paperweights: Saint Louis, France – modern (1952-present)

French Paperweights by Saint Louis (Compagnie des Cristalleries de Saint Louis). One of the greatest glassworks of all time, Saint Louis, located in Moselle, Lorraine, France, began producing crystal paperweights in the 1840s. They continued producing fine paperweights until about 1867. Due to increased collector interest, Saint Louis went about the task of re-learning the art of crystal paperweight manufacture in the early 1950s. An estimated 300-400 lampwork and millefiori weights were made there between 1952 and 1955. Paperweight production resumed at Saint Louis in 1965 and continues to the present, with their better weights produced in limited editions. 

Saint Louis is a division of Hermes. 

PW2051. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1986. “Pink Flower on Turquoise Ground” limited edition of 250 pieces. Signature cane “SL1986” in the center of the flower. Condition is excellent. 2 3/16 inch diameter; 1 1/2 inches tall; 7.5 ounces. Possible their smallest limited edition weight. $150

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PW1257. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1986 Museum Piece. “Bouquet of Five Flowers” limited edition of 250 pieces. This perfectly constructed weight is based on bouquet weights from the Classical Period (1845-1860), one of which in this condition would be worth a fortune. Signature cane “SL1986” in a ring of pink tubes hides underneath a leaf. Condition is excellent. 3 inch diameter; 2 inches tall; one pound and two ounces. $475

PW1592. Saint Louis 1981 Museum Quality Double Overlay Millefiori Mushroom. The canes are precise and the mushroom is perfect. The signature cane is in the second to last row of the six row concentric mushroom: “SL1981”. Condition is excellent. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 1/8 inches tall; one pound and four ounces.  $450

PW2237. Saint Louis Magnum Museum Piece Limited Edition of 300 from 1989. “Rosaraie or Rose Garden” is the official name. Large bloom and two buds. It’s an extremely nice rose rendition from a company that has made a great many over the centuries. The dark blue ground is opaque. Perfect condition with box in nice condition/ no cert. Signature cane in the base “SL1989”. 3 1/4 inch diameter; two inches tall; one pound and five ounces. $750

PW2686. Saint Louis/Hermes Magnum Museum Piece Limited Edition 1988. In my opinion, this is one of the most beautiful glass paperweights ever made. It took one of the finest glass houses in history many years to be able to produce a masterpiece like this. The name is “Flowers of Lorraine” and it is a limited edition of 200 weights. It is a bouquet of nine flowers that you’d find growing in Lorraine, France. Excellent is condition. I have sold about a half dozen of these over the years – this one is the most perfectly executed. Signature cane in the base “SL1988”. 3 1/4 inch diameter; 2 inches tall; one pound and six ounces. $1100

PW2998. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1971 Museum Piece. Blue, Pistachio, and White Marbrie limited edition of 400 pieces. Saint Louis produced 5 limited edition weights in 1971. For this beauty, they resurrected a design from the Classical Period and made it better.  Signature cane “SL1971” at the apex. Condition is excellent/perfect and has the original Saint Louis sticker plus box (damaged) and certificate (Paul Jokelson). 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 1/2  inches tall; one pound and ten ounces.  $550

PW2017. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1973 Museum Piece. “Flower with Five Petals” on orange ground. Limited edition of 400 pieces. Saint Louis produced 6 limited edition weights in 1973. Signature cane “SL1973” in a ring of pistachio cogs at the center of the flower. Condition is excellent. 3 inch diameter; 2 3/8 inches tall; one pound and four ounces.  $300

PW2509. Saint Louis Museum Piece Limited Edition of 250 from 1987. “Blue Flowers Bouquet” is the official name. A real beauty. Seven blue flowers over a double spiral filigree mound. Perfect condition with box and certificate also in nice condition. Signature cane in the center of center flower “SL1987”. 2 3/4 inch diameter; 2 1/8 inches tall; one pound. $550

PW3227. Saint Louis/Hermes 1999 Magnum Museum Piece. “Les Petites Marguerites” The Little Daisies. Limited edition of only 150. A truly stunning bouquet. Fabulous work went into this. Amazing detain. Skillful use of faceting. Signed with a signature cane in the base “SL1999”. Condition is excellent. 3 1/4 inch diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall; one pound and nine ounces.  $750

PW3252. Saint Louis/Hermes 1976 Super Magnum Museum Piece. Limited edition of 150. ““Honeycomb Crown/Newel Post.” Extra magnum size ruby-color pedestal crown, topped with a golden rose. Magnificent. Signed with a signature cane in the base –  “SL1977”. Condition is excellent. 4 inch diameter; 4 7/8 inches tall; three pounds and four ounces.  $1200

PW1443. Saint Louis Coronation Museum Piece 1953 – Royal Blue Ground. The cameo is encircled by thirty-two colorful millefiori canes of two alternating types. Faceted with concave facets – one on top and five on the side. Etched on the base “Couronnement 2-6-53 Saint Louis France.” Condition is excellent with slight shelfwear. 2 7/8 inch diameter; 1 3/4 inches tall; fourteen ounces.  $140

PW3253. Saint Louis/Hermes 1977 Super Magnum Museum Piece. Limited edition of 150. ““Crown/newel post with filigree.” Extra magnum size pedestal crown. Fantastic play of shape and color. Red, white, and blue complex twisted filigree with a pink rose at the apex. Signed with a signature cane in the base –  “SL1977”. Condition is excellent. 4 inch diameter; 4 3/4 inches tall; three pounds.  $1150

PW2221. Saint Louis Mask of Agamemnon Museum Piece Limited Edition 1981 59/100. With an issue of just 100 pieces, this is one of the scarcer Saint Louis collector weights. It’s an innovative design and there’s real gold in there. Perfect condition with box and certificate, however the box is stained and slightly musty since it is from a French collection in Normandy. The pieces from this collection are amazing – all perfect – like taking a time machine back to the factory store. I doubt there is one of these in existence in better condition than this perfect specimen. Base etched with Saint Louis logo. 2 by 2 5/8 inches and  2 5/8 inches tall; one pound and two ounces. $750

PW2228. One of the Great Modern Rarities! Saint Louis Magnum Encased Double Overlay Gingham Museum Piece Limited Edition 1989 of Fifty. Gingham is the official name on the certificate – it translates to gingham, another word we stole from the French. This is a killer weight! It is astounding. This weight brings together so much history and artistry. The process is insanely difficult. Paul Dunlop has a nice entry on this weight in his marvelous book The Dictionary of Glass Paperweights, he wrote: “Not only a technical tour de force, it is easily one of the most beautiful weights ever made. Imagine the skill involved in cutting the gingham pattern on the overlay once the weight was annealed. Not only was each square and rectangle cut by hand, each area of white in the design had to have the thin layer of blue precisely ground away. … It is reported that for every weight made … St. Louis destroyed nineteen others. It is that difficult a process!” Keep in mind also that after the precise cutting was done, the whole thing was returned to the furnace for a final layer of clear glass. This is a priceless piece. Perfect condition with box and certificate. The box has staining that looks like red wine/water damage. From a French collection in Normandy. The pieces from this collection are amazing – all perfect – like taking a time machine back to the factory store. Signature cane in one of the flowers “SL1989”. Has paper certificate with number 7. The owner of this piece was a personal friend of Gerard Ingold of Saint Louis. 3 11/16 inch diameter; 2 7/8 inches tall; two pounds and seven ounces. $4000

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