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Part I: Antique Paperweights & Related Objects - 19th Century - From Various Consignors
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Lot 1
Rare antique Baccarat four-flower bouquet A full “thousand-petal” red rose, purple and yellow pansy, white double clematis and a red and white wallflower on a clear ground. Six and one facets. The luxurious, realistic red rose is created with tight inner petals and surrounding petals that gently unfurl until those on the outer edge are completely open. The Type II pansy is comprised of two large deep purple petals topping three smaller yellow-centered purple petals with a center stardust canes surrounding a green whorl. Next to the rose is a large white double clematis with two tiers of finely veined petals and a red, blue, green with a white arrowhead cane center. The fourth flower in the arrangement is a small red and white wallflower with a green, white and red arrowhead center. Numerous green leaves surround the bouquet. Two stems cross at the bottom below the primrose. An almost identical example appears in The Encyclopedia of paperweights, p69. (See also: Paperweights: “Flowers which clothe the meadows,” pp74-75; The Art of the Paperweight, p40; Classic French Paperweights, p23.) Diameter 3 9/16”
$20,000-$25,000

Current Bid:
$19,000
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Lot 2
Very rare and important antique Mount Washington Glass Company strawberries and blossoms magnum paperweight. Five, three-dimensional, red strawberries ripen on vines, with four fanciful white blossoms and green leaves, over clear ground. Blue green stems with leaves radiate from the center berry. The artist has painstakingly applied bits of glass to the surface of the berries to create the small seeds of the fruit. This weight may have been inspired by the “strawberry fever” that swept the United States between 1858 and 1870, when new growing methods made the fruit readily available. The Mount Washington Glass Company, located in South Boston, was founded in 1837. Strawberry weights are suspected to have been the work of noted artists Emil Larson or Emil Avinwell. “These strawberries look so real that you want to pick them.” One hundred of the most important Paperweights. Diameter 3 7/8".
$18,000-$24,000

Current Bid:
$12,000
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Lot 3
Outstanding antique Baccarat faceted four-flower bouquet paperweight. A red double clematis and a red bud grow on separate stems above a large white chamomile, or pompon, which centers the arrangement. A purple, blue, and white Type I pansy blooms on either side of the chamomile, while a purple bud and green leaves sprout from stems at the base of the bouquet. Six and one facets, with clear, star-cut ground. “Nearly all examples of flat floral bouquets show paperweight making at its gayest and most exuberant, belying the Victorian reputation for the lugubrious.”--The Encyclopedia of paperweights. Diameter 3 3/8".
$12,000-$18,000

Current Bid:
$10,000
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Lot 4
Rare antique Saint Louis flat floral bouquet paperweight. A large pink-striped translucent ruby double clematis, with a white millefiori center, is surrounded by three dark blue berries and several assorted lampwork flowers, in shades of blue, pink, orange, and white, on gathered stems, with green leaves, over clear, star-cut ground. Diameter 3 3/16".
$10,000-$15,000

Current Bid:
$6000
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Lot 5
Rare antique Baccarat pink snake on upset muslin paperweight. A light pink snake, with dark green markings and red eyes, coils on a cushion of white upset muslin. Minor scratch to dome. Typical air inclusion around snake. "Baccarat artisans merged two images of elegance with this portrayal of a snake on a lace cushion. One wonders what story lies behind its construction. The lace causes one to think that the piece belonged to a woman, or that it was meant to characterize a woman. Femme fatale-the idea of the female being alluring, yet possessing a painful bite, was a popular image in art and poetry at the time. Or, perhaps this is a representation of the serpent who tempted Eve. The entire presentation is masterfully put together." --The Art of the Paperweight-Challenging Tradition.(See A Collector's Guide to Paperweights, p. 43; paperweights of The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, plate 59, ill. 108 Exhibited: Neenah, Wisconsin, The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, "Rare Paperweights from a Private Collection," June 12 - September 5, 1982, catalogue number 19. Diameter 3 1/8".
$6500-$8000

Current Bid:
$6000
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Lot 6
Rare antique Clichy blue fantasy flower and bud paperweight. The unusual flower is centered with a multi-layer purple, pink, yellow, and white complex cane, encircled by a spaced ring of pale yellow rods, which are bordered by seven, pointed, cobalt blue petals. Three veined green leaves share the flower's stem, while a long, slender, cobalt blue bud, with thin green sepals, sprouts from an adjoining stem, over clear ground. Split petal; chips to base. Exhibited: Neenah, Wisconsin, The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, "Rare Paperweights from a Private Collection," June 12 - September 5, 1982, catalogue number 32. (From the Alschuler Collection). Diameter 2 7/8".
$11,000-$15,000

Current Bid:
$3000
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