The large three-dimensional flower has a yellow and green crimped millifiori center, surrounded by multiple gradated layers of shaded pink, red and white petals, which are stamped with a faint waffle pattern.
Exhibited: Neenah, catalog number 24.
Diameter 3 and 1/16".
Condition: Very Good to Excellent. No losses.
Circa: The Classic Period (1850 - 1865)
Provenance: The Altschuler Collection.
I am so proud of my paperweight collection, and hope that future owners will enjoy them as much as I have.
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. A work such as this, because of condition and quality, as well as difficulty of creating it, is a top selection for the sophisticated and serious collector.
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