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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 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  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.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

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
 
3548 Baccarat 1981 Five Row Close Concentric Millefiori Mushroom Paperweight with Blue and White Double Overlay.  dated 1981.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a wonderful five row concentric millefiori design with design pulled down to the base to form a slender stem, completing the mushroom form.  There is a larger complex cane in the center of the design.  The blue outer (fifth) row is visible only from the side.  The design is placed over clear crystal and finished with a blue and white double overlay.  It is signed with a Baccarat's complex "B1981" signature / date cane in the fourth row.  This paperweight is also signed on the base with an acid etched Baccarat mark along with the engraved year (1981) and edition number (23).  The blue over white overlay is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.  A fantastic paperweight.

Note:  A mushroom paperweight is one that contains an upright, mushroom shaped tuft of millefiori canes.  Below the tuft at the top, the canes are pulled down to form a stem.  Typically the top is either a closepacked design or a close concentric design.  Sometimes, especially with antique paperweights, a torsade is added surrounding the stem of the mushroom.  Millefiori mushroom paperweights like this are among the most difficult paperweights to make.  Add the double overlay and you have an extremely challenging and desirable paperweight.

Note2:  After extensive research in the Baccarat archives, Paul Dunlop concluded that popular designs like this were numbered editions, but not limited editions.  Baccarat made them in more than one year as sales demanded and numbered the production sequentially.  I am not entirely in agreement, but I am content to adopt Dunlop's terminology and refer to this as a numbered 1981 edition.  I believe Baccarat intended to limit production of challenging designs like this double overlay mushroom.  The records, if any, remain to be found.

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.
  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
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.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  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.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.  You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Large Size:  2 7/8" diameter by just under 2 1/8" high.  The base is polished flat.  It is finished with a blue over white double overlay and faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1981" in the design.  It also hasan acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the engraved year (1981) and edition number (23). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.   

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

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Closeup
Top view
Baccarat logo, date, and edition number on base
Signature cane "B 1981"
Side view
Base
Another side view
$595 postage paid in the US.

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Baccarat 1981 Five Row Close Concentric Millefiori Mushroom Paperweight with Blue and White Double Overlay
3506 Antique Baccarat Miniature Single Clematis with Millefiori Garland Paperweight.  circa 1845-1860.  Antique Baccarat miniature red/orange single clematis with six ribbed petals, five leaves, and a stem.  The center of the flower is a complex millefiori cane with two rings of white star shaped canes arranged around a red bulls-eye cane.  The clematis is surrounded by an outer garland of alternating ten white and ten blue and white complex millefiori canes.  The white canes in the garland match the cane at the center of the clematis flower.  The blue and white canes have a ring of arrowhead canes around a Baccarat star cane.  The design is placed over a clear ground and finished with a Baccarat star cut on the base.  The paperweight is unsigned but I guarantee that this is a genuine Baccarat millefiori paperweight from the classic period 1845-1860.  A unique addition to any collection of miniature paperweights.  Great color. 

Note:  The flower is noticeably off-center in this paperweight. 

Note on white glare:  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the lights.

According to Paul Dunlop in Baccarat Paperweights: two centuries of beauty, the single clematis is much rarer than the double clematis.

Miniature Size:  1 15/16" diameter by just under 1 7/16" high.  The bottom is ground slightly concave and is finished with a Baccarat star.    
Condition:  Excellent condition.  There is a slight amount of wear on the base, but no other scratches, chips, or cracks were found on inspection.  The flower is off-center.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this is a genuine Baccarat millefiori paperweight from the classic period 1845-1860.

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Closeup view
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Star cut on base
Side view
$1,750 postage paid in the US.                         US sales only for this paperweight.      

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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. 
  • 1845-1860 - Classic period 
  • 1900-1934 - Dupont period 
  • 1953 - on - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification as it is likely that Baccarat made some paperweights on and off through most of 19th century.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).  Pansy weights and rock weights continued in production until much later.  Some paperweights are identified as Dupont period and were made at the end of the 19th Century or early in the 20th century. 

Baccarat continued to make paperweights after the classic period (1845-1860), but little is known about the extent of the product line or who made the paperweights.  It is known 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 maker as Joseph Boyé (1877-1948).  He 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.  Another glassworker, Louis Idoux (1882-1941), is recorded as making the Baccarat pansy paperweights during the 1920-1934 period. 

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

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Antique Baccarat Miniature Single Clematis with Millefiori Garland Paperweight
3547 Baccarat 1987 Special Edition Double Trefoil Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1987.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a double trefoil design with a concentric pattern in the center.  It has two interlaced three lobe garlands of amber and burgundy.  The concentric design has green and amber circles.  The design is placed on a pale yellow lace ground.  This was one of the special paperweights featured in Baccarat's 1987 annual brochure.  It was made in this color arrangement only in 1987.  It is signed with a Baccarat's complex "B 1987" signature / date cane in the design.  This paperweight is also signed on the base with an acid etched Baccarat mark along with the engraved year (1987) and edition number (64).  A fantastic paperweight.

