paperweights: Baccarat, France – modern lampwork

Baccarat Paperweights: Baccarat began production of lead crystal paperweights in the 1840s. Their work is classic and at the very pinnacle of art-glass perfection. They ceased production of paperweights in the in the 19th Century and only resumed in the early 20th Century, continuing until 2002, when they officially ended their long run of producing glass paperweights for collectors.

The late 1960s to early 1970s were the Dreamland of modern Baccarat—as dreamy as were the times. An incredible pulse of experimentation and creativity ran through the Baccarat glassworks, creating unique and short run pieces, some of the most attractive and natural millefiori closepacks ever made, and a wide range of fascinating flower forms – it’s a collector’s dream. As years progressed, the fruits of these years culminated in what is arguably the most stunning production ever within the world of glass art.

PW1232. Baccarat Modern Museum Piece 1973 Pansy on Starcut Crystal Ground.  This was not part of a numbered edition. Nice pansy.  Condition is excellent/pristine. Engraved 80 along with 1973 for the year and etched with the Baccarat logo twice, date cane in base.  3 inch diameter; 2 inches tall; one pound and three ounces.  $350

PW1233. Baccarat Modern Museum Piece 1974 Strawberries on transparent blue ground. Limited Edition of 240. Lovely weight with ripe red strawberries and a white blossom. I’ve notice that some of the blossoms in this edition have red center in the blossom. This one’s white. Condition is excellent. Engraved 23/240 along with 1974 for the year and etched with the Baccarat logo twice, date cane in base.  2 7/8 inch diameter; 2 inches tall; one pound and one ounce.  $350

PW2601. Baccarat Magnum-size Museum Piece Limited Edition 1991 28/200. Very lovely and intricate white carnations over a translucent blue ground, set as if in a vase with pebbles. Lovely Spring bouquet. Excellent condition, pristine. This paperweight (this very one not just one of the other 199 made that year) is pictured in Baccarat Paperweights: Two Centuries of Beauty by Paul Dunlop, on page 216. Signature cane in the ground “B1991”. Base etched with Baccarat logo and engraved “1991 28/200. 3 3/8 inch diameter; 2 1/4 inches tall; one pound and eight ounces. $550

PW2611. Collection of Gardens of the World: KYOTO, a Japanese Garden. Baccarat Modern Super Magnum Pedestal Museum Piece 2000 Limited Edition of 30 – NUMBER 6. So rare that only 30 people in the Universe can own one. Subtract those that are in museums or damaged and who knows how low that number actually is. This paperweight (this very one not just one of the other 25) is pictured in Baccarat Paperweights: Two Centuries of Beauty by Paul Dunlop, on page 243. Condition is excellent, as if you walked into the finest store in Paris 19 years ago. The weight is bright and colorful with a foot bridge to an island, lotus blossoms, and other lovely adornments, all in a well-balanced, beautifully executed piece. Limited edition of 30 and numbered 6/26 along with 2000 for the year and etched with the Baccarat logo and engraved Baccarat on the base. 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 building since the 1950s and now, in what they must have known or suspected to be one of their final years of production, out of spite and pride came, these few amazing masterpieces. Each is an important piece in art glass history. Comes with box and 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. Actual paperweight is 4 7/8 inches in diameter; 4 7/8 inches tall; weight is six pounds and two ounces.  $3750

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 in Baccarat Paperweights: Two Centuries of Beauty by Paul Dunlop, on page 206. Condition is excellent/pristine. 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.  $650

PW2725. Rare Baccarat 1973 pears and leaves over white ground. This is possibly one-of-a-kind, or they may have made a few—it’s not one of the limited editions for that year. It is similar to an apple weight they made the following year. The pears are plump and attractive with a lot of color. Etched with the Baccarat logo on the base and engraved  “28” “1973”. 3 inch diameter;  2 3/16 inches tall; one pound and five ounces. Condition is excellent.  $350 

PW2777 Baccarat Museum Piece Limited Edition 2001 38/100. Voyages Collection: Bananas on lime green ground. A small edition of 100 weights in the second to last year of production. This paperweight is pictured in the most complete Baccarat book ever published, Baccarat Paperweights: Two Centuries of Beauty by Paul Dunlop, on page 250. Signature cane in the ground “B2001”. Base etched with Baccarat logo and engraved “2001 38/100. 2 13/16 inch diameter; 2 inches tall; one pound. $400

