paperweights: Baccarat, France – modern lampwork, page 3

PW2807. Baccarat Modern Super Magnum Pedestal Museum Piece 1998* Limited Edition of 50 – NUMBER 41. Lagoons, a magnum sized piedouche featuring white lined emperor fish and royal blue surgeon fish swimming in a tropical lagoon (Dunlop). This paperweight (this very one not just one of the other 49) is pictured in the most complete Baccarat book ever published, Baccarat Paperweights: Two Centuries of Beauty by Paul Dunlop, on page 234, and fills the entire page. A two dimensional picture, cannot possible compete with the view you have holding this in your hand under a good light with time to watch the fish swim peacefully through the crystal clear warm water. There is more to this weight than we see at first glance. Condition is excellent. Limited edition of 50 and numbered 41/50 along with 1998 for the year and etched with the Baccarat logo. This and the few other large pedestal weights Baccarat make in their waning years are testament to the skill and breath of talent of the great paperweight artists at Baccarat – the artisans skills had been steadily building from the 1950s and now, in what rumors surly warned was a line with numbered years, out of spite and pride came these few amazing masterpieces. Each is an important piece in art glass history. Comes with box and original certificate of authenticity –the box is very large to accommodate this very large glass sculpture – the box is 8 ¾ inches tall by 7 ¼ by 7 ¼ and with the weight weighs a hair under nine pounds. Actual paperweight is 4 7/8 inch diameter; 5 inches tall; the glass paperweight weighs six pounds and four ounces.  $3250

PW2788. Baccarat Modern Magnum Museum Piece 1995* Limited Edition of 100 – NUMBER 47. Semis de roses fond rouge. In 1995 Baccarat made seven limited edition weights – all of them rose themed (Coeur de rose) and four of the seven set within three rings of millefiori. These four blossoms and bud are as perfect an art glass rose has ever been – stunning and set on a mesmerizing rose cushion. This paperweight (this very one not just one of the other 99) is pictured in the most complete Baccarat book ever published, Baccarat Paperweights: Two Centuries of Beauty by Paul Dunlop, on page 224. Condition is excellent. Limited edition of 100 and numbered 47/100 along with 1995 for the year and etched with the Baccarat logo. Comes with box and original certificate of authenticity. 3 5/8 (very large) inch diameter; 2 1/4 inches tall; the glass paperweight weighs two pounds.  $1100

PW2262. Baccarat Museum Piece Limited Edition 1982 52/175. Beautiful dragonfly and flower over a green and rocky ground. Perfect condition with box and certificate also in excellent condition although slightly musty since it is from a French collection in Normandy. The pieces from this collection are amazing – all perfect – like taking a time machine back to the factory store. Signature cane in the ground “B1982”. Base etched with Baccarat logo and engraved “1982 52/175. 3 ¼ inch diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall; one pound and nine ounces.  $600

PW2268. Baccarat Magnum-size Museum Piece Limited Edition 1993 number 34/150. The certificate lists this by reference number 774-844 with no name but the gentleman who owned the collection called it Butterfly. Baccarat butterfly weights first became popular in the mid-19th Century. This one is exquisite and hovers above a grassy green ground. 150 is a low edition making this quite a rare piece. Perfect condition with box and certificate the box is in great shape except for a  bit of water spotting -also slightly musty since it is from a French collection in Normandy. The pieces from this collection are amazing – all perfect – like taking a time machine back to the factory store. Signature cane in the ground “B1993”. Base etched with Baccarat logo and engraved “1993 34/150. 3 1/4 inch diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall; one pound and eight ounces.  $525

PW2994. Baccarat Modern Magnum Museum Piece 1999* Limited Edition of 100 – NUMBER 78. The 1999 Baccarat theme was Les Jardins du Monde – The Gardens of the World. This is “Paimpol”. This paperweight (not just one of the 99 others) is pictured in Baccarat Paperweights: Two Centuries of Beauty by Paul Dunlop. A beautiful tropical fenced tropical garden that captures your imagination and transports you to an island paradise. Note the precise detail in the flowers. Condition is excellent. Limited edition of 100 and numbered 78/100 along with 1999 for the year and etched with the Baccarat logo. 3 9/16 inch diameter; 2 5/8 inches tall; this glass paperweight weighs two pounds and one ounce.  $1250

PW2404. Baccarat 1983 Gentian on amber ground. A lovely rendition of this classical motif on a translucent golden amber ground. Signature cane “B1983” in the ground. Engraved “85/175” and “1983”. 3 3/16 inch diameter;  2 3/8 inches tall; one pound and ten ounces. Condition is excellent.  $350

PW2638. Rare Baccarat 1973 numbered edition yellow flower with bud over translucent gemmy blue ground. This is possibly one-of-a-kind, or they may have made a few—it’s not one of the two limited editions for that year (both Gridels). It’s a beautiful weight, evocative of their antique flower weights. Etched with the Baccarat logo on the base and engraved  “236” “1973”. 3 1/16 inch diameter;  2 3/16 inches tall; one pound and six ounces. Condition is excellent.  $350

PW2767. Baccarat Magnum Museum Piece 1970 unique triple tulip over black and white ground. In the first few years of making limited edition collector weights, Baccarat also made a number of one-of-a-kind weights. This is one of them and it’s pictured in the most complete Baccarat book ever published, Baccarat Paperweights: Two Centuries of Beauty by Paul Dunlop, on page 177. Condition is excellent – this has obviously always been in the possession of a collector. Even the black, mirror-like base is pristine. It is  numbered 21 (meaning it was the 21st weight they made so far that year, exclusive of numbered editions, of which there were four that year) along with 1970, etched with the Baccarat logo twice and has a cane with “1970”. A rare gem. 3 5/16 inch diameter; 2 1/16 inches tall; weight is one pound and seven ounces.  $550

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