Note:  After extensive research in the Baccarat archives, Paul Dunlop concluded that from 1986 to 1989, Baccarat made special editions of four designs using a different color scheme each year.  For example, the double trefoil was made in each of the four years, but with a different color scheme each year.  These designs were featured in the annual brochure for each year and were numbered sequentially.  Although the edition size was not known he estimated that about 200 of each design were made.

Large Size:  Just under 3 3/16" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The base is polished flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1987" in the design.  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the engraved year (1987) and edition number (64). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  With the exception of light wear on the base, no cracks, chips, or scratches were found on inspection.   

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

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Signature cane "B 1987"
Baccarat logo, date, and edition number on base
Closeup
Profile
Side view
Base
$465 postage paid in the US.                                                         Added 4/22/2022.

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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.

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
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.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  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.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.  You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

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Baccarat 1987 Special Edition Double Trefoil Millefiori Paperweight
5373 Baccarat 1972 Gridel Series Squirrel Concentric Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1972.  This modern close concentric millefiori paperweight features a large white squirrel silhouette on a black background in the center surrounded by five rings of millefiori canes.  One ring contains all eighteen Gridel figures.  The white ground is a made up of latticinio twists.  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's signature cane "B 1972" in the fourth ring from the center.  It also has two copies of the acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the year (1972) and edition number (336).  A beautiful paperweight with warm colors.

Note on condition:  The dome of this paperweight is in excellent condition.  I found only one tiny pinprick on the side right next to the base.  However the base has more than a normal amount of wear / scratches.  This wear is confined to the base.

This design was released in 1971 and continued into 1972 in a limited edition of 1,200 pieces.  This is number 336 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1972" shown in the pictures.  The base has two copies of the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1972) and the edition number (336). 

In 1846 Baccarat introduced the popular Gridel figures in their closepack millefiori paperweights.  It was named after Emil Gridel, the nephew of Jean-Baptiste Toussaint the general manager of Baccarat.  Toussaint saw Gridel making paper cutouts of animals and saw an opportunity to incorporate these silhouettes in millefiori paperweights.   From 1971 to 1979 Baccarat issued a modern Gridel series of millefiori paperweights based on eighteen Gridel figures.  Each paperweight has a large Gridel figure in the center with smaller versions of the other seventeen Gridel figures included in the design.  Some designs include all eighteen Gridel canes in smaller canes.  There are variations in orientation and color as well as the types of canes in each design and it is possible to amass a very large collection covering just this series.  

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.

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
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.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  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.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.  You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Very large size:  Just under 3 1/8" diameter by just over 2 1/8" high.    The base is polished flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1972" in the design.  It also has two acid etched Baccarat marks on the base along with the the year (1972) and edition number (336). 
Condition:   The dome of this paperweight is in excellent condition.  I found only one tiny pinprick on the side right next to the base.  However the base has more than a normal amount of wear / scratches.  This wear is confined to the base.

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

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Closeup
Profile
Base
Signature on base - Baccarat logo plus edition number (336) and year (with scratches)
Wide view showing both Baccarat logos, one with engraved edition number and year
Signature cane "B 1972"
Side view
$395 postage paid in the US.

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Baccarat 1972 Gridel Series Squirrel Concentric Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight
5200 Rare Baccarat 1952-1953 Experimental or Prototype Dwight Eisenhower Sulphide Paperweight.   This modern sulphide paperweight features a three dimensional figure of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  The sulphide was made directly from a campaign medal.  The Eisenhower sulphide was the first modern sulphide paperweight made by Baccarat and was considered experimental.  It preceded the larger editions produced later.  After much experimentation, Baccarat produced an edition of 153 of these paperweights, of which 103 were on a blue ground and 50 were on a clear ground.  An unknown number of those on a clear ground were finished with a diamond-cut base.  This example has a clear ground.  The sulphide is a bit cruder than others I have seen, indicating to me that this may be a prototype made to demonstrate feasibility.  The glass is heavy crystal typical of Baccarat paperweights, but it is unsigned.   

Note:  Please ignore the white areas, they are glare from the light.

Sulphides are cast objects (animals, flowers, people) made of a ceramic material that has properties similar to the surrounding glass.  They are normally white, but are also sometimes colored or even painted.  The objects are cast in a mold that copied or made directly from a medallion, coin or sculpture.  The finest French sulphides are cast in a mold made by a skilled artist.  Sometimes a sulphide will have a silvery appearance due to a thin layer of trapped bubbles between the glass and the sulphide itself. 

