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Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.

Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.

After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.

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4246 St. Louis 1994 "Eclosion" Floral Bouquet Piedouche Paperweight - Super Magnum Limited Edition with Box.  dated 1994.  This extra large St. Louis pedestal paperweight features a floral bouquet with a spaced concentric arrangement of lampwork flowers placed on a lush bed of green leaves.  The flowers are blue, red, white, light blue, green, light yellow (or off white), and pink in the center along with red, blue, white, and green buds.  The paperweight is mounted on a magnificent double swirl pedestal base with upper and lower blue and white torsades.  Signed with a complex signature / date cane “SL 1994” in the design and etched with the edition number “65/150” on the base.  This paperweight was made in a limited edition of 150 paperweights.  It comes with its original (damaged) St. Louis lined box.  This is a fantastic addition to any collection of paperweights.

Note on condition of the box:  The box has a damaged front edge - a previous owner must have taped it shut.  The paperweight itself is in perfect original condition.

Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.  Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.  After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.

Very large size:  4" diameter by 4 1/8" high.  The base of the piedouche is ground concave.  The box measures 5 3/16" by 5 3/16" by 5 1/8" high.  The paperweight weighs 3 pounds 6 ounces.  With the box it weighs 4 pounds. 
Signature:  Made by St. Louis in France.  It is signed with a complex signature / date cane “SL 1994” in the design and etched with the edition number “65/150” on the base.
Condition:  Excellent original condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  The box has a damaged front edge - a previous owner must have taped it shut.

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Box with damage
Base
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SOLD.              US Sales only, no international shipping.

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St. Louis 1994 "Eclosion" Floral Bouquet Piedouche Paperweight - Super Magnum Limited Edition with Box
4575 St. Louis 1973 Millefiori Looped Garlands Paperweight - Magnum Limited Edition.  dated 1973.  This paperweight features a millefiori garland with six loops arranged a large complex millefiori cane.  The six loops alternate between white and blue canes.  The design is placed on an opaque red ground.  It is signed and dated with a "SL 1973" complex millefiori cane between two of the loops.  It also has its original (slightly worn) "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" foil label.  A precious addition to any collection of Saint Louis paperweights.

According to the two books on St. Louis paperweights, this paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 400 paperweights of which 250 were reserved for US collectors.

Note on condition:  This paperweight has a small scuff mark (about 3/16" long) on the side near the base.  Otherwise, it is in excellent condition with no other damage found.

Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.  Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.  After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.

Very large size:  3 1/4" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base is ground concave.
Signature:  It is signed and dated with a "SL 1973" complex millefiori cane between two of the loops.  It also has its original "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" foil label.
Condition:  This paperweight has a small scuff mark (about 3/16" long) on the side near the base.  Otherwise, it is in excellent condition with no other damage found.  The foil label is slightly worn.

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Scuff mark (3/16" long) on side near base
Base
$395 postage paid in the US.

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St. Louis 1973 Millefiori Looped Garlands Paperweight - Magnum Limited Edition
2999 Very Early St. Louis 1953 Millefiori Mushroom Double Overlay Paperweight.  dated 1953.  This is one of only a few very early modern St. Louis millefiori mushroom paperweights.  It has a closepacked millefiori design pulled down to the base to form a mushroom shape.  It is signed and dated with a "SL 1953" millefiori cane in the design.  It has a double overlay of dark blue over light blue and is finished with a large top facet and five side facets.  The base is ground slightly concave and has a star cutting.  This paperweight is one of the earliest of the modern SL millefiori mushroom paperweights and was probably made by Paul Gossmann with guidance from Louis Lutz.  A precious addition to any collection of Saint Louis paperweights. 

Note on execution: This very early Saint Louis paperweight was made when Saint Louis was exploring the possibility of resuming paperweight production.  It should be considered an experiment and is not perfect.  The millefiori in the top are smudged and there are some tiny tool marks in the overlay.

Paul Gossmann, an 18 year old glass blower at St. Louis, was assigned to try to duplicate the classic designs of the 19th century.  Working with Louis Lutz, a retired glassworker from decades earlier, Gossmann experimented with millefiori and with lampwork in 1951 or 1952 and as quality improved made the first overlay paperweights at the end of 1953.  His attention was then redirected to the production of sulphide paperweights and the 1953 Queen Elizabeth sulphide.

Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.  Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.  After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.

Large size:  3" diameter by just over 2 3/8" high.  The base is ground slightly concave and has a star cutting.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and a five side facets.
Signature:  Signed with a complex "SL 1953" signature cane in the design.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  The millefiori canes are smudged and there are some tiny tool marks in the overlay from when it was made.

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$595 postage paid in the US.

