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Part II: Antique Paperweights & Related Objects - 19th Century - From Various Consignors
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Lot 1
Excellent rare antique Baccarat seven-flower bouquet paperweight. A large, rarely seen, turquoise buttercup centers the design, bordered by a red and white primrose, a pair of small blue flowers, a blue and white arrowhead cane flower, and two small white flowers, on stems with assorted green leaves. Each of the flowers displays a fine stardust/bull’s-eye cane center. The three-dimensional buttercup, with two tiers of cupped turquoise petals, blooms above a pair of crisscrossed stems, on clear ground cut with a twenty-four-point star. Minor cullet in dome. “Large multifloral bouquets were a specialty of Baccarat and displayed the highest degree of skill in lampwork and millefiori techniques.” --Baccarat: Paperweights and Related Glass, 1820-1860. “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 Glass Paperweights. Diameter 3 7/16".

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Lot 2
Very rare antique Baccarat four-flower bouquet paperweight. A large white double clematis commands attention at the top of the arrangement, with two tiers of long, ridged petals around a pale yellow, red, and white honeycomb/star cane center, as it blooms above a pair of pansies, and a red and white primrose. The Type-I pansies each have two large dark purple upper petals, and three cobalt blue and white arrow cane lower petals, around a pale yellow, red, and white honeycomb/star cane center. The primrose, with white-banded red petals, displays the same center cane as the other three flowers. Numerous bright green leaves frame the blossoms, 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. “In 1848, the introduction of lampwork added significantly to Baccarat’s already versatile use of millefiori canes as decorative and identifying devices. Star and arrow canes center many flower types; the arrows were sometimes also used for lower pansy petals (as illustrated here) and for stylized arrangements.” --Glass Paperweights in the Art Institute of Chicago. Diameter 3 7/16".

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Lot 3
Rare antique Clichy turquoise and white swirl with white rose paperweight. The clear-encased piece has curved rods of alternating turquoise and white, emanating from a large Clichy-trademark white and green rose cane. “These are peculiar to this factory and make a very striking addition to a collection, being entirely different from any other type. They are composed of a large central cane from which spring swirling opaque rods resembling a Catherine wheel.” --Antique Glass Paperweights from France. Diameter 3 1/16".

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Lot 4
Rare antique Russian faceted six-flower bouquet pedestal paperweight. A central pink flower is encircled by blue and pink flowers, and green leaves, on white ground, over a clear, star-cut, footed, pedestal base. Top facet and eight adjoining side panel facets. As the genealogy of Russian paperweight production begins to take shape (See “The Malstov Dynasty of Russia”, Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors Association, Inc. 1995), one of the more interesting questions is one of cultural influence: Were the Russian artisans fully aware of the work of the leading European glass factories in the classic paperweight period, or were they creating in a cultural vacuum? One view states, “Botanical motifs were in part inspired by European design... but the St. Petersburg Botanical Gardens were also studied, as were the sumptuous albums illustrating diverse plants from around the world that the state-owned factories purchased as resources for their designers.” --Objects of Fantasy: Glass Inclusions of the Nineteenth Century. Diameter 2 13/16".

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Lot 5
Very rare antique Baccarat paneled honeycomb carpet ground paperweight. A flower-shaped design decorates the top of the piece, comprised of cobalt blue, red, and white arrowhead/six-point star canes, and salmon-pink, blue, and white cog/six-point star canes, outlined with white and cobalt blue complex six-point star canes. The design is surrounded by a carpet of aqua and white honeycomb canes. Paul Hollister compared the fineness of this type of paperweight to needlepoint. (See The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights) “...the carpet grounds most prized by connoisseurs are the tightly packed miniature canes in combinations of colors such as blue and white.” --Paperweights and Other Glass Curiosities. Diameter 2 3/4".

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Lot 6
Rare antique Baccarat dated blue star carpet ground millefiori paperweight. A central salmon-pink, blue, green, and white arrowhead/rod cane is surrounded by assorted spaced complex millefiori, including the Gridel silhouette canes of a dog, deer, butterfly, goat, and swan, on a lush carpet of cobalt blue and white six-point star canes. “B 1848” signature/date cane. Minor cullet in the dome. The term “carpet” was first used to describe these weights in the Catalogue des Collections des Arts et Métiers (Paris, 1855). “Carpet grounds, usually associated with clustered paperweight designs, are among the most appealing foils for colored and silhouette canes.” --Paperweights: “Flowers which clothe the meadows.” Diameter 2 11/16".

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