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.

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
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.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  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.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Large Size:  Just under 2 7/8" diameter by 1 7/8" high.    The base is slightly convex. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this is an original Baccarat product or prototype.     
Condition:   Excellent condition.  The paperweight has some minor wear on the edge of the base, but no chips, cracks, or scratches were found on inspection.  There are some striations in the glass which are not damage but were flaws from when it was made.   

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SOLD.  

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Rare Baccarat 1952-1953 Experimental or Prototype Dwight Eisenhower Sulphide Paperweight
3065 Antique Baccarat Dupont Period Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1900-1932.  This is a very nice example of a Dupont period paperweight from Baccarat.  The middle (red) ring has great Baccarat star and arrow canes.  The inner ring has nice white stardust canes with blue whorls in the center.  There is a slight chance that this is from the classic period, but the outer ring is less distinct which is why I think it is Dupont.  The design is off center.  A very nice example.

Miniature Size:  Just under 2 1/16” diameter by 1 1/2” high.  Base is slightly concave.    
Condition:  Very good condition.  There is one tiny pinprick on top and some faint scratches.  Wear on the base. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this paperweight was made by Baccarat in France, most likely during the Dupont period 1900-1932.

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.

  •     1845-1860 - Classic period
  •     1900-1934 - Dupont period
  •     1953 - on - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification as it is likely that Baccarat made some paperweights on and off through most of 19th century.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).  Pansy weights and rock weights continued in production until much later.  Some paperweights are identified as Dupont period and were made at the end of the 19th Century or early in the 20th century.

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

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Close-up picture
Profile view
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Base
$295 postage paid in the US.  

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Antique Baccarat Dupont Period Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
5512 Baccarat 1975 Gridel Series Millefiori Black Monkey Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1975.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a large central black monkey silhouette on a white background surrounded by two concentric rings of picture canes (seventeen Gridel canes plus a signature / date cane).  The design is placed over a green carpet ground.  The paperweight is signed in the design with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1975".  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the year (1975) and edition number (262).  This is the most popular of the Gridel series paperweight.

This design was released in 1975 in a limited edition of 350 pieces.  This is number 262 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) and the number (262). 

In 1846 Baccarat introduced the popular Gridel figures in their closepack millefiori paperweights.  It was named after Emil Gridel, the nephew of Jean-Baptiste Toussaint the general manager of Baccarat.  Toussaint saw Gridel making paper cutouts of animals and saw an opportunity to incorporate these silhouettes in millefiori paperweights.   From 1971 to 1979 Baccarat issued a modern Gridel series of millefiori paperweights based on eighteen Gridel figures.  Each paperweight has a large Gridel figure in the center with smaller versions of the other figures included in the design.  There are variations in orientation and color as well as the types of canes in each design and it is possible to amass a very large collection covering just this series.

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.

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
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.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  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.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.  You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by just under 2 1/4" high.    The base is polished flat with an indent for the edition number.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1975" in the design.  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the the year (1975) and edition number (262). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  There are some light scratches on the base, but no other chips, cracks, or scratches were found on inspection.

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

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Signature cane "B 1975"
Baccarat Logo, date, and edition number on base
Side view
Closeup
Another closeup
Profile
Base
$695 postage paid in the US.

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Baccarat 1975 Gridel Series Millefiori Black Monkey Limited Edition Paperweight
2637 Magnum 1975 Baccarat Limited Edition Grapes Paperweight.  dated 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.  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 164 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 (164) 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: Just over 3 1/16" diameter by 2 3/16" 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. 

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. 

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period 
  • 1900-1934 - Dupont period 
  • 1953 - on - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification as it is likely that Baccarat made some paperweights on and off through most of 19th century.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).  Pansy weights and rock weights continued in production until much later.  Some paperweights are identified as Dupont period and were made at the end of the 19th Century or early in the 20th century. 

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

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Baccarat 1974 Gridel Series Millefiori Pelican Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1974.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a large central black Gridel pelican silhouette on a white background with a dark blue surround.  The pelican cane is set in the center of a concentric design with five rings of millefiori canes.  The rings are light blue, yellow, a ring of  all 18 Gridel canes, a red ring, and another yellow ring on the outside.  There is a lace ground underneath the design.  Baccarat's complex signature / date cane "B 1974" is in the red ring.  The pelican appears twice, once in the center and a smaller one at 5 o'clock.  This design was released in 1974 in a limited edition of 350 pieces.  This is number 286 in that edition.  This paperweight is also signed on the base with two acid etched Baccarat marks along with the year (1974) and edition number (286).  A fantastic paperweight.

