Produced by Baccarat, this wonderful paperweight has a sulphide inclusion depicting James Monroe (1758-1831), fifth President and Founding Father of the United States.
This faceted paperweight sits on a deep red-orange base. The highly detailed cameo was designed by famous French sculptor Gilbert Poillerat.
The item was produced by Baccarat in a limited edition of 2500 in 1970.
Dimensions: Approximately 7 cm (2 ½ in) diameter.
Signature: "Baccarat France" logo stamped on the base with the sulphide marked "GP 1955".
Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks, or repairs. The item comes with its original box and paperwork.
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.