paperweights: Baccarat, France – antiques

PW1477. Baccarat Classical Period (1845-1860) Wheat Flower with bud. The wheat flower is an uncommon Baccarat flower (Dunlop book). They were made with yellow (63%) or white (37%) petals. The white ones like this came with either 12 or 14 petals, this one has 12. The center cane is intricate with a bright red glow that attracts the eye. Star cut base. Condition is excellent. It is 2 11/16 inches in diameter with a height of 1 13/16 inches, and weighs fifteen ounces.  $1650

PW1746. Baccarat Classical Period (1845-1860) Red Primrose with red bud.  An immaculate gem of a Baccarat flower and bud. Beautifully created, nicely balanced, and in extra fine condition. Star cut base. It is 2 3/4 inches in diameter with a height of 1 11/16 inches; weight is fifteen ounces.  $950

PW2954. Baccarat Classical Period (1845-1860) Clematis with bud. A fine example of a high end Baccarat flower, complete with bud and a garland of red and white millefiori canes. An elegant gem from circa 1850. Star cut base. Condition is excellent. No problems – an exceptionally well-made piece. It is 2 1/2 inches in diameter with a height of 1 5/8 inches; weight is eleven ounces.  $1000

PW1167. Antique Baccarat Strawberries, circa 1850. An excellent rare Baccarat strawberries weigh with two beautiful, delicious-looking berries plus one that is yet to ripen. According to Paul Dunlop in his Baccarat book these are rare. “Star cut base. Condition is excellent. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 inches tall; one pound and six ounces.  $2450

PW1200. Baccarat Classical Period (1845-1860) Pink Primrose. It’s easy to see why the Baroness enjoyed having this paperweight in her collection. It’s a very well-made piece with an alluring deep coral/pink and white flower set within a beautifully balanced set of stems and leaves. Additionally, it is large and in excellent condition with a perfect dome and minimal signs of wear to the star-cut base. Provenance is The Collection of Swiss Baroness de Bellet, a three-generation collection of some of the finest French paperweights ever made. It is 3 1/16 inches in diameter with a height of 2 3/16 inches, and weighs one pound and six ounces – and that is quite large for an antique Baccarat. $1100

PW1474. Baccarat Classical Period Museum Piece. Fabulous Salmon-pink Clematis with red bud. The six side and one top concave facet in combination with the deeply star-cut base make for fabulous visual effects. A great old Baccarat flower weight. From the condition one would think it was made yesterday rather than 150 years ago or more. Extra fancy star cut base. It has been expertly restored to its original condition. 3 1/16 inches in diameter, 1 15/16 inches tall; one pound and three ounces. Really stunning. $1250

PW1478. Baccarat Pompon (Pon Pon) with Two Buds and a Garland Classical Period Museum Piece (1845 to 1860). Take a look at this beauty. You see these frequently called chamomiles for a reason I do not understand since they look nothing like chamomile flowers. They make a beautiful flower – very realistic. This crisp pompon and its two buds and stem with seven leaves sits within a ring of alternating red and blue arrow canes. Beautifully made. It has a star cut base and six concave side facets and no top facet – see Dunlop’s book for a pompon weight with identical faceting. Condition is excellent. It is a real gem. 2 7/8 inch diameter; 1 15/16 inches tall; one pound and one ounce.  $1500

PW2358. Baccarat Classical Period Magnum Blue/White Dog Rose, circa 1850. Beautifully executed blue and white dog rose with stems and leaves. Although this flower is not one of Baccarat’s rarest designs, this paperweight is extremely rare due to its state of preservation – 100% original – it’s difficult to imagine how this is possible after 170 years and many wars. It has just light surface markings. 3 1/4 inches in diameter, 2 3/8 inches tall; one pound and thirteen ounces. $900

PW2629. Baccarat Classical Period Museum Piece. A beautiful double clematis with perfect stem, bud, and leaves over a crystal ground. The center of the flower is a complex cane comprising 22 stars. Excellent condition with no problems. 2 9/16 inch diameter; 1 13/16 inches tall; eleven ounces. $950

PW2423. Baccarat Classical Period (1845-1860) Blue Clematis (high domed). Beautifully created with shimmering, deep blue-shaded-to-light-blue, petals in the doubled flower. Condition … this is the extra special feature of this piece … it is in its original condition, meaning it has never been restored in any way, which is a very rare state of preservation here because it has only moderate superficial surface issues (see pictures) which do not detract from the beauty of the piece  – condition-wise this must be in the top 2% of all unrestored antique weights. It is 2 7/8 inches in diameter with a height of 2 1/8 inches; weight is one pound and three ounces.  $1000

PW1700. Antique Baccarat Strawberries, circa 1850. An excellent rare Baccarat strawberries weigh with two beautiful, delicious-looking berries. According to Paul Dunlop in his Baccarat book these are rare. “Star cut base. Condition is excellent. 2 3/4 inch diameter; 2 inches tall; one pound and one ounce.  $2000

