paperweights: Baccarat, France – millefiori, page 3

The weights below are all from my personal stash of great weights, never before offered for sale. (Nov 3, 2019)

PW318. Baccarat 1977 9-ring Close Concentric Museum piece. The Baccarat millefiori concentric closepacks from the 1950s into the 1980s are some of the finest and most beautiful concentric closepacks ever made. The design comprises nine rings in a mesmerizing mandala. It’s large and substantial in heft and very well made. It includes four rows of canes with invisible clear crystal cores which gives the weight a movement effect when you shift it in the light. One ring includes a date cane of “B 1977”. Drawn-in staves. The bottom is marked with the Baccarat logo, 1977, and the number 5, meaning it was the fifth weight they made in 1977. Condition is excellent with some shelfwear. Killer weight. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 1/8 inches tall; one pound and six ounces. $650

PW962. RARE Baccarat 1958 (1970) Zodiac Church Weight Museum Piece. Fabulous, classic, colorful, intricate closepack. If Baccarat were to make a weight like this today, I am sure the price would be in excess of $2500. They no longer make quality collector paperweights. This is an amazingly intricate piece of glass art. The Baccarat closepacks from 1958 are interesting and quite rare. I have handled more Baccarat weights than you can imagine, always paying special attention to the church weights. They made a good number of different batches and made them in years after 1958, still using an 8-cane to distinguish them from the antiques. This is a good example of that fact as it includes the 8 cane as well as a 1970 date cane. We see 8-cane zodiac/church weights is a variety of color schemes, cane types, and setups. Look at the intricacy of the artisanship involved. The Baccarat logo is etched into the base. The canes include all the signs of the zodiac– they did this so they would not be confused with their antique closepacks – as well as an “8” cane for 1958. The quality of these are superior to the 19th century weights. The canes are diverse and the colors are exceptionally rich with warm colors, providing the look of a flower garden on a sunny day. The dome of canes is uniform. 3 3/16 inch diameter; 2 inches tall; one pound and five ounces. Condition is excellent – amazing for a sixty-year-old piece of glass art. $750

PW1069. RARE Baccarat 1958 Zodiac Church Weight Museum Piece. Fabulous, classic, colorful, intricate closepack. If Baccarat were to make a weight like this today, I am sure the price would be in excess of $2500. They no longer make quality collector paperweights. This is an amazingly intricate piece of glass art. Some of the Baccarat closepacks (such as this one) from 1958 are arguably the finest ever made and are quite rare. I have handled more Baccarat weights than you can imagine, always paying special attention to the church weights. They made a good number of different batches and made them in years after 1958, still using an 8-cane to distinguish them for the antiques. We see 8-cane zodiac/church weights is a variety of color schemes, cane types, and setups. Look at the intricacy of the artisanship involved. The Baccarat logo is etched into the base. The canes include all the signs of the zodiac– they did this so they would not be confused with their antique closepacks – as well as an “8” cane for 1958. The quality of these are superior to the 19th century weights. In my opinion some of the 1958 church weights are the most beautiful of all closepacks ever made by Baccarat and they made the finest closepacks ever made. The canes are diverse and the colors are exceptionally rich with green, blue, and red. They have less uniformity and more artistic allure, and they have a more organic look, almost as if they are alive. Note how high the mound of canes rises. 3 inch diameter; 2 1/4 inches tall (high dome); one pound and four ounces. Condition is excellent and essentially perfect – amazing for a sixty-year-old piece of glass art. This is seriously as killer weight. It’s one of the best (top two) of these I have owned. $1000

PW1132. Baccarat 1970 8-ring Close Concentric Museum piece. The Baccarat millefiori concentric closepacks from the 1950s into the 1980s are some of the finest and most beautiful concentric closepacks ever made. The design comprises eight rings in a mesmerizing mandala. One ring includes a date cane of “B 1970”. Drawn-in staves. The bottom is marked with the Baccarat logo. Condition is excellent with some shelfwear. 3 inch diameter; 1 13/16 inches tall; one pound and one ounce. $550

