This is another very special piece from my personal collection. As you have seen, I am listing some extremely rare and wonderful pieces. I hope they bring to their new homes the same pride of ownership that I have enjoyed.
This is a dimensional multi-tiered white camellia centered by a garland of six dark blue camillas, all with green leaves, on clear ground. The faint waffle pattern seen on the petals of the center flower is a Clichy characteristic. (See L. H. Selman Ltd. Spring 2008 Auction, Lot 20; L. H. Selman Ltd. Fall 1998 Auction, Lot 1; and L. H. Selman, Ltd Fall Auction, 2008, Lot 108.)
Diameter 2 and 7/8".
Very Good to Excellent Condition with just the usual scratches on bottom from display.
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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