According to the literature, this design was released in 1974 in a limited edition of 240 pieces.  However, this example is numbered 286, which needs some explanation.  I believe that Baccarat decided to increase the edition size after the 1974 production started.  They probably increased it to 350 which matches the size of the 1973 designs and also all later years (1975 and later).  The only other explanation is that they mixed several designs when numbering the paperweights.  This seems unlikely since early copies of the pelican in that year had the engraved edition size (e.g., 189/240) on the base and only the higher numbers had a single number.  Or they just messed up.  Take your choice.  The same numbering discrepancy occurred with the swan issued in 1974.  As far as I know, no other Gridel weights have this discrepancy.

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.
  •     1845-1860 - Classic period
  •     1900-1934 - Dupont period
  •     1953 - on - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification as it is likely that Baccarat made some paperweights on and off through most of 19th century.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).  Pansy weights and rock weights continued in production until much later.  Some paperweights are identified as Dupont period and were made at the end of the 19th Century or early in the 20th century.

Baccarat started making modern millefiori paperweights in 1957.  According to Paul Dunlop ( Baccarat Paperweights:  Two Centuries of Beauty ), Baccarat started making the modern spaced millefiori paperweights on muslin or lace in 1958 and continued making undated examples until the limited editions were started in 1970.  The exception is 1964 when special versions were produced for Baccarat's 200th anniversary.

In 1846 Baccarat introduced the popular Gridel figures in their closepack millefiori paperweights.  It was named after Emil Gridel, the nephew of Jean-Baptiste Toussaint the general manager of Baccarat.  Toussaint saw Gridel making paper cutouts of animals and saw an opportunity to incorporate these silhouettes in millefiori paperweights.   From 1971 to 1979 Baccarat issued a modern Gridel series of millefiori paperweights based on eighteen Gridel figures.  Each paperweight has a large Gridel figure in the center with smaller versions of the other figures included in the design.  There are variations in orientation and color as well as the types of canes in each design and it is possible to amass a very large collection covering just this series.

Large size:  Just over 3 1/16" diameter by just over 2 1/8" high.    The base is ground flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1974" in the design.  It also has two acid etched Baccarat marks on the base along with the year (1974) and edition number (286). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection. 

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Baccarat 1974 Gridel Series Millefiori Pelican Limited Edition Paperweight
5210 Large Baccarat 1977 Limited Edition Escargot (Snail) Paperweight.   dated 1977.  This is a limited edition Baccarat Escargot or Snail Paperweight from 1977.  The paperweight has a wonderful brown and beige lampwork snail slowly navigating a path among three large flowers and four small rocks on an opaque dark green glittery ground.   It is signed in the design with a Baccarat signature cane "B 1977".  It is also signed on the base with an acid etched Baccarat logo and is engraved with the year (1977), the number (23) and the size of the series (300).  Perfect execution and perfect condition.

This is a hard to find Baccarat paperweight.  This design was produced only in 1977 in a limited edition of 300 paperweights.  This is number 23 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1977" in the design.  The base has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1977), the number (23) and the size of the edition (300).

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.

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
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.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  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.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.  You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Large Size:  Just over 3" diameter by just under 2 1/4" high.  Bottom is ground slightly concave. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no cracks or chips or scratches.  It is in perfect original condition. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1977.  Signed in the design with a "B 1977" signature cane and on the base with the etched Baccarat mark, edition number, edition size, and year. 

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Large Baccarat 1977 Limited Edition Escargot (Snail) Paperweight
4245 Antique Baccarat Miniature Spaced Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Four Gridel Canes on a Lace Ground.  circa 1847-1860.  Antique Baccarat spaced concentric millefiori paperweight with seven complex millefiori canes, including four Gridel figures, the butterfly, dog, goat, and deer.  There are also two arrowhead canes and a multicolored complex cane.  Six canes are arranged in a circle around a great center cane.  The design is placed on a white lace ground with bits of colored filigree.  This perfectly balanced miniature paperweight will be a wonderful to any collection antique paperweights. 

According to Paul Dunlop in the Dictionary of Glass Paperweights, the first Gridel cane to appear was the lovebirds cane, which appeared in some 1846 paperweights.  The others appeared in 1847 or later.

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. 

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period 
  • 1900-1934 - Dupont period 
  • 1953 - on - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification as it is likely that Baccarat made some paperweights on and off through most of 19th century.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).  Pansy weights and rock weights continued in production until much later.  Some paperweights are identified as Dupont period and were made at the end of the 19th Century or early in the 20th century. 

Baccarat continued to make paperweights after the classic period (1845-1860), but little is known about the extent of the product line or who made the paperweights.  It is known 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 maker as Joseph Boyé (1877-1948).  He 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.  Another glassworker, Louis Idoux (1882-1941), is recorded as making the Baccarat pansy paperweights during the 1920-1934 period. 

