A whimsical pink hot air balloon bearing a French banner and flag floats through the clouds on this vintage millefiori paperweight. Festoons of bright cobalt ribboning encircle the balloon and a regal bird is shown with outstretched wings. Two figures stand in the basket, one looking into the horizon and one in a telescope. Clouds float in front of the balloon, providing a sense of perspective. The piece has a definite French theme as the banner, reading, "Les Marseillois" is French as is one of the flags.
Gorgeous colors and a very old fashioned image make this piece a unique addition to a collection or perhaps even a special gift for a fellow Francophile.
The millefiori canes have fantastic kelly green sides with white, blue and red interiors. The canes encircle the paperweight edge.
The piece probably dates to the 1980s.
SIZE: approx. 2-1/4" high x 3-5/8" wide; weighs 1 lb., 12 oz.
CONDITION: Very good with a tad of surface wear to top simply from age, one area with a tad of scuffing on the lower side near bottom (neither of which are noticeable to the naked eye) and some air pockets/bubbles which are shown in the photos.
Item ID: 201348
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