuries of Beauty, page 36, figure 72, for an enlargement of the carnation silhouette cane. Diameter 2 13/16".
$12,000-$16,000

Current Bid:
$3750
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Lot 5
Rare antique Baccarat 1848 "choufleur" Gridel silhouettes and millefiori carpet ground paperweight.

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Reminiscent of a cauliflower head, loosely packed complex whorl canes, each with a lemonade-colored whorl cane surrounded by a ring of alternating mauve and lemonade whorls, create a carpet ground where the silhouette and picture canes of a flower, horse, dog, rooster, elephant, goat, deer and two moths are spaced amongst complex millefiori canes. Segments of white and colored latticinio are visible between the whorls. Signature/date cane. See L.H. Selman Winter 2012 Auction 50, lot 5, and The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights, page 61 for similar examples. Diameter 2 11/16".
$14,000-$17,000

Current Bid:
$8500
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Lot 6
Antique Venetian (c. 1843-1848) set of twelve enamel and millefiori fruit knives, by Giovanni Battista Franchini.

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Master bead-maker Giovanni Battista Franchini and his son, Giacomo, were recognized and decorated for their expert artistry in the mid-19th Century. The chronicles of their craft and lives have illuminated the innovation, allure and popularity of their works of art. The Franchinis created letter and portrait canes, distinct millefiori and stunning enamel glass, resembling the veins of marble, by using simple oil lamps and pots, which drastically contrasted with the furnaces and gas torches used by other makers. Adapting their method of bead-making and carefully assembling these parts in layers around a core, they built objects such as walking sticks, parasols and, in the case presented here, twelve cutlery handles. "...handles for cutlery or other items posed a number of difficulties. Such objects required greater skill, because the glass mass was more liable to break unless it was heated and cooled slowly and evenly." -Miniature Masterpieces: Mosaic Glass 1838-1924, page 53. Rarely seen in such a large complete set, the twelve brass-colored gilt metal blades are each graced by a hexagonal or cylindrical blue, mint green, white and red scrambled enamel glass handle, scattered with copper aventurine and millefiori canes, including spaced concentric circlets, complex stars, cogs and several types of roses known as the progenitors of the Clichy rose cane. Also scattered throughout are whole and partial "Gabriel Levi" word canes, of which examples can be found in the Corning Museum of Glass and Miniature Masterpieces, page 43, image 400. The flared ends of the handles are dotted with a single complex cane of rings of stars, lozenges or spaced circlets, one with a rose cane. Housed in a locking metal-inlayed dark wood box with a lavender velvet interior. For further reading and illustrated examples, see -Miniature Masterpieces: Mosaic Glass 1838-1924, by Giovanni Sarpellon, page 59, image 534-38 and -The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights, by Paul Hollister, page 20. From the collection of an Italian Princely Family; provenance available upon request. Varying surface wear. Slightly varying length of handles" Lengths from 2 3/4"- 3 1/4".
$16,000-$20,000

Current Bid:
$10,000
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