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Miniature Size:  Just under 2" diameter by 1 3/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave..
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no scratches, cracks, or chips.  There is minor wear on the base.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.    
Signature:  Unsigned, but I guarantee this to be a Baccarat antique paperweight from the period 1847-1860.

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$1,250 postage paid in the US.                         US sales only for this paperweight. 

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Antique Baccarat Miniature Spaced Concentric Millefiori Paperweight with Four Gridel Canes on a Lace Ground
2958 Antique Baccarat Roundels or Circlets Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1845-1860.  Antique Baccarat millefiori paperweight with a red, white, and blue garland pattern consisting of seven circles of millefiori canes, each with a single complex cane in the center.  Six of the roundels are arranged in a a circle around the center roundel.  The design is placed over a clear ground.  The paperweight is unsigned but has several unique Baccarat canes and I guarantee that this is a genuine Baccarat millefiori paperweight from the classic period 1845-1860.  A desirable addition to any collection of antique paperweights.  Great color. 

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.
  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
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.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  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.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.  You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Size:  2 5/8" diameter by 1 3/4" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches.  This paperweight has been professionally restored. 
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this is a genuine Baccarat millefiori paperweight from the classic period 1845-1860.

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Antique Baccarat Roundels or Circlets Millefiori Paperweight
3066 Large Antique Baccarat Macédoine (Scramble) Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1845-1860.  This paperweight is made up of multi-colored striped millefiori segments arranged at (mostly) right angles.  This is a antique paperweight made during the classic period of paperweight making (1845-1860).  A great example of this unique style of antique Baccarat paperweight.  Great color.

The Macédoine is a uniquely Baccarat style in which the short sections of latticinio (twists, filigree, lace) are arranged in a quilt-like pattern with many of the sections at right angles to each other.  Usually there are no millefiori present.   This pattern was originally made during the classic period of French paperweights (1845-1860).  A modern version was produced in the 1960s and is similar to but different from the antique version. 

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. 

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period 
  • 1900-1934 - Dupont period 
  • 1953 - on - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification as it is likely that Baccarat made some paperweights on and off through most of 19th century.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).  Pansy weights and rock weights continued in production until much later.  Some paperweights are identified as Dupont period and were made at the end of the 19th Century or early in the 20th century. 

Baccarat continued to make paperweights after the classic period (1845-1860), but little is known about the extent of the product line or who made the paperweights.  It is known 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 maker as Joseph Boyé (1877-1948).  He 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.  Another glassworker, Louis Idoux (1882-1941), is recorded as making the Baccarat pansy paperweights during the 1920-1934 period. 

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights and the Dupont connection in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Large Size:  Just over 2 7/8" diameter by 2" high.   The bottom is ground concave. 
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.  Some wear was left on the base by the restorer.   
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this is an antique Baccarat paperweight dating from the classic period (1845-1860).  

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Large Antique Baccarat Macédoine (Scramble) Millefiori Paperweight
5127 Antique Baccarat Type III Pansy Paperweight with Star Cut Base.   circa 1900-1920.  Baccarat Pansy paperweight with leaves and stem.  The base is finished with a Baccarat star cut.  It is probably from Baccarat's Dupont period.  This style of pansy is called a type III pansy.  It consists of two large velvet purple petals above over three lower petals.  The lower petals are amber yellow over a white base which can be seen from the back.  Each lower petal has a purple tip and three dark lines radiating from the central cane consisting of star canes with a red whorl center.  A wonderful paperweight in great shape.

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.

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
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.

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Size:  Just over 2 1/4" diameter by 1 1/2" high.  The bottom is ground slightly concave and finished with a Baccarat star cut base.
Condition: Excellent condition.  This paperweight has been professionally restored.  There are no chips, cracks, or scratches.  Minor wear remains on the base. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France.  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is an antique Baccarat paperweight, probably from the Dupont period. 

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$495 postage paid in the US. 

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Antique Baccarat Type III Pansy Paperweight with Star Cut Base
4524 Baccarat 1978 Gridel Series Dog Patterned Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1978.  This modern patterned millefiori paperweight features a large black dog silhouette on a white background in the center.  It is surrounded by a ring of white millefiori canes.  The center design is further surrounded by four panels of millefiori canes.  There is an outer ring with 28 millefiori including the remaining seventeen Gridel figures, Baccarat's "B 1978" signature / date cane, and eight canes that divide the panels.  The dog Gridel does not appear in the outer ring, only in the center of the design.  The design is set on an opaque very dark purple ground.  In addition to the Baccarat signature / date cane, this paperweight has an acid etched Baccarat logo on the base along with the engraved year (1978) and engraved edition number (147).  There are three very small areas on the side with minor damage - please see note below.  A beautiful addition to any collection of Baccarat paperweights.

