The light copper-colored camomile, with two red buds, green leaves, and a slender stem, encircled by a green and white millefiori garland, on clear, star-cut ground. Five and one facets.
Diameter 2 7/8"
Circa: Classic Period (1845 - 1860)
Provenance: Number 50 in the 2008 Fall Guide of L. H. Selman.
This is a piece of merit for the serious collector.
Created by highly skilled artisans in the great glasshouses in Europe primarily between 1845 and 1860, paperweights were exquisite objects containing glass flowers, birds, salamanders, butterfiles, 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 in my opinion and experience. And the pride and enjoyment of such beauty is priceless to me.
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