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Baccarat was founded in 1776 in Alsace-Lorraine with the name of Verrerie de Sainte Anne.  The original location was near the town of Baccarat.  Today the firm is known as Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.  Most collectors refer to three periods of Baccarat paperweight production. This classification is definitely an over simplification.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).   Baccarat continued to make paperweights after the classic period, but little is known about the extent of the product line or who made the paperweights.  What is known is that by 1910, the offering in the catalog had dwindled to pansy paperweights, simple open concentric paperweights, and rock paperweights.

Popular lore attributes 1920-1934 Baccarat paperweights to a Mr. Dupont, who supposedly was the last worker at Baccarat to know the secrets of paperweight making.  These paperweights were sold at a Baccarat retail shop in Paris.  No collector or scholar ever met Mr. Dupont although at least one visited the Baccarat factory and asked to meet with him.  The weights stopped appearing in the shop in 1934.

New research of the Baccarat archives has identified the actual makers during the Dupont period as Joseph Boyé (1877-1948) and Louis Idoux (1882-1941).  Boyé is recorded as the maker of millefiori canes and millefiori paperweights during this period (1920-1934).  Very little is known about Mr. Boyé, but there is enough similarity in the millefiori canes to suggest that he had access to the original molds or some of the original millefiori canes from the classic period.  He later trained another glassworker, Georges Brocard, to make open concentric paperweights in 1946.  Armed with this knowledge, Brocard was influential in the revival of paperweight making at Baccarat in the 1950s.  Louis Idoux is recorded as making the Baccarat pansy paperweights during the 1920-1934 period.

In 1953 Baccarat resumed paperweight production with a series of sulphide paperweights the first of which were the unsuccessful Eisenhower sulphide followed by the Queen Elizabeth coronation sulphide.  Millefiori paperweight production was resumed in 1957 and lampwork paperweights were re-introduced in the early 1970s.

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the books:

If you are interested in purchasing any of these paperweights, e-mail me at: aport@paperweights.com
 
2591
Antique Baccarat Faceted Four Row Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   Probably Circa 1845-1860.  Colorful red, white, and blue faceted concentric millefiori paperweight with four rows of complex millefiori canes around a central cane over a clear ground.  The outer ring has the classic Baccarat blue and white alternating canes.  The second ring from the center consists of complex stardust canes with a Baccarat star cane in the center of each. This paperweight has six concave side facets and a flat top facet. 

Large Size:  Just over 2 5/8" diameter by just over 1 3/4" high.  Bottom is ground concave. There are six side facets and one top facet.  There is good height to this paperweight
Condition: Very good to excellent condition.  I found some minor faint scratches on the top facet, but no other significant scratching.  No chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France.  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is an authentic Baccarat paperweight, probably from the classic period 1845-1860. 
Execution:  Excellent execution.  The design is well centered with no tipped canes.  There are a few tiny bubbles in the glass.

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$545 postage paid in the US.

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4200 Large Antique Baccarat Double Trefoil Millefiori Paperweight.   Circa 1920-1934.  Colorful double trefoil millefiori paperweight with a clear ground.  The trefoils are constructed with blue and red complex canes in the center hexagon shaped portion and outer loops of contrasting pink and blue canes.  This is a unique setup not found in classic period paperweights from Baccarat.  There is a complex millefiori cane in the center of each loop and a circle of complex millefiori canes in the center of the design with a single blue cane in the center.  As is typical of millefiori from this period, the canes are very miniaturized and some are poorly executed.  Most likely made by Joseph Boyé (1877-1948).   An interesting example. 

This was a difficult paperweight to photograph, but I did the best that I could.  The pink canes don't show a lot of detail  and there is some distortion in the glass. 

Large Size:  Just over 2 7/8" diameter by 2 1/8" high.   The bottom is ground concave.  Unusually high dome with the original Baccarat profile.
Condition: Very good condition, although it does have one tiny circular impact mark (about 1/16" across).  Other than that, I found no cracks, chips or significant scratches. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made by Baccarat during the 1920-1934 period. 
Execution:  The glass in this paperweight has some dirt or debris as shown in the pictures.  There is a bit of distortion in the due to a dimple at the top of the dome.  The high dome has a lot of extra glass and this paperweight would probably benefit from a professional polishing.  Finally, the center cane is distorted and the pink canes lack definition.  Priced accordingly. 