This design was released in 1978 in a limited edition of 350 pieces.  This is number 147 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1978" shown in the pictures.  The base has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1978) and the number (147).

Note on defects:  This paperweight three tiny marks or scratches.  There is a small (less than 1/8") partial circular impact mark low on the side and a nearby faint scratch.  These are shown on one of the pictures.  There is also a smaller faint rub mark low on the side which I could not get a clear picture of.  I have reduced the price rather than have the paperweight polished. 

In 1846 Baccarat introduced the popular Gridel figures in their closepack millefiori paperweights.  It was named after Emil Gridel, the nephew of Jean-Baptiste Toussaint the general manager of Baccarat.  Toussaint saw Gridel making paper cutouts of animals and saw an opportunity to incorporate these silhouettes in millefiori paperweights.   From 1971 to 1979 Baccarat issued a modern Gridel series of millefiori paperweights based on eighteen Gridel figures.  Each paperweight has a large Gridel figure in the center with smaller versions of the other figures included in the design.  There are variations in orientation and color as well as the types of canes in each design and it is possible to amass a very large collection covering just this series.

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.

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
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.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  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.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.  You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Very large size:  3 1/16" diameter by just under 2 3/16" high.    The base is ground flat.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1978" in the design.  It also has an  acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the engraved year (1978) and engraved edition number (147). 
Condition:   Very good.  This paperweight three tiny marks or scratches.  There is a small (less than 1/8") partial circular impact mark low on the side and a nearby faint scratch.  These are shown on one of the pictures.  There is also a smaller faint rub mark low on the side which I could not get a clear picture of.  There are also some light scratches on the base.   

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Baccarat 1978 Gridel Series Dog Patterned Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight
3405 Baccarat Modern Four Row Open Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   Circa 1958 - 1965.  This paperweight has an open concentric design with four rows of pastel colored millefiori around a central complex cane.  It is signed with an etched Baccarat logo on the base.  The paperweight contains examples of early Baccarat complex millefiori and dates from the first years of Baccarat modern millefiori production.

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.

  •     1845-1860 - Classic period
  •     1900-1934 - Dupont period
  •     1953 - on - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification as it is likely that Baccarat made some paperweights on and off through most of 19th century.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).  Pansy weights and rock weights continued in production until much later.  Some paperweights are identified as Dupont period and were made at the end of the 19th Century or early in the 20th century.

Baccarat started making modern millefiori paperweights in 1957.  According to Paul Dunlop ( Baccarat Paperweights:  Two Centuries of Beauty ), Baccarat started making the modern spaced millefiori paperweights on muslin or lace in 1958 and continued making undated examples until the limited editions were started in 1970.  The exception is 1964 when special versions were produced for Baccarat's 200th anniversary.

Medium Size:  Just over 2 1/2” diameter by 2” high.  Bottom is ground flat.
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France.  Signed on the base with an etched Baccarat logo.  The logo is hard to see and harder to photograph.
Condition: Excellent condition.  Other than some wear on the base, no other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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

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Top view
Baccarat logo on the base (hard to see)
Base
Side view
$165 postage paid in the US. 

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Baccarat Modern Four Row Open Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
4856 Baccarat 1976 Gridel Series Magnum Millefiori White Monkey Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1976.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a large central Gridel white monkey silhouette on a black background surrounded by a ring of white canes.  The white monkey cane is set in the center of a paneled pattern with six panels of blue and green millefiori and surrounded by a ring of identical green canes.  The panels are divided by rays of smaller Gridel canes plus Baccarat's complex signature / date cane "B 1976".  Each ray contains three Gridel canes, with the exception of one ray which contains two Gridel canes plus the signature / date cane.  The design is set on a translucent white ground.  This design was released in 1976 in a limited edition of 350 pieces.  This is number 186 in that edition.  This paperweight is also signed on the base with an acid etched Baccarat mark along with the year (1976) and edition number (186).  A fantastic paperweight. 

In 1846 Baccarat introduced the popular Gridel figures in their closepack millefiori paperweights.  It was named after Emil Gridel, the nephew of Jean-Baptiste Toussaint the general manager of Baccarat.  Toussaint saw Gridel making paper cutouts of animals and saw an opportunity to incorporate these silhouettes in millefiori paperweights.   From 1971 to 1979 Baccarat issued a modern Gridel series of millefiori paperweights based on eighteen Gridel figures.  Each paperweight has a large Gridel figure in the center with smaller versions of the other figures included in the design.  There are variations in orientation and color as well as the types of canes in each design and it is possible to amass a very large collection covering just this series.

Very Large Size:  Just under 3 7/16" diameter by just under 2 5/16" high.  The base is ground flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1976" in the design.  It also has one acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the year (1976) and edition number (186). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  There is some minor wear on the base, but no other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.   

