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The paperweights on this page are all various Bohemian factories.  These factories were made in the glass making regions that are today in the border area between the Czech Republic and Poland.  There is documentation to suggest that some of these factories engaged in the manufacture of millefiori as early as 1833.  In the past, paperweight collectors identified paperweights from this region as simply Bohemian.  More correctly, the glassworks were located in Prussia, Austria, Poland, and the Czech Republic.   Paperweights of this type are becoming more in demand as collectors find out more about the various German and Bohemian factories.

For more information, you can read about paperweights from Germany and Bohemia in the book by von Brackel Paperweights: Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco - 1842 to today and in the book by Marek Kordasiewicz Glass Paperweights: The Heritage of the 19th Century Riesengebirge and Isergebirge Glassworks.For some great references on paperweights, check out my list of paperweight books for sale.

If you would like to purchase any of these paperweights, e-mail me at: aport@paperweights.com
 
 
4211 Unusual  Antique Magnum Bohemian Millefiori Paperweight (Possibly Egermann or Riesengebirge).  circa 1850 - 1914.  Unusual antique paperweight with a thick layer of unusual millefiori arranged in close concentric patterns floating above a red, white, and blue frit ground.  Some of the millefiori are arranged horizontal, other are vertical.  The pattern seems to be deliberate with alternating concentric circles.  The paperweight has eight flat facets cut at the same level above the base.  The base is beveled.  Heavy grayish glass.  This is definitely a rare item. 

None of the experts I consulted with could identify this paperweight, but one suggested the millefiori canes might be the work of Friedrich Egermann (1777-1864).  A similar (but finer) paperweight with twists (not slices) laying lengthwise over a similar red, white, and blue frit ground appears in the book Glass Paperweights: The Heritage of the 19th Century Riesengebirge and Isergebirge Glassworks by Marek Kordasiewicz (see page See Figure 126 on page 90).  Kordasiewicz attributes his paperweight to Riesengebirge.  The paperweight in the book has overall faceting in addition to the eight large side facets. It is exactly the same diameter as the paperweight listed here.  The faceting on this paperweight matches pattern 31 in the book Paperweights: Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco - 1842 to Today by Peter von Brackel.

Large Size:  3 1/2" diameter by 2 5/8" high.  Faceted with eight flat facets cut at the same level above the base.  The base is beveled.
Condition:  Very good condition for its age although with significant wear on the base.  There are also some small nicks and scratches.  No major damage found.  No cracks.  The glass is gray in color. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight, most likely from one of the regions in what used to be Czechoslovakia, possibly from Riesengebirge. 

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2038 Large Antique Czech / Bohemian Faceted Masaryk Picture Paperweight.   c.1900-1937.  Large faceted paperweight with a picture to Tomá Garrigue Masaryk, the first president of Czechoslovakia.  The picture is placed on a sulphide frame that rests on a multi-colored cushion of glass bits.  The frame has ornamental features on each side of the picture.  The name "T. G. Masaryk" is at the base under the picture, although the initials are obscured by a bubble at the base of the frame.  The paperweight has one large window facet and a fancy four part facet at the top.  The paperweight was made in Northern Bohemia during the period 1900 to 1930.  The glass is heavy crystal and weighs just over 26 ounces.  An important paperweight of historical significance. 

Masaryk was the president of Czechoslovakia from 1918 to 1935.  He died in 1937 at the age of 87.  The picture was taken earlier in his life.  Most likely this paperweight was produced during his presidency or possibly at the time of his death.  It is also possible that it was produced earlier in his life when he was a political activist advocating for the creation of an independent Czechoslovakia. 

Von Brackel discusses this style of paperweight in his book Paperweights - Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art DecoHe shows several examples on pages 102 to 195 with a range of values up to $480.  Unfortunately, the picture in this paperweight is flawed by a defect and bubble covering part of the face.  The price has been reduced to reflect this flaw. 

Large Size: Just over 3" diameter by 3 3/4" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Good to very good condition for its age.  There are scratches and some nicks on the large window facet, considerable wear on the base, and some nicks where the base meets the sides.  The paperweight displays very well.  The picture of Masaryk is marred by a defect and bubble in one corner of his face.
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is a vintage paperweight from the Bohemia / Czech region and it originates from approximately 1900-1937. 

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4539 Rare Antique Riedel Closepack Millefiori Paperweight on Green Mica Ground.   Circa 1870-1910.  Rare closepacked millefiori paperweight from the Riedel Glassworks in Bohemia.  The paperweight features a variety of millefiori canes.  The ground is a translucent green cushion interspersed with mica flakes.  A rare paperweight that would be a great addition to any collection of antique paperweights. 

A similar, although smaller, example sold for $720 in the LH Selman Fall 2013 auction. 

