paperweights: Clichy, France

French Paperweights by Clichy. The Clichy-la-Garenne Glassworks began to produce glass paperweights in the outskirts of Paris in the 1840s and continued until about 1870. No paperweights more beautiful than these have ever been made.

PW2059. Clichy Checker Museum Piece (circa 1850). Completely original Clichy checker. Only Clichy made checker weights during the Classical Period. The canes are separated by short lengths of delicate filigree twists and are placed over a muslin ground. In addition to a central Clichy rose, this one has eighteen all different complex Clichy canes in a nice variety of color and style, all well-spaced and expertly built. The filigree double twists on the bottom are beautifully lacy, parallel, and uniform with no breaks or cuts. The condition is remarkable. Although it has numerous surface scratches and a small chip, it’s all original. It must be in the top 5% of remaining original condition Clichys. It could be restored to perfection, but in such rare condition, I wouldn’t alter it. 2 15/16 inch diameter; 2 1/4 inches tall (a nice high dome); one pound and four ounces. $2400


ABOVE: PW1197. Clichy Sodden Snow Museum Piece (circa 1850). The Clichy sodden snow paperweight is a classic beauty, a design conceived to showcase their elegant, intricate, colorful canes against a pristine white background. The name comes from the appearance that the canes were pressed into sodden snow and on this one you can see the impressions from the bottom side. The  canes are exquisite with beautiful colors as only Clichy could do. Here the canes are arranged in a three-row concentric pattern. It has forty beautiful canes. Condition is excellent with a perfect dome. The base shows slight wear on the basal ring. 3 1/8 inch diameter ; 2 1/16 inches tall; one pound and five ounces.  $2450

PW2893. Clichy Checker Museum Piece (circa 1850). Completely original Clichy checker. Only Clichy made checker weights during the Classical Period. The canes are separated by short lengths of delicate filigree twists and are placed over a muslin ground. This one has eighteen all different complex Clichy canes in a nice variety of color and style, all well-spaced and expertly built, including a hidden Clichy rose cane. The filigree double twists are beautifully lacy, parallel, and uniform with no breaks or cuts. The condition is amazing. Although it has some light surface scratches, it’s all original. It must be in the top 1% of remaining original condition Clichys. It could be restored to perfection, but in such rare condition, I wouldn’t alter it. 2 11/16 inch diameter; 1 15/16 inches tall; fourteen ounces. $1600

ABOVE: PW2710. Clichy Spaced on Clear Museum Piece (circa 1850). A pink rose, a white rose, and two edelweiss canes are just part of the picture in this substantial piece. Beautiful canes in crystal clear glass are arranged 4-5-6-7-6-5-4 for a total of 37 crisp canes. The condition is excellent, as if you walked into a Parisian shop in 1855. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall; one pound and eight ounces.  $1500


ABOVE: PW1429. Clichy Museum Piece 1845-1860.  Elegant dark, cobalt blue, concentric Edelweiss, color ground. This one is more translucent than others I have seen in cobalt blue. It’s a real gem, like a sapphire. I could describe the canes, but it’s easier just to look at the images. Take note of the many, elegant, famous Clichy edelweiss canes that dominate the design. A significant and rare piece. 42 edelweiss canes in one weight. Dunlop discusses Clichy color grounds: “Not only did they make the most, they made the best! The colors are well chosen. The weights are bright and cheerful.” I could not agree more. The dome is beautifully polished. The base is original and shows appropriate minimal basal rim wear. Condition is excellent. 3 inch diameter; 1 15/16 inches tall; one pound two ounces. $2150