PW3073. Baccarat 1970 Museum Piece: Butterfly over two dahlias on muslin ground. One off. Baccarat butterfly weights have been popular since the mid-19th Century. This is an especially nice one with attractive symmetry. The pink dahlias float just about a pink and white filigree cushion and the butterfly floats above it all. The centers of the wings are millefiori canes. The work nicely fills the crystal dome. Signature cane in the ground “B1970”. Base etched with Baccarat logo and engraved “1970 74”. 3 3/16 inch diameter; 2 inches tall; one pound and five ounces.  $650

PW2616. Baccarat 1993 numbered edition (#87 of 150) stunning magnum (lucky) seven blossom crocus on snow. Baccarat made crocus weights earlier but this one is the best I have seen – perfectly beautiful blossoms. Here we have the beauty of the crocus, its promise of Spring, and all else is pure white – beauty and promise and purity. Engraved with the Baccarat logo on the base and “87” “1993”. This paperweight (this very one not just one of the other 149) is pictured in Baccarat Paperweights: Two Centuries of Beauty by Paul Dunlop, on page 220.  3 1/4 inch diameter;  2 1/4 inches tall; one pound and nine ounces. Condition is excellent. It will bring you good luck. $500

PW2628. Baccarat 1988 numbered edition (#66 of 200) magnum bananas on blue ground. Quite stunning 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 in  Baccarat Paperweights: Two Centuries of Beauty by Paul Dunlop, 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. Condition is excellent.  $550

PW2756. Rare Baccarat 1971 magnum red and black snake on yellow, green, and metallic ground – one of a kind or very small number made. Snakes are classic in glass paperweights and this is an especially nice one. This weight is featured in Paul Dunlop’s Baccarat book on page 179. Cane “B1971” in the closepack. Etched with the Baccarat logo on the base and “37” “1971”. 3 5/16 inch diameter;  2 3/8 inches tall; one pound and eleven ounces. Condition is excellent.  $550

PW3178. Baccarat magnum 1997 limited edition of 100 Birds of the Pacific: Greater Bird of Paradise. Condition is excellent. Signed and numbered. 3 9/16 inch diameter; 2 3/8 inches tall; one pound and fifteen ounces. $1150

PW2503. Baccarat Kingfisher on Sky Blue Ground. Limited Edition 1989 130/200. Beautifully constructed kingfisher with stems and leaves. Stunning cerulean blue ground. Excellent condition. Signature cane in the ground “B1989”. Base etched with Baccarat logo and engraved “1989 130/200.  Has box and certificate. 3 3/16 inch diameter; 2 1/4 inches tall; one pound and eight ounces.  $550

PW2734. Baccarat 1984 Butterfly on Narcissus on green ground. Limited edition of 175, this is number 56.Especially attractive diaphanous, lifelike butterfly on a white narcissus. Signature cane “B1984” in the ground. This paperweight is a figured piece in Paul Dunlop’s remarkably thorough Baccarat book on page 198. Engraved “56/175” and “1984”. 3 1/8 inch diameter;  2 3/8 inches tall; one pound and eight ounces. Condition is excellent.  $500

PW2786. Baccarat Modern Magnum Museum Piece 1994* Limited Edition of 100 – NUMBER 65. Bouquet of carnations and lilacs. Take a good look at this piece. The series for this year was a set of six floral weights – these are exceptional works of art. 1994 Baccarat made six limited edition weights – all of them flower themed and three of them bouquets. The designer for the series, Evelyne Julien “has redefined the art of paperweight-making by freely interpreting shapes and colors. Her talent has brought innovation to the interplay of harmony and volume.” -from the original 1994 Baccarat brochure.

Dunlop wrote: “The edition sizes were smaller this year and the weights larger. The bouquets are elegant, exhibiting advanced lampworking skills.”

This is one of the greatest French bouquets from any age. It floats above a rich green opaque ground. 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. This paperweight is pictured on page 223. Condition is excellent. Limited edition of 100 and numbered 65/100 along with 1994 for the year and etched with the Baccarat logo. Comes with box and original certificate of authenticity. 3 3/4 (very large) inch diameter; 2 5/8 inches tall; this really amazing glass paperweight weighs two pounds and six ounces.  $1500

PW2796. Baccarat Modern Museum Piece 1994* Limited Edition of 100 – NUMBER 65. Magnolia. In 1994 Baccarat made six limited edition weights – all of floral. Dunlop wrote: “The edition sizes were smaller this year and the weights larger. The bouquets are elegant, exhibiting advanced lampworking skills.”

This paperweight (this very one, not just one of the other 99) is pictured in Baccarat Paperweights: Two Centuries of Beauty by Paul Dunlop, on page 222. Condition is excellent. Limited edition of 100 and numbered 65/100 along with 1994 for the year and etched with the Baccarat logo. Comes with box and original certificate of authenticity. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall; the glass paperweight weighs one and a half pounds.  $850

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