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Part I: Antique Paperweights & Related Objects - 19th Century - From Various Consignors
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Lot 1
Rare antique Clichy spaced concentric millefiori on moss ground paperweight.

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A wine-red and white pastry mold conceals a yellow rod bundle and floret cane in its center and sits within a ring of six spaced millefiori, each different from the next and including an iconic pink and green rose cane. Another concentric ring ensues, having a slight hexagonal flair to its twelve spaced canes, including an edelweiss cane and a surprisingly hidden rose cane. The colorful millefiori rest in a cambered lawn of dark green rod bundle moss canes, of which each section is dotted with a red-centered white floret. “The ground of green moss dotted with stars and florets recalls the most charming of French Touraine tapestries of the XVIth century. It does not seem possible to achieve a higher expression of art on the road of paperweight making.” —French Crystal Paperweights. “The most sought after, and undoubtedly the most striking, spaced millefiori are the moss green carpet grounds. The prize possessions of a few advanced collectors, these weights feature a ground of many small green canes contrasting jubilantly with the colorful spaced florets.” —Paperweights for Collectors. Fine condition. Diameter 2 5/8”.
$16,000-$20,000

Current Bid:
$15,000
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Lot 2
Extremely rare and historically important antique Pietro Bigaglia and Giovanni Franchini 1845 Queen of Greece Amalia of Oldenburg paperweight.

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Giovanni Franchini produced exquisite picture and word canes that were utilized in Pietro Bigaglia’s famous paperweights. The date of “30 set 1845” was particularly important since it commemorates the very special day in September when King Otto I of Greece’s wife, Queen Amalia, visited Venice, as indicated by the letter “A” appearing below a picture cane of a crown. A few other monogrammed examples were made for special guests during this same occasion, including one with the letter “O” for the King of Greece himself. The Queen’s paperweight represents a typical Bigaglia burst of strong colors and goldstone made from a dense gathering of bits of ribbons, canes and filigree. Picture canes of rose bushes, harlequins, a pantaloon, a checkerboard, horses, birds, a gondola and a variety of complex millefiori, representing the zeitgeist of 1845 Venice that Franchini wanted to impress on the special visitors, are scattered on the surface of the colorful background. Pictured and discussed in the PCC newsletter #100, August 2009, on page 16 and in Identifying Glass Paperweights: The Less Familiar on page 68. Fair condition and typical internal flaw as seen in numerous other Bigaglia paperweights. Diameter 3 1/16”.
$16,000-$20,000

Current Bid:
$7000
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Lot 3
Antique Baccarat 1848 scattered millefiori and Gridel silhouettes on blue carpet ground paperweight.

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A continuous prairie of complex blue and white six-point star canes, with a ring of six or seven rod bundles each, creates a carpet where contrasting canes are spaced and pressed into eternal position. The canes include Gridel silhouette canes of a dog, goat, moth and swan, a shamrock and fortress cane, arrowheads and six-point stars. Signature/date cane. 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. Fine condition. Diameter 3 1/8”.
$16,000-$20,000

Current Bid:
$13,000
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Lot 4
Extremely rare Baccarat Type I white bellflowers paperweight.

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Three bellflowers, each with three white petals and three green sepals, hang gracefully from green stems and are framed by leaves that grow from above and below. Clear, star-cut ground. “One of the rarest of flowers from Baccarat...Seven Type I bellflower weights are known...” —Baccarat Paperweights: Two Centuries of Beauty. The bellflower is an important flower in mythology, from the Roman goddess Venus looking-glass legend to Gothic fairy lore. Bellflowers were also among the first ornamentals that settlers brought to the New World. Good condition. Diameter 3”.
$7000-$10,000

Current Bid:
$2500
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Lot 5
Very rare antique Baccarat bluebell paperweight.

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Three vivid blue bell-shaped gentians, fringed in white, grow from a long green vine along with a small blue bud and numerous green leaves both bladed and rounded. Clear, star-cut ground. Considered to be one of the more naturalistic and charming flowers from 19th century Baccarat, the flower, long a symbol of the Alps, is found in sunny alpine meadows. “One of the rarer flowers known from Baccarat...(fifteen known).” —The Dictionary of Glass Paperweights. Good condition. Diameter 2 5/8”.
$3000-$4000

Current Bid:
$1400
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Lot 6
Rare and excellent antique Bacchus close concentric millefiori paperweight.

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Twelve blue and white cog rod bundles, each with over thirty canes per bundle, are joined by a single rogue ruffle cane to form a ring around a rare large central pink and white shield cane. Four concentric rings of complex and ruffle canes in pink and white, with a faint hint of blue hue here and there, surround the contrasting blue ring. The outer concentric ring of complex canes is drawn down under the design to create a spaced ribbed stave basket. “Compared to the output of the French glass works of Clichy, Baccarat and St. Louis, the Bacchus production was very limited, possibly only four hundred or so in total.” —Old English Paperweights. “The glassworks, which initially specialized in domestic glassware and plate glass, began experimenting with fancy Venetian-style glass and paperweights in the 1840s. ‘Letter weights’ as they were called, were never more than a minute part of the company’s production.” —The Art of the Paperweight. Pictured and discussed on page 54 of Old English Paperweights. Extremely fine condition. Diameter 3 11/16”.
$10,000-$15,000

Current Bid:
$5500
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