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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 millefiori and roses on moss ground paperweight.

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Nineteen millefiori, each different from the next, include one white rose and a pair of iconic pink and green roses that flanks a surprising hidden rose complex cane. The colorful display is spaced on a carpet of 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. Good condition. Diameter 3 1/16”
$10,000-$15,000

Current Bid:
$7500
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Lot 2
Very rare antique Russian dahlia bouquet  pedestal faceted paperweight.

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Three large multi-tiered dahlias are arranged on mint-green stems with leaves and three companion buds, each enrobed in a cup of curling green sepals, all tied together by a crimped yellow ribbon near the base of the stems. Two dahlias, one white and one pink, have progressively rising tiers of petals around green-cored yellow filament cane centers, while the third dahlia has green-dotted diaphanous yellow petals that have just started to reveal a bounty of pink stamens. The bouquet floats above a white ground. Eight rectangular side facets and a top octagonal facet add interest to a cylindrical dome, which sits atop a clear, hendecagon footed base. “These paperweights rank among the most beautiful and sophisticated in the genre.”  — Paperweights:  Collection Friedrich Bader, Wiener Kunst Auktionen. For similar examples of both lampwork and cutting, see 1992 PCA Bulletin, pages 12 and 13, and Fine British & European Glass & Paperweights, Bonham’s auction catalog, November 30, 2011, pages 74-89. Restored to excellent condition with typical internal flaw. Diameter 3 3/4”, height 2 13/16”
$16,000-$20,000

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$15,000
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Lot 3
Very rare antique Mount Washington four flowers on a vine magnum paperweight.

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A quartet of dimensional dewy blossoms are strung on a green stem, spun into a circular garland with crenulated green leaves. The flowers consist of tiers of cascading pointed petals in blue, yellow and pink, while a fourth flower has striking blue-striped pink petals. Each flower has an aventurine-pollen filled center, with the exception of the pink and blue flower that has a ring of five yellow stamens around a yellow match-head at its core. Clear ground. The bouquet was famously pictured and its provenance discussed in the 1992 PCA Bulletin, page 5, as previously belonging to a family collection spanning three generations. Also pictured and discussed in the 2011 PCA Bulletin, page 63. Previously sold in Bonhams, Fine Paperweights from the Collection of the late Baroness de Bellet, London,  May 19, 2010, as lot 62. Excellent condition. Diameter 3 13/16”
$25,000-$30,000

Current Bid:
$17,000
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Lot 4
Antique Bacchus close concentric millefiori paperweight.

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An iconic Bacchus red and white crimp cane, in a white tube, centers five closely packed and well-formed rings of lovely canes. The first ring has eleven red six-pointed stars in yellow and white tube canes. The following ring is of white and red ruffle canes that echo the central cane. The third ring has teal-colored echoes of the first ring’s red six-pointed star canes. The fourth ring is made of wispy rod bundles held in an exterior basket of blue-cored white crimp staves. Fine condition. Diameter 3 7/16”
$5000-$8000

Current Bid:
$2750
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Lot 5
Antique Bacchus close concentric millefiori faceted paperweight.

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An unusually large iconic Bacchus ruffle cane has four concentric ruffled bands in white around a translucent red center that is punctuated by a black pistil. It launches five concentric rings of contrasting canes, the first two of which are hollow white crimps with red interiors and then green interiors. The third ring is made of intriguing multi-colored ‘bundle of canes’ canes and is followed by a ring of white-collared ruffle canes. The rings sit in a stave basket of lavender hollow cogs. Eight and one facets. Fine condition. Diameter 3 11/16”
$5000-$8000

Current Bid:
$1600
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Lot 6
Extremely rare antique, probably Clichy, quince fruit bouquet paperweight.

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A dimensional portrayal of four golden quince fruits, with an orange blush, is nestled on a spray of serrated green leaves. The calyx of each fruit is dotted with brown glass. Clear ground. A similar example is pictured and discussed on page 182 of Clichy Paperweights: Classics of the Nineteenth Century. The quince fruit is rooted in the ancient history of the levant and is a symbol of fertility and oriental exoticism. Good condition. Diameter 2 1/2”
$8000-$12,000

Current Bid:
$2250
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