Rare Antique Paperweight Glass Beads By Pietro Bigaglia, C. 1845
This item has been shown times.
Rare Antique Paperweight Glass Beads By Pietro Bigaglia, C. 1845:
Extremely rare and excellent condition! Offered here are two paperweight technique glass BEADS by PIETRO BIGAGLIA, C. 1845. Each bead is approx. 1/2" in diameter and is created with a scrambled millefiori layer over an opaque white center, each with a center hole. Each bead contains silhouette canes, but neither is not signe, but can be identified by the millefiori. They originally came from a necklace that was signed and dated. They are offered in a pair and would would make stunning earrings for a bead collector or a paperweight collector or for a jewelry artist wishing to incorporate something rare in a unique piece of jewelry. Of museum quality. The flower millefiori and the star cane are in one bead and the gondola and Rialto Bridge are in the other. There is gold adventurine within the scramble.
I am listing below various websites where Bigaglia pieces are feature for your comparison.
Gondola from other websites:
Flower cane from other websites:
(scroll down just a bit)
Bridge cane from other websites:
(see lot 58, lower right on the image)
Same colors and adventurine as in:Please email me if you have any questions. Payment by Paypal within 5 days from close of sale. Buyer pays shipping and insurance. Email me your address at close of sale and I will calculate the final price.On Jun-14-13 at 13:17:40 PDT, seller added the following information:
These were originally part of a 20 -30 bead strand which I no longer have, having sold it. I have had these beads for over 30 years. I do not disclose the reserve. I have added an additional photo.