paperweights: Saint Louis, France – modern, page 2

PW2280. Saint Louis Magnum Museum Piece Limited Edition 1992 of 150. Fascination is the official name on the certificate – it translates to fascination, oddly enough, another word we stole from the French. This is a killer weight! This is a must for any top Saint Louis collection. There were 150 made which is a low edition, not quit enough for one of these for one person is every country. This is probably bigger than you expect – everything about it is beautifully done, from the ornate beehive faceting to the etched grid on the base. Perfect condition with box and certificate also in excellent condition although slightly musty since it is from a French collection in Normandy but it has improved much since being here in dry Colorado for a few years. The pieces from this collection are amazing – all perfect – like taking a time machine back to the factory store. Signature cane in the ground “SL1992”  and engraved 20/150 in lower side. 3 1/2 inch diameter; 3 9/16 inches tall; two pounds and eleven ounces. $1250

PW2917. Saint Louis 1994 “Eclosion” Limited Edition Extra Magnum Pedestal Museum Piece. Take a good look. It’s amazing – one of the finest Saint Louis weights ever. I’ve had the pleasure to handle a few of these over the years and this is as nice as any. The optics are exceptional. Signature cane in with the flowers “SL 1994” and engraved 105/150. Condition is excellent. 4 inch diameter; 4 1/16 inches tall; three pounds and nine ounces. $1800

PW3111. HUGE Magnum Saint Louis Museum Piece Limited Edition 1983. Montgolfier Balloon. Saint Louis made this to commemorate the 1783 launching of the first hot air balloon. The certificate states: “Saint Louis celebrates the bicentenary of the ascent by presenting a balloon in crystal whose design and decoration re-evoke the balloon of 1783.” The color is amazing with beautiful deep double overlay blue (over white) and a lot of gilded gold. It is signed along the base “Saint Louis 1983 253/350. It is in perfect condition. It comes with a box and certificate. A necessary component of a great Saint Louis collection. 3 5/16 inch diameter; 4 3/4 inches tall; one pound and ten ounces. $750

PW2205. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1986 Museum Piece. “Small Bellflowers on Turquoise Ground” is how it is labeled in the book but the certificate reads “Red and White lilies of the valley on turquoise ground.” Limited edition of 250 pieces. Signature cane “SL1986’ in the base. Condition is Excellent. Perfect condition with box and certificate also in excellent condition  although slightly musty since it is from a French collection in Normandy but it should improve after being here in dry Colorado for a while. The pieces from this collection are amazing – all perfect – like taking a time machine back to the factory store. This piece came together well, in my opinion with the design, colors, and faceting working in symphony. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 1 15/16 inches tall; one pound and three ounces.  $525

PW2263. Saint Louis 1983 Magnum Museum Piece. Limited edition of only 100. Magnum size complex paperweight. Very complex and difficult weight – upright bouquet with an encased triple overlay. Certificate numbered 52 and signed with a signature cane at the center a flower “SL1983”. Condition is excellent. 3 ½ inch diameter; 2 5/8 inches tall; two pounds.  $1650

PW1757. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1987 Museum Piece. The book, The Art of the Paperweight: Saint Louis, calls this “Yellow and White Flower.” It was produced in a limited edition of 250 pieces. It appears to be designed after the Baccarat primrose weights from circa 1850. It is a beautiful paperweight. Signature cane “SL1987” on the underside of the flower. Condition is excellent. 3 inch diameter; 2 1/8 inches tall; one pound and four ounces.  $400 

PW1117. Saint Louis Museum Piece Multicolored Swirl. One of the finest swirl weights of all time. Five colors. Closeup image shows a slight anomaly from the making. Signature/date cane: “SL1971”. Condition is excellent. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 3/16 inches tall; one pound and six ounces.  $350

PW2129. Saint Louis Museum Piece Limited Edition 1971. “Blue and White Swirl” is the official name. Pleasing symmetry. Signature cane in the crown “SL1971”. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 7/16 inches tall; one pound and eight ounces. Condition is excellent. $350

PW2111. Saint Louis Museum Piece Limited Edition 1971. “Multicolored Swirl” is the official name. Signature cane in the crown “SL1971”. Mesmerizing symmetry. Colors work nicely together. Clockwise swirl. Condition is excellent, as if you walked into a shop in Paris in 1971 and picked it off the shelf. I graduated college in 1971 and have not held up nearly as well. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 3/16 inches tall; one pound and five ounces. $400

PW1394. Saint Louis Museum Piece 2010 Magnum Limited Edition of 75. An amazing example of modern glass art in the form of a large paperweight from one of the finest glass houses of all time – Cristalleries de Saint-Louis, France. The history of producing fine crystal paperweights at Saint Louis dates to the 1840s. This limited edition weight is called “Leo le Tigre” and is a jungle scene with a tiger in the midst of thick jungle foliage with overhanging flowers and fruits. The jungle motif is enhanced by hand engraving all around. The scene is viewed through a tilted concave facet, giving it a rich and layered depth. The glass looking into the concave is not colored green but the rest has a green flashing. When looking in the window at le tigre the jungle appears to glow green– very cool! The lampwork comprises four layers and is quite intricate. This is a masterful work of glass art and only 75 were made, less than one for each country on earth. Signature cane “SL2010” and engraved “47/75” on the base to indicate this is the 45th of the edition of 75. This large, heavy weight has a diameter of 3 11/16 inches; height of 3 9/16; and weighs two pounds and twelve ounces. It comes with a presentation box and certificate.  Condition is new/perfect. $1850 