PW2557. Antique Baccarat Primrose, circa 1850. Faceted with the normal six and one configuration. Star cut base. Condition is excellent with the only sign of wear on the base. It has an old inventory number from the New York Historical Society, where this beauty once resided, on the side in red. 2 15/16 inch diameter; 1 15/16 inches tall; one pound and two ounces.  $950

PW2569. Antique Baccarat Anemone, circa 1850. Perfect flower and leaves. Faceted with the normal six and one configuration. Star cut base. Condition is excellent with the only sign of wear on the base. 3 3/16 inch diameter; 2 1/16 inches tall; one pound and six ounces.  $850

PW2630. Antique Baccarat Primrose with Millefiori Garland, circa 1850. You’d have a hard time finding a nicer one. Star cut base. Condition is perfect. 2 15/16 inch diameter; 1 3/4 inches tall; one pound and one ounce.  $1400

PW2793. Baccarat Classical Period – Butterfly in Garland, circa 1850. This handsome butterfly has brilliant millefiori wings. His body is dark purple with a gray head and bright blue eyes. Baccarat butterfly weights are “uncommon.” This is a superior example of this exotic paperweight. Star cut base. Condition: restored to perfection. 3 inch diameter, 2 3/16 inches tall; one pound and six ounces. $1550

PW1371. Baccarat Classical Period Museum Piece. A simple yet lovely and elegant deep blue dog rose over a crystal ground with a star cut base. Excellent condition with no problems. 2 9/16 inch diameter; 1 7/8 inches tall; thirteen ounces. $475

PW2065. Baccarat Classical Period Museum Piece. A beautiful double clematis with perfect stem and leaves in a circle of alternating complex canes over a crystal ground. The center of the flower is a complex cane comprising 18 stars. Excellent condition with no problems. 2 7/16 inch diameter; 1 3/4 inches tall; eleven ounces. $850

PW1046. Baccarat Classical Period Elegant Dog Rose in Coral Pink (circa 1850). This is a particularly large and nice example of this lovely lampworked flower over a star cut base, a Baccarat antique classic. It is almost large enough to be called a magnum. The inner pink of the petals is exquisite. The leaves and stems are all well-made.  Condition is perfect dome with some wear to the basal rim. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 ¼ inch high dome; one pound and eight ounces.  $1000

PW1400. Baccarat Classical Period Museum Piece. Fabulous Light Blue Clematis Buds. This beauty has six large blue buds intertwined on lovely green stems. This is one of Baccarat’s well-known designs. They made them in pink, white, blue in two shades, and in a variety of combinations, some with five and some with six buds. The design does a wonderful job of filling the weight with color and form. From the condition one would think it was made yesterday rather than 150 years ago or more. It has been expertly polished to its original condition. It is a nice large and heavy weight, with a high dome and a star cut base. As one can see from the images, the design is domed in the glass and as a result, when viewed from directly above, the top bud disappears. 2 15/16 inches in diameter, 2 1/8 inches tall; one pound and four ounces. $650

PW1470. Baccarat Classical Period Museum Piece. Beautifully executed blue and white anemone – perfectly centered and perfect in every way. An excellent example that is at the top of the art form. Although not as rare as the wallflower, fringed gentians, periwinkles, marguerite, forget-me-nots, bellflowers, dahlias, crown imperials, tulips, pelargonium, or alliums, they are more rare than pansies, clematis, primroses, chamomile, dog roses, wheatflowers, roses, and buttercups (per Dunlop). Star cut base. It has been expertly restored to its original condition. 2 1/2 inches in diameter; 1 5/8 inches tall; eleven ounces. Really stunning. $600

PW1579. Baccarat Classical Period Museum Piece. One of the great double clematis with bud weights – remarkably well made – note the complex cane at the flower center. Star cut base. 2 3/4 inches in diameter, 1 7/8 inches tall; fifteen ounces. An amazingly well preserved piece considering the 150 plus year war-torn history of the region. It is expertly restored to its original condition without alteration to the original form. $750

PW1679. Antique Baccarat Double Clematis and bud with Millefiori Garland, circa 1850. A stellar gem. Faceted with the normal six and one configuration. Star cut base. Condition is excellent with the only sign of wear on the basal rim. 2 3/4 inch diameter; 1 3/4 inches tall; fifteen ounces.  $900

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Baccarat Classical Period Clematis Museum Piece. Fabulous Pink Clematis Buds. This beauty has six large red buds intertwined on lovely green stems. This is one of Baccarat’s well-known designs. They made them in pink, white, blue in two shades, and in a variety of combinations, some with five and some with six buds. The design does a wonderful job of filling the weight with color and form. From the condition one would think it was made yesterday rather than 150 years ago or more. Star cut base. It has been expertly polished to its original condition. It is a nice large and heavy weight; 3 1/16 inches in diameter, 2 1/16 inches tall; one pound and five ounces. This is probably the best of these I have ever seen. The florals fit the glass perfectly. I have a few clematis I my garden and this design truly captures the way they grow. Beautiful. $1200
Provenance: Freeman’s auction, Philadelphia – Dec. 6, 2010.

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