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

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Closeup
Profile
Baccarat logo, date, and edition number on base
Signature cane "B 1976"
Side view
Base
$395 postage paid in the US.

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Baccarat 1976 Gridel Series Magnum Millefiori White Monkey Limited Edition Paperweight
5212 Large Baccarat 1974 Pansy Paperweight with Star Cut Base.   dated 1974.  This wonderful Baccarat paperweight has a Baccarat type III pansy with a bud, three green leaves, and a stem.  The pansy has a millefiori cane in the center, two notched purple upper petals, and three yellow lower petals.  Each lower petal has a purple tip and three dark lines (crows feet) radiating from the central cane.  The design is set on a clear ground with a star-cut base.  It is signed next to the stem with a Baccarat signature cane "B 1974".  It is also signed on the base with two acid etched Baccarat logos and is engraved with the year (1974), the edition number (5).    A fantastic paperweight.

Although this paperweight is hard to find, it is not believed to be a limited edition paperweight.  Paul Dunlop does not list it as limited edition and I have seen an almost identical example dated 1972.

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.

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
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.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  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.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.  You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Large Size:  Just over 3" diameter by 2 1/16" high.  The base is ground concave and finished with a star cut. 
Condition:  Outstanding condition with no cracks or chips or scratches. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1974.  Signed in the design with a "B 1974" signature / date cane and on the base with two acid etched Baccarat logos and is engraved with the year (1974), the edition number (5).

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

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Profile
Side view
Signature cane
Baccarat logo, numbered edition, and year on base
Base

SOLD.

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Large Baccarat 1974 Pansy Paperweight with Star Cut Base
5215 Baccarat 1976 Mount Rushmore Sulphide with Red and White Double Overlay and Blue Ground with Box and Certificate.  dated 1976.  This modern sulphide paperweight features a very large three dimensional figure of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota depicting the four presidents heads George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.  It has a red and white double overlay and a transparent blue ground.  The paperweight is faceted with a large oval top facet and eight oval side facets.  There is a footed base.  The sulphide was designed by Jean Goy, a noted French sculptor.  It is signed on the base with the Baccarat acid etch logo, the edition number number "150/1000" (of which only 789 were made), and the date "1976".  This is the largest of the modern Baccarat sulphide paperweights.  It comes with its original tightly fitted box and original unnumbered certificate.  A magnificent paperweight. 

Unlike most other Baccarat sulphide paperweights, this paperweight was made in only one format with a red and white overlay and blue ground.  There were not supposed to be any variations, but some of the individual examples had additional facets  at the bottom of the overlay.  This low number example has a clear band at the bottom of the overlay.  According to Dunlop, the edition was planned for 1,000 paperweights but only 789 were actually made.     

Sulphides are cast objects (animals, flowers, people) made of a ceramic material that has properties similar to the surrounding glass.  They are normally white, but are also sometimes colored or even painted.  The objects are cast in a mold that copied or made directly from a medallion, coin or sculpture.  The finest French sulphides are cast in a mold made by a skilled artist.  Sometimes a sulphide will have a silvery appearance due to a thin layer of trapped bubbles between the glass and the sulphide itself. 

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.

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
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.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  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.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.

You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in his book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Very large size:  It is oval shaped, 4 1/16" wide by 3 1/2" deep by 2 1/16" high.  The blue transparent base is ground flat.  The paperweight is faceted with one large oval top facet and eight oval side facets and is footed. 
Signature:  The paperweight is signed on the base with an acid etched Baccarat mark, along with the date (1976) and the edition number (150/1000).  It comes with its original box and unnumbered certificate.
Condition:   Excellent condition.  I found a few light scratches on the base. 

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

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Base
Baccarat logo, edition number, and date on base
Side view
Paperweight and certificate in box
Box
SOLD.

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Baccarat 1976 Mount Rushmore Sulphide with Red and White Double Overlay and Blue Ground with Box and Certificate
1377 Baccarat 1988 Four Row Open Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.   dated 1988.  This paperweight has an open concentric design with four rows of colorful millefiori around a central millefiori cane.  The design is placed over a clear ground.  It is signed with an etched Baccarat logo on the base.  It also has a Baccarat "B1988" signature / date cane in the outermost row.  A fantastic example of a modern open concentric from Baccarat.  

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.

  •     1845-1860 - Classic period
  •     1900-1934 - Dupont period
  •     1953 - on - Modern period
This classification is definitely an over simplification as it is likely that Baccarat made some paperweights on and off through most of 19th century.  The best millefiori and lampwork paperweights were made during the classic period (1845-1860).  Pansy weights and rock weights continued in production until much later.  Some paperweights are identified as Dupont period and were made at the end of the 19th Century or early in the 20th century.