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Very Early St. Louis 1953 Millefiori Mushroom Double Overlay Paperweight
5896 Large St. Louis 1980 Pansy on Lace Ground Limited Edition Paperweight with Fancy Cutting.  dated 1980.  This dramatic St. Louis paperweight has a large lampwork pansy with leaves and stem set on a white lace ground.  The pansy has two dark blue upper petals, and three yellow lower petals.  In the center of the flower is a complex millefiori cane.  Each lower petal has three dark lines (crows feet) radiating from the central cane.  There is a large top facet and a fancy side cutting with 18 side cuts.  It is signed with a complex signature cane "SL 1980" on the base.  The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 400 paperweights of which 250 were reserved for American collectors.  A wonderful addition to any collection of St. Louis paperweights.

Note:  This paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 400 paperweights of which 250 were reserved for American collectors.  The original issue price in 1980 was $450.

Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.  Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.  After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.

Large Size:  3 1/16" diameter by 1 13/16" high.  The base is ground concave.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and a fancy side cutting with 18 side cuts.
Signature:  Signed with a complex "SL 1980" signature cane on the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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SOLD.

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Large St. Louis 1980 Pansy on Lace Ground Limited Edition Paperweight with Fancy Cutting
5966 Large St. Louis 1986 Spray of Red and White Lilies of the Valley Paperweight on Turquoise Ground - Limited Edition with Certificates and Box.  dated 1986.  This paperweight features a wonderful spray of eleven red and white lilies of the valley with green leaves and stems.  The flowers are also called bell flowers.  The design is set on an opaque turquoise ground.  It is signed in the center of the base with a St. Louis "SL 1986" complex signature / date cane.  It comes with two certificates, one from St. Louis and one from Paul Jokelson.  Both identify this as edition number 31 in a limited edition of 250 paperweights.  It also has its original (worn) blue padded St. Louis box.  The paperweight is finished with a large top facet and six side facets.  An especially nice paperweight with great color and execution.

Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.  Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.  After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.  In addition to the three types already mentioned, millefiori, lampwork, and sulphide paperweights, St. Louis also made a small number of designs with gold inclusions. 

Large size :  3 1/16" diameter by just under 1 13/16" high.  The bottom is ground concave.  The paperweight is finished with a large top facet and six side facets.
Signature : Signed in the center of the base with a St. Louis "SL 1986" complex signature / date cane.  It comes with two certificates, one from St. Louis and one from Paul Jokelson.  Both identify this as edition number 31 in a limited edition of 250 paperweights.  It also has its original (worn) blue padded St. Louis box.    
Condition :  The paperweight is in excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  Very slight wear on the base.  The padded box is worn, with a stain from a label on top, and the hinges are distressed and failing.

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St. Louis Signature / Date Cane
Certificate from St. Louis
Certificate from Paul Jokelson
Box with paperweight and certificates
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Profile
Side view
Box
Back of box showing wear and failing hinges
Base
SOLD.

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Large St. Louis 1986 Spray of Red and White Lilies of the Valley Paperweight on Turquoise Ground - Limited Edition with Certificates and Box
5965 St. Louis 1977 Limited Edition Five Flower Bouquet Paperweight with Red and White Double Overlay.  dated 1977.  This 1977 St. Louis paperweight features a lampwork bouquet of five red, white, and blue clematis flowers with green stems and leaves.  The design is placed on a clear ground and encased in a brilliant red and white double overlay.  It is finished with a large top facet and twelve side facets in two rows, plus a star cut base.  The paperweight is is signed in the center of white flower with a complex "SL 1977" signature / date cane, although the signature cane is put in upside down.  This limited edition design was offered by St. Louis in a limited edition of 450 paperweights of which 200 were reserved for the American market.  It also has its original foil label "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" and comes with its original certificate of authenticity assigning this as edition number 269 of the 1150 limited edition paperweights made for the American market in 1977.  It also comes with its original very worn and stained box.  See note below about manufacturing flaws.  A brilliant design.  A great addition to any collection of modern French paperweights.

Note about manufacturing flaws:  The double overlay has several manufacturing flaws which are shown in the pictures.  The most significant is a line on the side where there is a lighter red color.  There are also two tiny tool marks, one near the top facet and another near the base.  The latter may be a tiny nick or scratch and there is also a nearby scratch on the clear base.  All of these marks and scratches are very small but showed up in the pictures.

Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.  Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.  After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.

Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by 2 1/4" high.  The base has a star cut.  Finished with a red and white double overlay and faceted with a large top facet and twelve side facets.
Signature:  Signed in the center of the white flower with an upside down Saint Louis "SL 1977" signature / date cane.  It also has its original foil label "CRISTAL SAINT LOUIS FRANCE" and comes with its original certificate of authenticity assigning this as edition number 269 of the 1150 limited edition paperweights made in 1977. 
Condition:  Very good condition with several small manufacturing flaws noted.  No other scratches, chips or cracks found on inspection.  The double overlay has several manufacturing flaws which are shown in the pictures.  The most significant is a line on the side where there is a lighter red color.  There are also two tiny tool marks, one near the top facet and another near the base.  The latter may be a tiny nick or scratch and there is also a nearby scratch on the clear base.  The original box is stained and worn and has blue ink pen marks on the white lining. 

