paperweights: Saint Louis, France – modern, page 3

PW1241. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1978 Magnum Museum Piece. “Carpet ground with Four Silhouette Canes” limited edition of 350 pieces. Saint Louis produced 4 limited edition weights in 1978. Signature cane “SL1978”. Condition is Perfect/Pristine/Like New. 3 1/4 inch diameter; 2 1/4  inches tall; one pound, eight ounces.  $400

PW1247. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1977 Museum Piece. “Five Flowers on Clear Ground.” Limited edition of 450 pieces. Saint Louis produced 4 limited edition weights in 1977. Signature cane “SL1977”. Condition is Perfect/Pristine/Like New. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 1/8  inches tall; one pound, five ounces.  $475

PW2259. RARE signed Saint Louis 1984  Mount Washington Tribute Plaque Museum Piece Limited to 150 pieces. Very rare style for a Saint Louis weight and overall one of the great ones. The design is styled from antique work from the Mount Washington Glass Company. It is a three-flower, three bud bouquet over a white ground in a thick rectangular form with beveled edged all around. I have seen a few of these and feel that this is the best one I have seen. It is beautiful piece and was carefully executed. It is also a bit larger than the last one of these I handled – 3 ounces heavier. 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. It comes with the box in good condition but no certificate. It is signed with a signature cane “SL1984” which is secreted as the center of one of the flowers. Condition is excellent. 3 7/8 inches by 3 inches by one inch thick; one pound and five ounces.  $950

the owl signifies wisdom

PW2270. Saint Louis MAGNUM Museum Piece Limited Edition 1990. “Hibou” (Owl) is the official name on the certificate. This is a beautiful weight! Another great one from this company. The owl is always emblematic of wisdom. Perfect condition with box and certificate also in excellent condition although slightly musty since it is from a French collection in Normandy but has much improved after being here in dry Colorado for nearly a decade. The pieces from this collection are amazing – all perfect – like taking a time machine back to the factory store. Signature cane in the ground “SL1990”. 3 1/4 inch diameter; 2 1/8 inches tall; one pound and eight ounces. $450

PW2284. Saint Louis Red and White Double Overlay with upright Bouquet Museum Piece Limited Edition 1983. A stunning upright floral with faceted double overlay. Beautifully  executed. Perfect condition with box and certificate. From the collection of a French gentleman in Normandy – The pieces from this collection are amazing – all perfect – like taking a time machine back to the factory store. Signature cane in the center of a flower “SL1982. 3 inch diameter; 2 1/8  inches tall; one pound and four ounces. $525

PW2273. Saint Louis Magnum Museum Piece Limited Edition 1990 (#219 of 400). “Ophrys” is the official name on the certificate – it is a type of orchid. It is a beautiful complex amazing orchid and rests on a white ground. Perfect condition with box and certificate also in excellent condition although 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. Signature cane in the ground “SL1990”  and engraved 219/400 in the base. 3 1/4 inch diameter; 2 3/16 inches tall; one pound and eight ounces. $750

PW3193. Saint Louis/Hermes 1991 Super Magnum Museum Piece. Limited edition of 150. “King.” Extra magnum size pedestal crown fit for a king. A classic-style crown weight to outdo all others. Signed with a signature cane at the top –  “SL1991”. Condition is excellent. 4 inch diameter; 5 inches tall; four pounds.  $1400

PW1010. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1978 Magnum Museum Piece. “Carpet ground with Four Silhouette Canes” limited edition of 350 pieces. Saint Louis produced 4 limited edition weights in 1978. Signature cane “SL1978”. Condition is Perfect/Pristine/Like New. 3 1/4 inch diameter; 2 1/4  inches tall; one pound, seven ounces.  $400

PW1239. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1972 Museum Piece. “Carpet Ground with Six Millefiori” limited edition of 400 pieces. Saint Louis produced 7 limited edition weights in 1972. Signature cane “SL1972”. The canes that comprise the carpet are complex and finely detailed as are the large, more complex canes. Drawn-in staves. Condition is Perfect/Pristine/Like New. 3 1/16 inch diameter; 2 1/8 inches tall; one pound, four ounces.  $500

PW479. Saint Louis. 1954  Museum piece. Queen Anne Cherries and leaves on branch over a double reverse white spiral on clear ground. 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 glass is bright and clear and the green of the leaves complements the yellow fruit. Condition is a perfect dome with some shelf wear. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 1 7/8 inches tall; 1 pound, two ounces.   $450

PW1759. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1976 Museum Piece. The book, The Art of the Paperweight: Saint Louis, calls this “Two Yellow Clichy-type Roses on Blue Ground.” It was produced in a limited edition of 400 pieces. Signature cane “SL1976” in the base. Condition is excellent. 31/8 inch diameter; 2 3/8 inches tall; one pound and seven ounces.  $350

PW2015. RARE signed Saint Louis 1954  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. It has a 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 “SL1954” which is embedded in the mushroom. Condition is excellent with no chips or fractures. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 7/16 inches tall; one pound and eight ounces.   $450

PW2226. Saint Louis Museum Piece Limited Edition from 1986 – #97/250. “Orange Bellflowers” is the official name. It is a beautifully made paperweight in the classic sense with three flowers and a bud with stems and leaves over a crystal ground.  Perfect condition (really amazing – not even a trace of shelf wear) with box and certificate also in excellent condition although 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. Signature cane on the underside of one of the flowers “SL1986”. 3 inch diameter; 2 3/16 inches tall; one pound and four ounces. $450

PW441. Saint Louis Magnum Museum Piece Limited Edition 1989. “Spring” is the name and what better way to herald spring but with a beautiful songbird with luscious cherries. The perfection of spring over a snowy white ground. Limited Edition of 300. A top example of lamp work and paperweight craftsmanship. Perfect condition. Signature cane in the base “SL1989”. 3 5/16 inch diameter; 2 inches tall; one pound and seven ounces. $450

PW988. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1973 Museum Piece. “Multicolored Crown.” Beautiful symmetry. Signature cane “SL1973” in a ring of pistachio cogs at the center of the crown. Condition is excellent – it’s nice to find a weight that’s 46 years old in such top condition. 3 3/16 inch diameter; 2 7/16 inches tall; one pound and eleven ounces.  $450