Baccarat started making modern millefiori paperweights in 1957.  According to Paul Dunlop ( Baccarat Paperweights:  Two Centuries of Beauty ), Baccarat started making the modern spaced millefiori paperweights on muslin or lace in 1958 and continued making undated examples until the limited editions were started in 1970.  The exception is 1964 when special versions were produced for Baccarat's 200th anniversary.

Size:  2 11/16” diameter by 2 1/16” high.  The base is polished flat.
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France.  Signed on the base with an etched Baccarat logo.  It also has a Baccarat "B1988" signature / date cane in the outermost row.
Condition: Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.

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

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Closeup
Baccarat "B1988" signature / date cane
Baccarat logo on the base
Base
Side view
Profile view
$285 postage paid in the US.

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Baccarat 1988 Four Row Open Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
4850 Magnum Baccarat 1975 Gridel Series Pheasant Concentric Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1975.  This modern three ring concentric millefiori paperweight features a large white pheasant silhouette on a black background in the center.  This large center cane is surrounded by a circle of yellow millefiori canes.  The middle ring of canes has seventeen small Gridel canes plus a Baccarat "B 1975" signature / date cane.  The pheasant Gridel appears only in the center, not in the middle ring.  The design is set on a transparent blue ground.  In addition to the Baccarat signature / date cane, this paperweight has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the engraved year (1975) and engraved edition number (46).  This is a nice balanced design.  A beautiful addition to any collection of Baccarat paperweights.

This design was released in 1975 in a limited edition of 350 pieces.  This is number 46 in that series.  There is a signature / date cane "B 1975" shown in the pictures.  The base has an acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1975) and the edition number (46). 

In 1846 Baccarat introduced the popular Gridel figures in their closepack millefiori paperweights.  It was named after Emil Gridel, the nephew of Jean-Baptiste Toussaint the general manager of Baccarat.  Toussaint saw Gridel making paper cutouts of animals and saw an opportunity to incorporate these silhouettes in millefiori paperweights.   From 1971 to 1979 Baccarat issued a modern Gridel series of millefiori paperweights based on eighteen Gridel figures.  Each paperweight has a large Gridel figure in the center with smaller versions of the other figures included in the design.  There are variations in orientation and color as well as the types of canes in each design and it is possible to amass a very large collection covering just this series.

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.

  • 1845-1860 - Classic period
  • 1920-1934 - Dupont period
  • 1953-2002 - Modern period
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.

In 1952, Paul Jokelson approached Baccarat with the idea of making sulphide paperweights again.  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.  Baccarat stopped making this type of fine glass paperweights in 2002.  You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights in the new book Baccarat Paperweights - two centuries of beauty by Paul Dunlop or one of the older books on paperweights in general, such as The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights by Paul Hollister or World Paperweights by Robert Hall.

Very large size:  3 3/16" diameter by 2 3/8" high.  The base is ground flat.
Signature:  This paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature / date cane "B 1975" in the design.  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the engraved year (1975) and engraved edition number (46). 
Condition:   Very good condition.  There is a tiny circular fracture mark on the base next to the number "9" in "1975".  Perhaps this happened when the 1975 was engraved.  There are some other minor scratches on the base, but no other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.

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Signature cane "B 1975"
Signature on base with etched Baccarat  logo, engraved edition number "46", and engraved "1975"- note circular fracture next to "9"
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Profile
Side view
Base
$375 postage paid in the US.

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Magnum Baccarat 1975 Gridel Series Pheasant Concentric Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight
2985 Modern Baccarat Enamel Decorated Egg Paperweight and Stand.  circa 1950 - 1970.  This egg shaped paperweight is decorated around the middle with a gold enamel.  There is no decoration on the ends of the egg.  It comes with its own glass stand.  Both the egg and the stand are signed with an etched Baccarat logo.  The egg is signed on its lower end.  The stand is signed on the bottom.  The signature on the egg itself is not clear but I show pictures of both signatures.  A fun addition to any collection of egg shaped paperweights.

Note:  The pictures make it look as if there is a decoration on the top end (narrow end) of the egg.  This is not the case.  All of the decoration is on the middle part.

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.

Size:  1 13/16" diameter by just under 2 1/2" high without the stand.  The height with the stand is approximately 2 3/4".  The glass stand is just over 1 3/16" square by 7/16" high.
Signature:  The egg is signed with Baccarat's etched logo on the lower end (this etched signature is not clear).  There is also an acid etched Baccarat logo on the base of the stand.
Condition:   Excellent condition.  No cracks, chips, or scratches were found on inspection.   

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Baccarat logo on bottom of egg (poor etching)
Baccarat logo on base of stand (clear etching)
Side view
Another view of egg with stand
Stand
Another view of stand
$65 postage paid in the US.

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Modern Baccarat Enamel Decorated Egg Paperweight and Stand

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