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$475 postage paid in the US. 

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2649
Magnum Baccarat Limited Edition Orange Campanule (Bellflower) Paperweight.   circa 1983.  This is a spectacular orange-pink bellflower paperweight with three flowers and a bud plus six leaves and a stem.  The bellflowers are orange-pink with deep ribbing.  The design is placed over a transparent amethyst ground.  It is signed in the design with a millefiori signature cane "B 1983" and also signed on the bottom with the Baccarat logo.  Perfect execution and perfect condition. 

This paperweight is the exact paperweight shown in the book Baccarat Paperweights - Two Centuries of Beauty by Paul Dunlop.  It is shown on page 196.  Baccarat calls this paperweight "Campanule rosesur fond améthyste" or "Pink bellflowers on an amethyst ground",  but the actual color is more of an orange - pink.  The pictures do not do justice to this paperweight as the dark amethyst ground made it difficult to get a good color balance. 

Baccarat started making lampwork paperweights in the early 1970s, following the introduction of  modern sulphide paperweights in 1953 and modern millefiori paperweights in 1958. 

This design was produced only in 1983 in a limited edition of 175 paperweights.  This is number 74 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1983" shown in the pictures.  The bottom has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1983), the number (74) and the size of the series (175). 

Some sellers on eBay sell this for the full retail price of $1,573, but my price is much lower. 

Magnum Size: 3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/3" high.  Bottom is ground slightly concave. Made by Baccarat in France in 1983.
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1983.  Signed in cane and on the bottom. 
Condition: Outstanding condition with no cracks or chips or scratches.  It is in perfect original condition. 
Execution:  Perfect execution. 

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$695 postage paid in the US. 

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2642 Large Faceted Baccarat Limited Edition Fruit Basket Paperweight.   Circa 1976.  Classical design with a lampwork basket of fruit over an opaque white milk glass ground.  The basket is filled with luscious strawberries with leaves attached.  It is signed with a Baccarat signature cane "B 1976" and also signed again on the bottom with the Baccarat logo.  The paperweight is faceted with a large convex top facet and six smaller convex side facets.  Perfect execution.

This is a difficult to find older Baccarat paperweight.  The design was produced only in 1976 in a limited edition of 300 paperweights.  This is number 13 in that series.  There is a signature cane B 1976 shown in the pictures.  The bottom has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1976), the number (13) and the size of the series (300).  It is unusual to find a Baccarat paperweight with a white opaque ground as they produced very few designs with this choice of ground.  It works perfectly as a contrast to the delicate fruit basket. 

Large Size: Just over 3" diameter by just over 1 7/8" high.  The bottom is ground flat.  Faceted with a large top facet and six side facets. All the facets are convex.
Condition: Excellent condition with no cracks or chips.  With the exception of a couple of scratches on the base, it is in perfect original condition.
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1976.  Signed in cane and on the bottom. 
Execution:  Perfect execution. 

Baccarat currently suggests a retail price of $3,542 for this paperweight, but my price is much lower.

Baccarat started making lampwork paperweights in the early 1970s, following the introduction of  modern sulphide paperweights in 1953 and modern millefiori paperweights in 1958.

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$675 postage paid in the US.

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2636 Magnum 1975 Baccarat Limited Edition Grapes Paperweight. Circa 1975.  Classical design with a lampwork cluster of dark purple grapes with leaves and tendrils over an opaque white milk glass ground.  It is signed with a Baccarat signature cane "B 1975" and also signed again on the bottom with the Baccarat logo.  Perfect execution.  A magnificent paperweight.

This is a hard to find Baccarat paperweight.   The design was produced only in 1975 in a limited edition of 260 paperweights.  This is number 178 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1975" shown in the pictures.  The bottom has the Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1975), the number (178) and the size of the series (260).  It is unusual to find a Baccarat paperweight with a white opaque ground as they produced very few designs with this choice of ground.  It works perfectly with the dark purple grape cluster. 

