paperweights: Clichy, France, page 2

PW2894. Clichy Spaced on Clear Magnum Rare Museum Piece (circa 1850).

2 pink roses, 1 white rose, and 2 edelweiss canes are just part of the picture in this substantial piece. Canes are arranged 4-5-6-7-6-5-4 for  total of 37 stellar canes.

The condition is an extremely rare state of preservation for a Classical Period weight: It is 100% original – never polished after leaving the store. AND it still looks great. It has light issues on the surface, rough spots, significant scratches, a chip, a bruise, yet still this condition must be the top ten few percent of extant original Classical Period weights, and original condition weights are scarce. 3 1/4 inch diameter; 2 3/16 inches tall; one pound and eight ounces.  $1500

PW2844. Clichy Spaced on Clear Magnum Museum Piece (circa 1850). A pink rose and a white rose help fill out the impressive, large canes in this stunning piece. The canes in crystal clear glass are arranged 4-5-6-7-6-5-4 for a total of 37 detailed canes. The condition is excellent on the dome with normal wear to the base. This one looks great from a distance from any angle. 3 1/4 inch diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall; one pound and ten ounces.  $2000

PW2408. Clichy Spaced Concentric over Crystal Museum Piece (circa 1850). Completely original Clichy. A piece like this makes it easy to see why 19th Century royalty collected Clichy glass paperweights. The crystal base is an excellent way to show off the bright canes. Unlike most Clichy spaced/crystal weights, this one is a true concentric. It was perfectly constructed and completed. Thirty-seven gorgeous canes with three roses – pink/green, white/green, and white/purple – all in a perfect dome. A small percentage of original Clichy weights are in original condition, like this. It has never been restored or polished. That said, a careful inspection will reveal numerous scratches and scuffs, most of which are low on the side and not distracting. Some collectors would consider it a candidate for restoration – this is not my opinion, which is that the value and rarity of the original condition on this piece far outweigh any issues. It’s important to note that it could easily be restored to perfection by an expert since all issues are at the surface. 3/1/8 inch diameter;  2 5/16 inches tall; one pound and eight ounces.  $1650

PW2023. Clichy Checker Museum Piece (circa 1850). 100% perfect Clichy checker (or chequer)–very beautiful. Only Clichy made checker weights during the Classical Period. The canes are separated by short lengths of filigree twists and are placed over a muslin ground. In addition to the somewhat standard central Clichy rose, this one has sixteen all different Clichy canes in a nice variety of color and style, all well-spaced and expertly built. The canes in his work are quite complex and very beautiful. All 16 canes are different from each other. This was made by one of their best paperweight glass artists or more likely a team of them. Clichy checker weights always (or almost?) have a muslin ground with the lowest layer comprising parallel segments of double twisted filigree ropes, frequently with different thicknesses or design in the muslin. The twists are normally somewhat haphazardly laid in, but on this one they are beautifully lacy, parallel, and uniform with no breaks or cuts. The condition is excellent –the dome is repolished – it is perfect on the high dome and the base shows moderate wear. This is what beautiful Clichy weights are all about and why royalty in the 1850s had a passion for collecting them. Nice size at 2 7/8 inch diameter; 2 1/4 inches tall (a nice high dome); one pound and four ounces.  $2250

PW2061. Clichy Classical Period (circa 1845-1860) Near Magnum 37 cane Spaced on Crystal Museum piece with a high dome. Of all the types and styles of weights produced by Clichy in their limited period of production, the spaced on crystal is perhaps the most dramatic. Their canes and colors were amazing, and what better way to display them than by suspending them in beautiful lead crystal glass. This is a very large one in amazing condition. The canes are fabulous, including the famous pink rose at the center and another peeking out from the edge. In addition are many different canes placed in an artistic balance for display by a master craftsman. This is a large one at one pound and nine ounces with a nice tall dome.  There is some wear to the basal rim but the dome is PERFECT – no chips, nibbles, scratches, or fractures of any kind. The dome is beautifully repolished. 3 1/8 inch diameter (to be a true magnum it would need to be 3 ¼); 2 1/4 inches tall; one pound, seven ounces.  $1850

PW2098. Clichy Museum Piece (circa 1850). Stunning spaced concentric on clear ground. This is a beautiful Clichy with an artistic pattern of colorful canes; the five blue canes in the outside row have some of the finest color of all antique weights and are set off by five pairs of white edelweiss florets. It would be fair to call all of the canes in this piece florets—canes intended to represent flowers. Condition is perfect; obviously it has been repolished to perfection by an expert. 2 1/4 inch diameter; 1 1/2 inches tall; eight ounces.  $350

Note: This is on the small side at 2 1/4 inches in diameter, although larger than a miniature (defined as two inches or under). I mention this for two reasons: first, so that you aren’t surprised by the size since it’s far smaller than most of the weights in these pages, and, second, so that you realize that what may look like a large bubble or a loathsome scratch is far smaller, a size which doesn’t offend most collectors. Picture it as 2 1/4 inches and you’ll envision a beautiful antique gem with delectable canes. It’s 170 years old. Back then if the glassworker wanted a new color, the company chemist had to figure out how to make it. These days they go the the website for the glass company and order in a hundred hues. Progress is great, but so is history. Thank you for listening.

PW231. Clichy Museum Piece. 1845-1860 The Classical Period for French paperweights. This is a stunning example of the beautiful work produced by Clichy during that period. It is a small weight with a high dome, artfully executed with a beautiful design. The bright red within the large blue canes of the outer row is particularly eye-catching. There is wear to the basal ring but otherwise the condition is very good to excellent with just minor issues to the dome that are not apparent to the naked eye. Considering it is about 150 years old, the condition is remarkable. 2 3/8 inch diameter; 1 7/8 inches tall; 11.5 ounces.  $600

Note: This is on the small side at 2 3/8 inches in diameter, although larger than a miniature (two inches or under). I mention this for two reasons: first, so that you aren’t surprised by the size since it’s far smaller than most of the weights in these pages, and, second, so that you realized that what may look like a large bubble or scratch is far smaller, to a size which doesn’t offend most collectors. Picture it as 2 3/8 inches and you’ll envision a beautiful antique gem.

PW246. Clichy Museum Piece (circa 1850). Spaced concentric on clear ground. A beautiful weight with a red Clichy rose at the center. As a three row concentric on clear, this is a stunning example of the best Clichy workmanship. It is delicate with all floret canes, including seven edelweiss canes around the rose. Condition is flawlessly repolished and a nice cabinet size. 2 9/16 inch diameter; 1 13/16 inches tall; thirteen ounces.  $950

On my modest 20-inch screen, this image of this paperweight is 7 1/2 inches in diameter. The actual paperweight is just over 2 1/2 inches, which is 1/3 the diameter of the image. Due to the nature of circles, it is far smaller than that in area, in fact it’s 46 square inches versus 6 square inches, making the bubbles on my screen seven times larger than in the actual paperweight. Just keeping it real (my new years resolution). There isn’t one antique paperweight on planet earth that doesn’t have bubbles.