PW2123. Baccarat 1970 ten-ring Close Concentric Museum piece. The Baccarat millefiori concentric closepacks from the 1950s into the 1980s are some of the finest and most beautiful concentric closepacks ever made. The design comprises ten rings in a mesmerizing mandala. It’s large and substantial in heft and very well made. To me it has the appearance of Southwest American turquoise art. The colors work beautifully together. One ring includes a date cane of “B 1970”. Drawn-in staves. The bottom is marked with the Baccarat logo, 1970, and the number 109, meaning it was the 109th weight they made in 1970. Condition is excellent with light shelfwear. Top eye appeal. 3 3/16 inch diameter; 2 inches tall; one pound and five ounces. $650

PW3062. Baccarat 1970 9-ring Close Concentric Museum piece. The Baccarat millefiori concentric closepacks from the 1950s into the 1980s are some of the finest and most beautiful concentric closepacks ever made. The design comprises nine rings in a mesmerizing concentric array. One ring includes a date cane of “B 1970”. Drawn-in staves. The bottom is marked with the Baccarat logo, 1970, and the number 13. Condition is excellent with slight shelfwear. 3 1/16 inch diameter; 1 7/8 inches tall; one pound and three ounces. $550

PW3100. RARE Baccarat 1958 Zodiac Church Weight Museum Piece. Fabulous, classic, colorful, intricate closepack. If Baccarat were to make a weight like this today, I am sure the price would be in excess of $2500. They no longer make quality collector paperweights. This is an amazingly intricate piece of glass art. Some of the Baccarat closepacks (such as this one) from 1958 are arguably the finest ever made and are quite rare. I have handled more Baccarat weights than you can imagine, always paying special attention to the church weights. They made a good number of different batches and made them in years after 1958, still using an 8-cane to distinguish them for the antiques. We see 8-cane zodiac/church weights is a variety of color schemes, cane types, and setup. Look at the intricacy of the artisanship involved. The Baccarat logo is etched into the base. The canes include all the signs of the zodiac– they did this so they would not be confused with their antique closepacks – as well as an “8” cane for 1958. The quality of these are superior to the 19th century weights. In my opinion some of the 1958 church weights are the most beautiful of all closepacks ever made by Baccarat and they made the finest closepacks ever made. The canes are diverse and the colors are exceptionally rich with blue and red. They have less uniformity and more artistic allure, and they have a more organic look, almost as if they are alive. Note how high the mound of canes rises. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall (high dome); one pound and eight ounces. Condition is excellent and essentially perfect – amazing for a sixty-year-old piece of glass art. This is seriously as killer weight. It’s one of the best (top two) of these I have owned. $1200

PW529. Baccarat 1969 8-ring Close Concentric Museum piece. The design comprises eight rings of intricate canes with cool colors in the outer rings and warmer colors within. One ring includes a date cane of “1969”. Drawn-in staves. The job of a glass artist working in this form is to fill the glass orb with beauty and awe. I appreciate ones like this with carefully constructed drawn-in staves, making the base an integral part of the amazing design. The bottom is marked with the Baccarat logo. Condition is excellent with slight shelfwear. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 1 7/8 inches tall; one pound and three ounces. $550

PW1224. Baccarat 1970 seven-ring/giant center cane Close Concentric Museum piece. The large center carpetground cane is not one you see often. It brings one’s focus to the center of this beautiful mandala. The base is particularly attractive. One ring includes a date cane of “1970”. The bottom is marked with two Baccarat logos, 1970, and #56. Condition is excellent with mild shelfwear. 3 inch diameter; 1 7/8 inches tall; one pound and one ounce. $500

PW2264. Baccarat 1970 9-ring Close Concentric Museum piece. Nine rings of intricate canes with an unusual design of bright colors. One ring includes a date cane of “B 1970”. Carefully constructed drawn-in staves, making the base an integral part of the amazing design. The bottom is marked with the Baccarat logo. Condition is remarkably excellent for something made when I was a junior in college and had a 1-A draft status. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 1 15/16 inches tall; one pound and four ounces. $550

PW3003. Baccarat 1969 scarce 10-ring Close Concentric Museum piece. TEN rings of intricate canes with a dramatic, strong design, finished with attractive and well-balanced drawn-in canes. One ring includes a date cane of “1969”. The bottom is marked with the Baccarat logo. Condition is excellent. It has obviously been in a collection or locked away for most of those 50 years. 3 3/16 inch diameter; 2 1/16 inches tall; one pound and six ounces. $550