PW3007. Baccarat 1970 Magnum Museum Piece: Crossed flowers float over a crazy beautiful white and maroon muslin ground. The basal rim is recessed half an inch and is centered with a large deeply cut star. The star pattern is more dramatic than in most uses, and in combination with the dreamy-patterned crystal ground is a magnificent piece. Excellent dome – free of issues. The base shows moderate shelfwear. 1970 was the apex of experimentation with Baccarat collector paperweights – Darwinism in glass. I have seen a hundred varieties of probable one-of-a-kind Baccarat paperweights from 1970 and 1971. Some designs evolved into more refined and appealing art, and others ran into evolutionary dead-ends, as with sulfides. This one is extra unusual. I’ve not seen another with a base shaped like this. The engraved star on the base is especially dramatic. I expect that the artist’s intention was to create a work to be held and admired as it turns in the light, a goal I believe was nicely reached. Probable One-off. Signature cane in the ground “B1970”. Base etched with Baccarat logo. 3 1/2 inch diameter; 2 inches tall; one pound and nine ounces. $450
PW3040. Baccarat 1971 Museum Piece: Butterfly over flowers on crystal ground. #6 as in the 6th weight they made that year. One-off. Baccarat butterfly weights have been popular since the mid-19th Century. Millefiori cane wings.Butterfly hovers over the flower. Excellent execution. Signature cane in the ground “B1971”. Base etched with Baccarat logo and engraved 1971 and 6.
3 1/4 inch diameter; 2 inches tall; one pound and six ounces. $850
PW2626. Baccarat Magnum Modern Museum Piece 1988 Limited Edition of 200. Bouquet de fleurs sur fond bleu. A beautiful bouquet on a pleasing cerulean blue ground. This paperweight is pictured Baccarat Paperweights by Paul Dunlop on page 206. Condition is excellent/pristine/perfect. Limited edition of 200 and numbered 85/200 along with 1988 for the year and etched with the Baccarat logo. 3 1/4 inch diameter; 2 3/8 inches tall; one pound and nine ounces. $750
PW2628. Baccarat 1988 numbered edition (#66 of 200) magnum bananas on blue ground. Quite stunning (gemlike translucent sapphire blue) and especially pleasing to one who likes balance and symmetry. Engraved with the Baccarat logo on the base, “66/200” and “1988”. This paperweight (this very one not just one of the other 199) is pictured Baccarat Paperweights by Paul Dunlop. This paperweight is pictured on page 207. Signature cane “B19881” in the translucent blue ground. 3 1/4 inch diameter; 2 7/16 inches tall; one pound and ten ounces. The shape is quasi-spherical, which fills the orb with dazzling blue. Beautiful play with light. Condition is perfect, flawless, as if you bought it from the Baccarat factory shop this morning. $850
PW2641. Baccarat Modern Museum Piece 1993 Limited Edition of 150. Papillon rose et blanc sur fond lichen. Red and white butterfly on lichen ground. As noted by Dunlop, the wings have the appearance of a stained glass window. The artful butterfly floats above a captivating sparkling green lichen ground the appearance of a thousand tiny emerald spheres. This paperweight is pictured in Baccarat Paperweights by Paul Dunlop on page 221. Limited edition of 150 and numbered 87/150 along with 1993 for the year and etched with the Baccarat logo. I am certain none are in better condition because it’s perfect. It went from Baccarat to a collector to me and was always protected as a valuable collectible. 3 1/4 inch diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall; one pound and eight ounces. $675
PW2649. Baccarat Modern Museum Piece 1983 Limited Edition of 175. Insecte sur violette sur fond orange. Beetle on violets on orange (more like amber) ground. The spherical orb is a shimmering, gemmy golden amber. This paperweight is pictured in Baccarat Paperweights by Paul Dunlop on page 197. Limited edition of 175 and numbered 113/150 along with 1983 for the year and etched with the Baccarat logo. The condition is almost perfect – the dome is perfect. If you look closely you can see minute shelfwear. It went from Baccarat to a collector to me and was always protected as a valuable collectible. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall; one pound and eight ounces. $550