Superb Rare 1852 Antique Victorian Baccarat Four Ring Concentric Paperweight
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Superb Rare 1852 Antique Victorian Baccarat Four Ring Concentric Paperweight:
Baccarat Classical Period (1845-1860).
Here for yourconsideration is a stunning masterpiece. An extremely rare, circa 1852,antique Victorian, four ring, concentric interlaced, double overlay trefoils, Baccarat paperweight, set with a cinquefoil garland of red, white, blue and green canes against a crystal clear ground.
It features beautifullysymmetriccut canes, that are neatly placed into a pattern to form four tier flowerhead. Thecentre cane is a white whorl flower cane set with red and white stars, (a true Baccarattrademark cane). It also has cobalt blue and coral red filigree star and whorl canes abutting one another into a perfectly formed circular mosaic, again another indication that this paperweightwas made by Baccarat. The coloured canes have a real cloudy, moody look to them, a further indication of Baccarat and finally the quite typically distinctive baccarat glassprofile, that shows a curve that is somewhat flatter on the sides and doesn't return very far at the base.
This exquisite Baccarat paperweight is basically made up of four colours, cobalt blue, coral red, and muslin white and Irish green.
A stunning Baccarat paperweight that's in fabulous original condition, with no bruises, scratches or restoration to its dome. It has a polished concave base with some minute edge surface scratches, commensurate with age, but nothing unusual.
The La Compagnie des Cristalleries Baccarat is situated at Baccarat in Lorraine, and was founded in the year 1764. It became France's major glass-making company by the year 1822.
The evolution of glass paperweightsoccurred during the mid-19th centuryin France, transforming these everyday objects into desirable works of art. Inspired by Italian glass workers in Murano, French glass factories began to explore new techniques in the 1840s. Their experimental work produced striking decorative motifs, all encased in glass spheres that magnified the intricate detail of the pieces.
Gabriel d'Artigues, the owner and director of Baccarat, was a notable and gifted glass artisan. Under his guidance, the factory produced everything from lighting fixtures to inkwells and paperweights. Paperweights were, of course,their most famous products. Some of the finest antique paperweights can be traced back to the Baccarat factory. Baccarat became famous for making lead crystal paperweights based on the Italian millefiori pattern ('millefiori' can be loosely translated as 'a thousand flowers').
By 1846, Baccarat had perfected the design of millefiori paperweights, often incorporating silhouette canes and making perimeter borders of canes around a central flower, fruit, or animal design in the crystal paperweight. Canes were present in both floral, star, twist, spiral and mosaic shapes, but Baccarat also came up with the 'silhouette cane'. This referred to a silhouette of a person or an animal that appeared in the centre of the cane. Many paperweights had a combination of floral, star-shaped and silhouette canes. Silhouette canes came handy in outlining the central design of the paperweight, whether it was a flower or piece of fruit. Arrows and whorl were also another common cane design in the paperweights and came in many different colours. These are the main trademark patterns frequently found in Baccarat millefiori paperweights.
Like most Italian paperweights, close-knit concentric circles were made from the canes to form a plethora of designs in the Baccarat paperweights.Baccarat paperweights exist in magnum size, regular size, and miniature size. The regular sized paperweights are very rare !!
Dimensions as follows ....
Height: 1.75 inches or 4.4 cm
Diameter: 2.25 inches or 5.7 cm
Weight: 11.6 oz or 329 grams
If you put this magnificent paperweightup to the light, you can see through the canes and the cloudy effect is really quite spectacular.As you'reprobably already aware, antique Baccarat paperweightsare the most collectable and sought-after,so this is only going to continue to become ever more desirable and appreciate in value.
A truly exquisite paperweight that would make a superb gift.
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