PW1662. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1973 Magnum Museum Piece. “Millefiori Garland on Red Ground”. Limited edition of 400 pieces. Saint Louis produced 3 limited editions of 400 weights in 1973. The canes in this piece are beautifully made and colored. Signature cane “SL1973” at the edge of the red ground. Condition is excellent. This was purchased directly from Paul Jokelson in 1973 and kept in storage ever since. 3 1/4 inch diameter; 2 1/4 inches tall; one pound, eight ounces.  $350

PW1741. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1979 Museum Piece. “Bouquet on Amber Ground.” Grid cut base.  Limited edition. Signature cane “SL1979’ in one of the flower centers. Condition is Excellent. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 1 13/16 inches tall; one pound and one ounce.  $350

PW2884. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1973 Magnum Museum Piece. “Flower with Five Petals” on pistachio 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 7/16 inch diameter; 2 5/8 inches tall; one pound and fourteen.  $300

PW1244. Saint Louis Limited Edition (1976) Museum Piece. Two pink Clichy-type roses on sodden snow ground. This is one of an edition of 400 pieces out of seven limited edition weights produced by Saint Louis in 1976. It is one of the most elegant modern Saint Louis weights. Condition is perfect. Concave faceted on top and six to the sides. There is a signature cane in the base: “SL1976.” 3 1/8 inches diameter; 2 inches tall; one pound and three ounces.  $300

PW1265. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1982 Museum Piece. “Four Strawberries on Lace.” Limited edition. Saint Louis made a fabulous addition to the strawberry paperweights available to collectors with this one. One of these resides in the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum. Signature cane “SL1982” in the base. Condition is excellent. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 1/16 inches tall; one pound, four ounces.  $375

PW2674. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1974 Museum Piece. “White Dahlia on Mauve Ground.” Limited edition of 400 pieces. Saint Louis produced 3 limited edition weights in 1974. This dahlia is very well made and designed. Signature cane “SL1974” in the base. Condition is excellent. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 3/8 inches tall; one pound, six ounces.  $350

PW2674. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1974 Museum Piece. “White Dahlia on Mauve Ground.” Limited edition of 400 pieces. Saint Louis produced 3 limited edition weights in 1974. This dahlia is very well made and designed. Signature cane “SL1974” in the base. Condition is excellent. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 3/8 inches tall; one pound, six ounces.  $350

PW1779. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1979 Museum Piece. “Pears, Cherries, and Plums.” Limited edition of 450 pieces. Saint Louis produced 8 limited edition weights in 1979. This is a continuation of Saint Louis’s long history of making fruit weights, and it’s a masterpiece – a fabulous array of pears, cherries, and plums on a double filigree ground. Six and one faceting. Signature cane “SL1979” in the base. Condition is Excellent. 3 1/16 inch diameter; 2 1/16 inches tall; one pound, four ounces.  $400

PW2000. EXTRA RARE Saint Louis Limited Edition (of 50) 1982 Museum Piece. This extra rare piece was made by Saint Louis exclusively for the Smithsonian Institute. While most of their limited editions for the period comprised 200-400 (and as many as 800) pieces, this was an edition of only 50. On top of that it’s a beautiful weight with a striking bouquet of blue flowers with leaves and stems over a double filigree ground. Signature cane “SL1982” on the underside of the base. Condition is Excellent. 3 1/16 inch diameter; 1 15/16 inches tall; one pound and two ounces.  $350

PW2007. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1971 Museum Piece. “Three Flowers on White Ground” limited edition of 400 pieces. Saint Louis produced 5 limited edition weights in 1971. The white ground  nicely sets off the three vibrant, masterfully made, lampworked flowers. Signature cane “SL1971” in a ring of green tubes in the center of a flower. Condition is Excellent. 3 3/16 inch diameter; 1 7/8  inches tall; one pound, three ounces.  $350

PW2202. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1983 Museum Piece. “Yellow Rose on Blue Ground” limited edition. They made roses in this style in several color combinations. The yellow over blue is lovely. Signature cane “SL1983” embedded in the base. Condition excellent with slight shelfwear. 3 inch diameter; 2 1/16 inches tall; one pound and two ounces. $400

PW2054. Saint Louis Magnum Museum Piece Limited Edition 1978. “Dark Pink Rose on Mauve ground”.  The glass artisans at Saint Louis were some of the finest lampworkers in history, and this rose is an impeccable example. A top example of the craft with 6 and 1 faceting. Excellent condition. Signature cane in the base “SL1978”.  3 1/4 inch diameter; 2 1/8  inches tall; one pound and eight ounces. $350

PW2185. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1975 Magnum Museum Piece. “Double Overlay Bouquet” – Signature cane “SL1975”. Condition is Perfect/Pristine/Like New. Comes with box (nice but for one split edge) and certificate of delivery. 3 1/16 inch diameter; 2 1/4  inches tall; one pound, six ounces.  $300

PW2109. RARE undated Saint Louis circa 1952 Magnum 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. I asked paperweight expert Paul Dunlop if he agreed with that number and he does. 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 and nicely centered. It has a double overlay with an attractive deep red over white. The angle of the facets gives the viewer an nice optical effect.  Condition is very good with no chips or fractures. 3 7/16 inch diameter; 2 5/8 inches tall; one pound and fifteen ounces (the largest one of these I have seen).   $400

PW115. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1975 Museum Piece. “Hawaiian Millefiori” limited edition of 450 pieces. Saint Louis produced 4 limited edition weights in 1975. The Dictionary of American Paperweights calls this weight “one of the most striking and popular weights made by Saint Louis during the twentieth century”. Signature cane “SL1975” in a ring of red stars. Condition is excellent with minimal shelf wear. 3 inch diameter; 2 1/8 inches tall; one pound and four ounces.  $450

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