ABOVE: PW1487. Clichy Spaced on Clear (circa 1850). Canes are arranged 3-4-5-4-3 for  total of 19 super nice canes. This weight has a white rose and fancy faceting. It’s the most fancy faceting used by Clichy. As described by George Kulles in his book Identifying Antique Paperweights, this type of faceting by Clichy “has a large printy on top and five small printies on its side. The side printies are interspaced with long, narrow vertical flutes that start at the top printy and descend down the side almost to the bottom of the weight. Condition appears to be original with some attempt to polish. I see no issues with my naked eye, however with magnification one can find tiny nibbles, scratches, and knocks even at the facet edges, which indicates to me that the faceting is original. It’s a beautiful paperweight. Please examine the images. 2 5/8 inch diameter; 1 3/4 inches tall; twelve ounces.  $800


ABOVE: PW1680 . Clichy Sodden Snow concentric closepack with 54 canes Museum Piece (circa 1850). The Clichy sodden snow paperweight is a classic beauty, a design conceived to showcase their elegant, intricate, colorful canes against a pristine white background. The name comes from the appearance that the canes were pressed into sodden snow and on this one you can see the impressions from the bottom side. This one is a true concentric packed with four rows of canes in a dazzling display of color, shape, and texture. Condition is excellent with expected wear to basal ring. 3 1/16 inch diameter; 1 7/8 inches tall; one pound and two ounces.   $2200

ABOVE: PW2913. Clichy Five-Garlands on Clear Museum Piece (circa 1850). One garland comprises eight pink roses and another eight edelweiss canes. The condition is extremely rare – all original – not restored in any way – it has numerous light scratches and a few tiny dings, but all are minor and do not interfere with the viewing. In my judgment, it is fine as is and should not be polished – original Clichys are as rare as hen’s teeth.  3 3/16 inch diameter; 2 1/16 inches tall; one pound and five ounces.  $775


ABOVE: PW1743. Clichy Swirl Museum Piece (circa 1850). The Clichy Swirl is probably the most recognizable Clichy design and is a must for any Classical weight collection. Clichy made swirls in assorted sizes and color combinations. This one is especially well made with no problems (something you cannot say for most swirls out there.) Condition is excellent, beautifully polished.  2 3/4 inch diameter; 1 15/16 inches tall; fifteen ounces.  $1750


ABOVE: 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

ABOVE: PW1198. Clichy Sodden Snow Museum Piece (circa 1850). The Clichy sodden snow paperweight is a classic beauty, a design conceived to showcase their elegant, intricate, colorful canes against a pristine white background. The name comes from the appearance that the canes were pressed into sodden snow and on this one you can see the impressions from the bottom side. The  canes are exquisite with beautiful colors as only Clichy could do. Here the canes are arranged in a 4-5-6-7-6-5-4 pattern. It has thirty-seven beautiful canes. Condition is excellent with a perfect dome. The base shows slight wear on the basal ring. You would have to search far and wide to find another as stunning. 3 inch diameter; 2 1/16 inches tall; one pound and three ounces.  $2950 

ABOVE:PW1031. Clichy Vase, Museum Piece, circa 1850s. It’s a stunning piece. All paperweight collectors know about Clichy swirls. Here’s one in a different form. The condition is excellent. It shows age-appropriate wear on the basal rim. The pontil is ground and polished. If you look closely, you can see minor signs of use, but no problems – no spalls, fractures, or other issues – some rubbing but not even a scratch of any significance. Across the top it measures 20 by 21.5 cm; it is 12 cm tall; weight is one pound and four ounces.  $500

ABOVE: 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

ABOVE: PW2099. Clichy Museum Piece (circa 1850). Spaced concentric on clear ground. This is a small one with a nice set of classic Clichy canes. Condition is very good and it appears to be one of the rare Clichy weights left in original condition. It has light surface scratches, a tiny collapsed surface bubble below the setup line, appropriate wear to the basal rim, and a tiny 3 mm chip on the rim.   1 13/16 inch diameter; 1 3/8 inches tall; five ounces.  $150

ABOVE: 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

ABOVE: 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.  $850

ABOVE: 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

ABOVE: 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

ABOVE: 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

note scuffs at upper right

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