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. 

PW2192. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1984 Museum Piece. This one is not in the book. It is somewhat similar to the yellow rose on blue ground from the year before but the rose us far more complex and well-made. One conjecture would be it’s a trial piece. It may be one-of-a-kind. Faceting is one and six but different than the normal as the side facets are nearly parallel with the opposing facets and toe top facet is huge. It works super well to play in the light. I find this color combination to have great eye appeal. Clichy gets all the credit for roses but the many styles of roses in the modern Saint Louis series have been awe inspiring. This one is a killer rose. I don’t see why they only made just one or a few. Signature cane in base SL1984. Condition is excellent/pristine. The color of the rose is rose to orange/rose – take a look. 3 1/16 inch diameter; 2 inches tall; one pound and three ounces.  SOLD

PW2210. 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 original box and certificate also in nice condition. Gold sticker with black print on side cristal Saint Louis France. Signature cane in the canter of center flower “SL1987”. 2 3/4 inch diameter; 2 1/8 inches tall; one pound. This is from a French collection. $550

PW1666. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1972 Museum Piece. Millefiori Carpet Ground limited edition of 400 pieces. Signature cane “SL1972”. The canes that comprise the carpet form a perfect dome. Drawn-in staves. Condition is excellent – as if selected from the shelf in a store in Paris in 1972. 2 3/4 inch diameter; 1 7/8 inches tall; fifteen ounces. $250

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

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 as if brand new. 3 inch diameter; 2 3/8 inches tall; one pound and four ounces.  $350

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

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 perfect. 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. SOLD

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