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Color flaw on side - plus two tool marks or scratches
Another tool mark near top facet
Stained box
Stains inside box
Base
SOLD.

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St. Louis 1977 Limited Edition Five Flower Bouquet Paperweight with Red and White Double Overlay
5624 Magnum St. Louis 1970 Faceted Red Double Clematis Paperweight.  dated 1970.  This paperweight features a wonderful red double clematis with twelve red petals in two layers,  an emerging bud, green sepals, leaves and stems.  There is a complex yellow St. Louis "SL 1970" signature / date cane in the center of the clematis.  The signature cane is rotated in its placement (almost upside down).  The design is placed over a opaque dark blue (almost black) ground.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and six side facets.  St. Louis started producing annual limited editions in 1970.  This paperweight, the double clematis, was issued in a limited edition of 800 paperweights, 300 of which were reserved for the American market.  Of those reserved for American collectors, 150 were red and 150 were pistachio colored.  A wonderful paperweight. 

St. Louis started producing annual limited editions in 1970.  Only three designs were produced in 1970, this faceted double clematis, a large unfaceted dahlia, and a millefiori double overlay mushroom.  These paperweights appear in the the two books on St. Louis paperweights, The Art of the Paperweight - Saint Louis (First Edition (1981) and Second Edition (1995) by Gerard Ingold.

Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.  Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.  After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.  In addition to the three types already mentioned, millefiori, lampwork, and sulphide paperweights, St. Louis also made a small number of designs with gold inclusions. 

Very Large Size :  3 1/4" diameter by 2" high.  The bottom is ground concave.  It is faceted with one large top facet and six side facets.
Signature : Signed in the center of the flower with a St. Louis "SL 1970" yellow and white complex signature / date.  The cane is rotated in its placement (almost upside down).  
Condition :  Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or scratches.  There are some striations in the glass.

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$595 postage paid in the US.

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Magnum St. Louis 1970 Faceted Red Double Clematis Paperweight
5995 Modern St. Louis Cupid Amour Sulphide Paperweight.   dated 1979.  This is a modern St. Louis sulphide paperweight featuring a ceramic image of cupid set on a opaque red ground and surrounded by a garland of blue lampwork flowers with millefiori centers and green leaves.  There is an opaque white layer under the red layer which is visible from the base.  The paperweight was issued in a limited edition of 400 in 1979.  It is faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  It is signed on the base with a millefiori signature date cane "SL 1979".  A great paperweight with fantastic color.

The conceptual design for the paperweight was by Linda Pope-Selman.  Gilbert Poillerat sculpted the model for the image of cupid.  The sulphide bears the title AMOUR and the initials of the sculptor (GP). 

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.  Often a sulphide will have a silvery appearance due to a thin layer of trapped bubbles between the glass and the sulphide itself.

Cristalleries de Saint Louis was founded in 1767 in Lorraine, which became part of France in 1766.  The region was already home to several glassworks.  Paperweight production started at St. Louis in 1845 and most likely continued until about 1860.  Although the modern production of paperweights started in 1952, the output of millefiori and lampwork paperweights was small.  Fewer than 400 lampwork and millefiori paperweights were made between 1952 and 1955.  They were not all signed or dated.  The most successful product of this early revival period was the Queen Elizabeth sulphide which was made to commemorate her coronation in 1953.  After 1955, no additional weights were made at St. Louis until 1965.  In 1965 the factory resumed production of lampwork and millefiori paperweights and then in 1967 they began a series of sulphide weights.  Finally, in 1970 they started producing annual limited edition paperweights.

Gilbert Poillerat (1902 - 1988) was a French designer, jeweler, and sculptor.  He studied at the École Boulle, graduating in 1921.  Initially he worked in wrought iron for Edgar Brandt doing design and production work.  Later Poillerat branched out to design furniture and other decorative arts.  In 1946 he became a professor at the École Nationale des Arts Decoratifs.  He taught there for 26 years, all the while continuing his own design output, collaborating with the likes of André Arbus, Jean Pascaud, and Vadim Androusov.  During the 1950s, Poillerat became involved in the rediscovery of the art of sulphide paperweights at Baccarat and St. Louis, contributing to many of the early modern sulphide paperweights.

Large size:  Just under 3 1/8" diameter by just under 1 5/8" high.  The bottom is ground concave. 
Signature: Signed with a complex millefiori cane "SL 1979" on the base.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, cracks, or chips found on inspection. 

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$295 postage paid in the US.

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Modern St. Louis Cupid Amour Sulphide Paperweight



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