This is an antique Baccarat mushroom torsade paperweight for the serious collector. Every collection should have at least one fine mushroom weight. The mushroom weights are among the hardest to produce, requiring great skill. It is the classic Baccarat mushroom design, and has some very lovely canes and a blue / white / air torsade.
Country of Origin: France.
Size : diameter 3.0 inch ( 75 mm; height 2.0 inch / 50 mm)
Condition: Some display wear, but still Very Good Condition.
Circa: 1845 - 1860.
Condition: Some display wear, but still in Good to Very Good Condition.
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, 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.
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