paperweights: Saint Louis, France – antique

PW1324. Saint Louis Museum Piece, circa 1850. Pansy with star-cut base – uncommon. We usually think Baccarat when we see antique pansy weights but Saint Louis (and Clichy) made some as well. Condition: perfect on the dome with basal rim wear and a small nick to the star-cut base – overall excellent. The colors and symmetry make this an exceptional paperweight. 2 5/8 inch diameter; 1 13/16 inches tall; fourteen ounces. SOLD

PW1397. Saint Louis Antique Classical Period Museum Piece (circa 1850). The famous and beautiful Saint Louis fuchsia. As noted in The Dictionary of Glass Paperweights, “This uncommon flower is one of the more attractive blossoms to be made by Saint Louis.” This is a nice large cabinet piece in excellent condition. The flower and two buds are well made and the double filigree ground is perfect. A similar piece resides in the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum and is pictured in their book Glass Paperweights of the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum. Condition is excellent with minimal signs of wear only to the base. 2 7/8 inch diameter; 2 1/8 inches tall; one pound and three ounces.  $1500

PW1430. Saint Louis Antique Classical Period Museum Piece (circa 1850). Two wild strawberries with blossom over white double spiral filigree ground.  One very similar to this is illustrated in The Dictionary of Glass Paperweights on page 321. This is a nice large cabinet piece in excellent condition. The fruit and blossom are well made and well centered and the double filigree cushion is perfect. Condition is excellent with minimal signs of wear only to the base. 2 15/16 inch diameter; 2 1/8 inches tall; one pound and four ounces.  $1800

PW1467. Saint Louis Classical Period Museum Piece circa 1850. Saint Louis produced some of the finest paperweights of the Classical Period and this is a nice one. Double clematis with four leaves over a double spiral filigree cushion.  Condition is excellent – beautifully polished to perfection by a master craftsman. 2 1/2 inch diameter; 1 13/16 inches tall; twelve ounces.  $600

PW2095. Saint Louis Antique Classical Period Museum Piece (circa 1850). Five turnips in three colors. I supposed turnips were an important food crop in 1850. One very similar to this is illustrated in The Dictionary of Glass Paperweights on page 339 which notes that turnips are “an uncommon design from Saint Louis….” This is a fine cabinet piece in excellent condition. The double filigree cushion is perfect. A similar piece resides in the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum and is pictured in their book Glass Paperweights of the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum. Condition is excellent with minimal signs of wear only to the basal ring. 2 1/2 inch diameter; 1 7/8 inches tall; thirteen ounces.  $500