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Part II: Antique Paperweights & Related Objects - 19th Century - From Various Consignors
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Lot 1
Rare antique Baccarat four-flower bouquet paperweight. The well-balanced arrangement contains a central cobalt blue- and white-striped primrose, with a six-point star/honeycomb cane center, which is framed by two pansies, and crowned by a thousand-petal red rose. The twin Type-I pansies are comprised of two, dark, purple, upper petals, and three, cobalt blue and white, cog/arrow cane, lower petals, around a star/arrow/cross cane center. The very rare multi-tiered dark red cone-shaped rose tilts slightly to one side, revealing three pointed green sepals, which hug its base. A slender green-sheathed red bud sprouts adjacent to the rose, along with several spaced green leaves. Four additional green leaves grow from two, long, crisscrossed, green stems below the bouquet, over clear, star-cut ground. "In contrast to the work of the other French factories, Baccarat produced conspicuously formal floral arrangements. These masterfully portrayed flowers combine to form a delightful garden. The millefiori cane sections that compose the bottom of the pansies indicate that this weight was produced in the early part of the classic period." - The Art of the Paperweight - Challenging Tradition. Diameter 3 3/8".

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Lot 2
Rare antique Baccarat faceted cruciform bouquet paperweight. A double-tiered white buttercup, with yellow star stamens, centers the design, bordered by four, spaced, stylized, millefiori flowers, on radiating stems, with four buds and multiple green leaves. Two of the flowers are formed by red, blue, and white bull's-eye/stardust/cog canes, while the alternate two are white, blue, and green six-point star/arrow/cog canes. A slender bud grows to one side of each of the four flowers, alternating between red and white. The piece has a clear, star-cut ground, and is cut with six and one facets. Formerly part of the collection of The New-York Historical Society. "The use of millefiori canes as decorative elements identify Baccarat as designer of this cruciform, flat bouquet." - Glass Paperweights in the Art Institute of Chicago. Diameter 3 1/2".

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Lot 3
Very rare antique Clichy clematis bouquet paperweight. The lush bouquet is crowned by a pink-striped white double clematis, with a star/moss/floret cane center, which blooms between two white buds, on a long stem, with six dark green leaves. A red-striped white bud centers the design, framed by two additional double clematis flowers, one purple, and one of red-striped pink, each with a complex star cane center. A narrow pink ribbon is wrapped around the ends of the bouquet's three gathered stems, over clear ground. Unpolished base. Clichy was renowned for its inventive flower portrayals, no two of which are exactly alike. The ribbon represents a gesture of love. Diameter 3 1/8".

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Lot 4
Rare antique Baccarat dated scattered millefiori green carpet ground paperweight. The piece contains an assortment of complex canes, including the Gridel silhouettes of a deer, goat, dog, rooster, horse, moth, pigeon, and pelican, about a central arrow cane, with complex canes, in coral, yellow, plum, cadmium green, cobalt blue, and turquoise, in a sea of green, white, and red, six-point, star canes. A "B 1848" signature/date cane rests between two of the Gridel canes. Minor surface wear on side. "Carpet grounds, usually associated with clustered paperweight designs, are among the most appealing foils for the colored and silhouette canes." - Paperweights: "Flowers which clothe the meadows". The term carpet was applied to these weights in the Catalogue des Collections des Arts et Metiers (Paris, 1855). Diameter 2 3/4".

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Lot 5
Very rare antique Baccarat dated spaced millefiori on aquamarine honeycomb carpet ground paperweight. The piece contains a prominent "B 1848" signature/date cane, surrounded by an assortment of spaced complex millefiori, including the Gridel silhouettes of a horse, dog, deer, goat, two roosters, a butterfly, and an elephant. The unusual carpet ground is composed of bundled aqua honeycomb canes, each with a red, white, and green cog cane center. Paul Hollister called these "rich juicy" paperweights. Diameter 3".

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Lot 6
Antique Pantin crimson-tinted rose and bud on white ground paperweight. The three-dimensional rose is composed of layered ruby-to-white petals, enclosing yellow stamens, inside four well-made, but obscured, mint-green sepals. It blooms on a stem with a slender ruby bud and several, broad, aqua-green leaves, over opaque white ground. Scholars commonly classify a group of paperweights exhibiting qualities similar to this one as a Pantin, but definitive attribution may elude some designs. "Wherever they were made they are Victorian workmanship at its best." -Paul Hollister, Glass Paperweights of the New-York Historical Society. Diameter 3".

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