In 1756, Johann Cristoph Riedel founded a glass factory in Polaun, Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic).  The company continued to produce a variety of glass products up to about 1940.  After the war, the company was reinvented in Kufstein, Austria as a maker of high quality wine glasses.  Millefiori paperweights were made at Riedel during the management of Josef Riedel, who took ownership in 1849.  They produced a wide variety of millefiori weights including signed examples.  For more information on this factory, you can read the articles in the Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors Association (PCA) by Marek Kordasiewicz (2008 issue) and John Simmonds (2010 issue). 

Large Size:  Just over 2 3/4" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The bottom is ground flat. 
Condition:  Very good condition.  The dome is relatively problem free, but there are a few faint nicks and scratches the worst of which is 1/4" long.  There is also a scuffed area about 1/4" diameter on the side.  No cracks and no impact marks.  The base has age appropriate wear. 
Signature :  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is an antique paperweight from the Riedel factory. 

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Czech / Bohemian Faceted Trumpet Flower Paperweight.   c.1900-1930.  Trumpet flower paperweight with four blossoms.  There is one large center flower and three smaller ones under it.  There is a planned bubble in the center of each flower.  It is faceted with one row of nine facets around at the base.  The dome is left unfaceted in this example.   The flowers are pushed down to a green frit ground.  The glass is heavy crystal.

This style is also called an icepick flower because of the sharp tool used to push each flower down to the base.  In this case the tool is pushed through a multi-colored glass slice.  Some authors call these morning glory flowers. 

Von Brackel discusses this style in his book   He lists many variations on pages 106 to 149 with a wide range of values up to $300 and more.  On pages 278 & 279 he describes the process used to make a trumpet flower paperweight.  This style of faceting is called style 31 on page 267.

Size: 2 3/4" diameter by just under 2 3/4"" high.  The bottom is ground flat.
Condition:  Very good condition.  There are minor scratches or abrasions on the dome and two tiny pinpricks on the facets, but no significant chips or cracks or impact marks.
Signature:  Unsigned, by I guarantee that this is a vintage paperweight from the Bohemia / Czech region and it originates from approximately 1900-1930. 
Execution:  Execution is very good, but one flower gave off some debris when it was made.  See the detailed pictures for a closeup.  There are a few tiny bubbles in the glass.  The glass is clear, but takes a green hue from the ground.

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3860 Large Antique Czech / Bohemian Faceted Bride's Picture Paperweight.   c.1900-1930.  Large faceted paperweight with a bride's picture surrounded by pink loops and a ring of carefully placed bubbles.  The bride is wearing a white wedding dress and holding a bouquet of flowers.  The picture is placed on a sulphide frame that rests on a mostly red multi-colored cushion of glass bits.  There layers of red rings and loops surrounding the base wrapping around to the back.  The paperweight has a complex faceting with one large "picture window" plus 40 other facets.  An unusually complex design for a paperweight of this type.  The paperweight was made in Northern Bohemia during the period 1900 to 1930.  The glass is heavy crystal and weights 28 ounces. 

Von Brackel discusses this style in his book Paperweights - Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art DecoHe discusses several examples on pages 102 to 195 with a range of values up to $480. 

Large Size: Just over 3" diameter by 4" high.  The bottom is ground flat with a pontil scar in the center.
Condition:  Good to very good condition for its age.  There are scratches on some of the facets (including the large window facet) and some chips where the base meets the sides.  The base shows considerable wear and there is  rough pontil scar in the center.  The the paperweight displays very well. 
Signature:  Unsigned, by I guarantee that this is a vintage paperweight from the Bohemia / Czech region and it originates from approximately 1900-1930.

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2498 Antique Silesia Thuringia Bohemia Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with White Basket Ground.  Circa 1870 - 1910.  Colorful antique paperweight with a two row concentric millefiori design.  There are thirteen canes in the outer ring alternating between primarily white complex canes and larger red complex canes.  One cane is missing in the outer ring.  The inner ring contains eight millefiori canes alternating between yellow canes and red complex canes.  In the center is an unusual turquoise complex cane.  The pattern is arranged over a white spiral filigree cushion ground.  There are some wonderful complex canes in this paperweight.  An interesting example of a type of weight that is becoming more in demand as collectors learn more about the various Bohemian factories.  This is a relatively rare item. 

The maker of this paperweight is unknown, except that it is believed to originate in the region along the Czech - German border, hence the label Bohemian.  Most likely from Silesia or Thuringia.  The glass is very slightly gray and has some tiny bubbles. 

Similar examples can be found in the book by von Brackel, Paperweights: Historicism - Art Nouveau - Art Deco - 1842 to Today  See pages 90-95.

Miniature Size:  Just under 2" diameter by just over 1 1/4" high. 
Condition:  Poor to Fair condition for its age.  It has many nicks, chips, and scratches, but still displays nicely. 
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this is an antique paperweight from the regions described (Bohemia or Silesia or Thuringia).  The bottom is ground flat. 

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