The exquisite mushroom paperweights created in France by the incredible artists of Baccarat are among the most sought after and cherished. The pictures tell the story.
This piece is 3 inches in diameter.
Very Good to Excellent Condition. Star cut base.
The Classic Period refers to the period between 1845 and 1860, when highly skilled artisans in the great glasshouses (in Europe primarily) created masterpieces that amaze and excite the imagination, and give great pride of ownership. Paperweights were exquisite objects containing glass flowers, birds, salamanders, butterflies, and geometric designs comprised of millefiori canes. The term millefiori, which means "a thousand flowers" in Italian, refers to cross-sectional slices of a glass rod which has been formed in a mold and stretched, much like the making of hard candy.
The French factories of Baccarat, Clichy, and Saint Louis rivaled each other in this art form for a short period of time, after which the paperweight became literally a "lost art" until its renaissance in the 1950s. The extraordinary excellence of these 19th century works, as well as their rarity, combine to make antique paperweights some of the best investments in glass art.
Provenance: L. H. Selman Glass Gallery.
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