paperweights: Saint Louis, France – modern, page 4

PW2946. Saint Louis Museum Piece. 1970 Limited Edition Magnum. Pistachio clematis with center cane with “SL 1970”. One of three limited edition weights produced by Saint Louis in 1970. The faceting is a traditional cut dating to the 1850s and gives this weight a classical look and feel. Depending on the viewing angle, you can get a kaleidoscopic effect. The deep cobalt blue ground makes an elegant and dramatic backdrop for the pistachio and green of the flower and bud. 3 5/16 inch diameter; 2  inches tall; one pound and six ounces. Condition: slight shelfwear otherwise perfect, as new. $450

PW3207. Saint Louis/Hermes 1999 Magnum Museum Piece. “Les Petites Marguerites” Limited edition of 150. A truly stunning bouquet with incredibly finely detailed lampwork. Fabulous. Signed with a signature cane in the base “SL1999” and 99/150. Condition is excellent/new. It has only been owned by glass dealers. 3 1/4 inch diameter; 2 1/4 inches tall; one pound and eight ounces.  $700

PW1266. Saint Louis Magnum Museum Piece Limited Edition 1975. Eleven cherries on double twisted filigree base. By making a weight with cherries on twisted double filigree, the Saint Louis company continued a tradition dating back to the 1850s. The concave faceting nicely multiplies the cherries. Signature cane in the base “SL1975” . Condition is excellent – looks as if it just came from the Saint Louis factory store. 3 1/16 inch diameter; 2 1/16 inches tall; one pound and four ounces. $400

PW2014. RARE signed Saint Louis 1953 Museum Piece. Double overlay Mushroom. This is a rare Saint Louis, made in the decade after World War 2 when the company was just getting back into production. The first paperweight Saint Louis manufactured in the Twentieth Century was in 1952. According to the expert on Saint Louis  paperweights, Gerard Ingold, in his book, The Art of the Paperweight: Saint Louis, “it is estimated that only three to four hundred pieces exist from the years 1952-1955”, which makes this an extremely rare museum piece. The mushroom comprises many various colorful intricate canes and is well constructed. It has five side facets and one on top and a star cut base. The mushroom is very well made. Double overlay with an attractive deep green over white. The angle of the facets gives the viewer an nice optical effect. It is signed with a signature cane “SL1953” which is embedded in the mushroom. Condition is impossibly perfect – it’s 70 years old and looks brand new. For whatever reason – lake of experience, drinking on the job – the facets are not quite right. Look at the top-down view and you can see it’s a bit off – a straight line across it is several degrees off perpendicular (3 mm) to the base. That said, it never bothered me. It’s an excellent mushroom and the enamel work is nicely done. I handled about a dozen of these over the years and this may be the best. It’s my last one. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 3/16 inches tall; one pound and seven ounces.   $475 SOLD

PW3092. Saint Louis 1994 Eclosion Limited Edition of 150 Extra Magnum Pedestal Museum Piece. A beautiful bouquet from Saint Louis/Hermes that will last forever. Elegant double twisted filigree pedestal with upper and lower torsades. Incredible craftsmanship. Signature cane in with the flowers “SL 1994”. Condition is perfect like new. 3 5/8 inch diameter; 4 1/16 inches tall; three pounds and one ounce. $1800