Produced by Baccarat and dated 1971, this beautiful paperweight depicts Eleanor Roosevelt. The base of the paperweight is of a deep amethyst colour with no cut or pattern. The paperweight involves a detailed sulfide inclusion depicting the great lady and is cut with six windows or facets looking in on the sulfide portrait.
Great gift for the collector or admirer of this great woman.
Dimensions: Approximately 6.7 cm (2 ½ in) diameter base and 4.5 cm (1 ¾ in) height.
Signature: "Baccarat France" logo stamped on the base with the sulphide marked "David 1971"
Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks, or repairs.
A Note About the Manufacturer:
Baccarat Glass was established in 1765 by the Bishop of Metz to encourage industry in the little village of Baccarat, some 250 miles east of Paris, France. The Verrerie de Sainte Anne at Baccarat made all kinds of utility glassware (windows, bottles, tableware) and flourished for many years.
In 1815, the great French glassworks at Voneche in Northern France found itself outside the new French frontier in the newly created country of Belgium. The owner of Voneche, Aimé-Gabriel D'Artigues, bought the Baccarat glassworks to re-establish his business in France and continue to serve his market without paying import taxes. The new company Voneche-Baccarat focused on high quality lead crystal.
In 1822, D'Artigues sold the glassworks and the new owners set up the Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat (keeping Voneche as part of the name until 1843). It soon became and remains today, the foremost glassworks in France.
Baccarat is famous for its wonderful paperweights, its superb crystal glass tableware, for 19th century colored lead crystal glass and "opaline" ware, for beautiful decanters and bottles, and for superb lead crystal sculptures of animals and birds.