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Part II: Antique Paperweights & Related Objects - 19th Century - From Various Consignors
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Lot 1
Very rare and important antique Mount Washington Glass Company strawberries and blossoms magnum paperweight. Six, three-dimensional, red strawberries ripen on vines, with four fanciful white blossoms and green leaves, over clear ground. Several blue leaves rest near the border of the piece. This portrayal of a patch of wild strawberries and white blossoms, circa 1840-1880, contains vines and leaves which are significantly more developed than the few other paperweights of this motif. 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. Diameter 3 7/8".
$24,000-$30,000

Current Bid:
$18,000
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Lot 2
Rare antique Baccarat four-flower bouquet paperweight. A claret pompon, with four concentric rings of C-shaped rods around a yellow star complex cane center, is framed by two Type I pansies, each with shaded purple upper petals, and three cobalt blue and white arrowhead cane lower petals. A white double clematis blooms above the pompon, crowned by four, spaced, bright green leaves, as it shares a stem with a pair of small furled green leaves. The clematis and pansies each display similar pale yellow, red, and white star honeycomb/star cane centers. The design is finished with a small red bud and green leaves, sprouting from a green vine which wraps around the stem of the pompon. Clear ground. “Nearly all examples of flat floral bouquets show paperweight making at its gayest and most exuberant, belying the Victorian reputation for the lugubrious.” –Paperweights: “Flowers Which Clothe The Meadows”. 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 1/4".
$12,000-$18,000

Current Bid:
$9000
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Lot 3
Unusual and rare antique Saint Louis white and blue primrose paperweight. The unusual flower, a rare hybrid in the crystal garden of Saint Louis, is composed of a yellow match head center, encircled by five ridged white petals, each with a center band of cobalt blue. Four spaced green leaves emerge from behind the primrose, as it blooms on a stem, with a tightly closed light blue bud and a pair of green leaves, over clear ground. Diameter 2 13/16".
$7000-$9000

Current Bid:
$6000
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Lot 4
Extraordinary antique Clichy cinquefoil millefiori garlands on upset muslin paperweight. A dark purple, white, and red complex cog cane centers the piece, surrounded by a cinquefoil garland consisting of five, interlaced, question mark-shaped rows of assorted cog and pastry mold canes, in purple, pink, white, and two shades of green. A large complex cane rests just to the inside of each of the garland’s five outer curves, one of which is a Clichy-trademark, Type I, pink and green rose. Popular for its beauty, the Clichy rose, perhaps more than any other cane, conjures up the passions of the Victorian era. The remaining four canes include a cobalt blue pastry mold/bull’s-eye cane, a maroon cog/star cane, a pink cog/bull’s-eye cane, and a light blue and white floret/star cane. The design rests on a cushion of white upset muslin, over parallel rows of white latticinio. Diameter 3 1/4".
$5500-$7500

Current Bid:
$6000
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Lot 5
Very rare antique Gillinder & Sons of Philadelphia faceted concentric millefiori paperweight. The piece contains a large teal-centered white crimp cane, which is surrounded by rings of smaller hollow white crimp canes, and a ring of large teal-centered white crimp canes, at the perimeter. Top facet and six deep oval side facets. This weight represents one of the few carpet grounds from the Gillinder factory. “Like other weights, it has the characteristic long, very deeply cut oval punties and the feathery canes formed as a dome. The lower rim of white canes draws to the center of the base in the Bacchus manner.” –Glass Paperweights of the New-York Historical Society. Provenance: Dr. Daniel and Phyllis Turner collection. Diameter 3 3/8".
$5000-$7000

Current Bid:
$7500
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Lot 6
Very nice antique Clichy signed scattered millefiori on blue color ground paperweight. A rare maroon and white complex “C” signature cane, rests among a colorful array of assorted millefiori, including florets, stars, crosses, bull’s-eyes, cogs, and two roses, one pink and one white, on opaque dark blue ground. “[Clichy] cane colors are actually similar to those found in St. Louis and Baccarat. But cobalt blue is used sparingly, and opaque pink, brilliant deep aquamarine or medium thalo blue (not turquoise), warm cadmium green, ivory, lilac, and deep ruby or deep cherry red are seen in abundance, giving the weights a warmth and richness not found elsewhere. If Baccarat paperweights appear to be seen in shade, Clichy seem to be always in broad sunlight.” –The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights. Diameter 3 1/16".
$5000-$6500

Current Bid:
$6000
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