Baccarat currently suggests a retail price of $2,461 for this paperweight, but my price is much lower. 

Very Large Size: 3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition: Excellent condition with no cracks or chips or scratches.  It is in perfect original condition.
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1975.  Signed in cane and on the bottom. 
Execution:  Perfect execution. 

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links:

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$695 postage paid in the US.

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2651
Magnum Baccarat Limited Edition Yellow Campanule (Bellflower) Paperweight.   Circa 1983.  This is a spectacular yellow bellflower paperweight with three flowers and a bud plus six leaves and a stem.  The bellflowers are a rich yellow with deep ribbing.  The design is placed over a transparent blue ground.  It is signed in the design with a millefiori signature cane "B 1983" and also signed on the bottom with the Baccarat logo.  Perfect execution and perfect condition.

Baccarat started making lampwork paperweights in the early 1970s, following the introduction of  modern sulphide paperweights in 1953 and modern millefiori paperweights in 1958.

This design was produced only in 1983 in a limited edition of 175 paperweights.  This is number 32 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1983" shown in the pictures.  The bottom has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1983), the number (32) and the size of the series (175).

Some sellers on eBay sell this for the full retail price of $1,573, but my price is much lower. 

Magnum Size: 3 1/8" diameter by just under 2 3/8" high.  Bottom is ground slightly concave. Made by Baccarat in France in 1983.
Condition: Outstanding condition with no cracks or chips or scratches.  It is in perfect original condition. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1983.  Signed in cane and on the bottom. 
Execution:  Perfect execution. 

For extra pictures, click on the picture at the right and the following links:

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$695 postage paid in the US.   This one is sold but I have another of this design in stock, same colors.  Inquire for pictures.

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2593 Antique Baccarat Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   Circa 1880 -1934.  Colorful concentric millefiori paperweight with a clear ground.  There are four rings of complex millefiori canes around a complex center cane.  The outer ring alternates between pink and blue canes.  The three inner rings are green, red, and white.  As is typical of millefiori from this period, the canes are very complex and miniaturized.  A wonderful example. 

This open concentric paperweight may date from that earlier pre-1920 period or it may be from the Dupont period. 

Size:  Just under 2 1/2" diameter by 1 11/16" high.   The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition: Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches.  This weight has been professionally restored. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made by Baccarat during the post classic period (after 1860). 
Execution:  Very good.  The design is placed slightly off center. 

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$395  $495 postage paid in the US.          Price reduced 

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2639 Large Baccarat 1975 Limited Edition Sea Horse Paperweight.   Circa 1975.  This is a limited edition Baccarat Sea Horse Paperweight from 1975.  This paperweight has a wonderful green and yellow lampwork sea horse in the ocean depths wrapping its tail around an underwater plant.  There are green, red and white colored rocks scattered along the bottom.   The ground is a translucent turquoise color with bubbles added for an underwater life scene effect.  It is signed in the design with a millefiori signature cane "B 1975" and also signed on the bottom with the Baccarat logo.  Perfect execution and perfect condition.

This is a hard to find Baccarat paperweight.   This design was produced only in 1975 in a limited edition of 260 paperweights.  This is number 70 in that series.  There is a signature cane B 1975 shown in the pictures.  The bottom has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1975), the number (70) and the size of the series (260).

Baccarat started making lampwork paperweights in the early 1970s, following the introduction of  modern sulphide paperweights in 1953 and modern millefiori paperweights in 1958.

Large Size: Just over 3" diameter by 2 1/8" high.  Bottom is ground slightly concave. Made by Baccarat in France in 1975.
Condition: Outstanding condition with no cracks or chips or scratches.  It is in perfect original condition. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1975.  Signed in cane and on the bottom. 
Execution:  Perfect execution. 

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Some sellers on eBay sell this for the full retail price of $2,563, but my price is much lower. 

SOLD.   I have another for sale.  Contact me if interested.

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