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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
 
4860 Rare Magnum Baccarat 2000 Rendez-vous des Libellules Dragonflies Limited Edition Faceted Paperweight with Box.  dated 2000.  This magnificent very large faceted paperweight features five colored dragonflies flying above the ground.  The ground has a translucent green layer above an opaque white layer.  The title "Rendez-vous des Libellules" translates as "Meeting of the Dragonflies".  Baccarat made this design in 2000 in a limited edition of 75 paperweights.  It is signed in the design with a complex "B2000" signature / date cane and is also signed on the base with an acid etched Baccarat mark along with the year (2000) and edition number (54 / 75).  There is also a Baccarat etched signature on the side next to the base and a Baccarat red paper label on the base.  The paperweight is faceted with a barrel faceting having a top facet and 75 side cuts in five rows.  This paperweight comes with its original rigid Baccarat box.  One of the best of the Baccarat paperweights.  Large and showy with 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.  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:  3 5/16" diameter by just under 2 1/16" high.  The base is polished flat.  The paperweight is faceted with a barrel faceting having a top facet and 75 side cuts in five rows.  The box is 5 3/16" by 5 3/16" by 4 1/16" high.
Signature:  It is signed in the design with a complex "B2000" signature / date cane and is also signed on the base with an acid etched Baccarat mark along with the year (2000) and edition number (54/75).  There is also a Baccarat etched signature on the side next to the base and a Baccarat red paper label on the base.   
Condition:   Excellent original condition.  No chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.  The box and red label have slight wear.  There are four protective felt pads on the base that can be removed.

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$950 postage paid in the US.                               US Sales only, no international shipping.      Delivery will require a signature.

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Rare Magnum Baccarat 2000 Rendez-vous des Libellules Dragonflies Limited Edition Faceted Paperweight with Box
5401 Large Baccarat 1977 Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight.   dated 1977.  This wonderful spaced millefiori paperweight from Baccarat contains an arrangement of 19 millefiori canes on a lace or upset muslin ground.  The canes are intricate and very colorful.  See the close-up picture for more detail.  It is signed with a Baccarat "B1977" signature / date cane in the design.  And the base is signed with an etched Baccarat logo, the engraved edition number (52), and the engraved year (1977).  It comes with its original (distressed) box and certificate.  A large colorful example. 

This design was produced in 1977.  It is not listed as a limited edition, but the individual paperweights were numbered sequentially.  This is number 52 in that series.  Paul Dunlop states on page 178 of his book Baccarat Paperweights two centuries of beauty that this style was made in numerous years as a numbered edition paperweight.

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

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.  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.

Large size:  3 1/16" diameter by just over 2 1/4" high.  The base is polished flat.
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1977.  Signed on the base with the etched Baccarat logo and also with a "B1977" signature / date cane in the design.
Condition:    Excellent condition.  Slight wear on the base, but no other cracks, chips, or scratch found on inspection.  The box is moderately distressed with tape damage and a crease.

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$425 postage paid in the US.

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Large Baccarat 1977 Spaced Millefiori on Lace Paperweight
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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$1,750 postage paid in the US.                         US sales only for this paperweight.  Delivery will require a signature.      

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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.   

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Signature cane "B 1987"
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Base
$465 postage paid in the US.                                                         Added 4/22/2022.

For more information about Baccarat paperweights, see my Baccarat Paperweights Web Page

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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
2643 Large Faceted Baccarat Limited Edition Fruit Basket Paperweight.   dated 1976.  Classical design with a lampwork basket of fruit set over an opaque white milk glass ground.  The basket is filled with luscious strawberries with leaves attached.  It is signed with a Baccarat signature cane "B 1976" and also signed again on the base with the Baccarat logo.  The paperweight is faceted with a large concave top facet and six smaller concave side facets.  Perfect execution.

This design was produced only in 1976 in a limited edition of 300 paperweights.  This is number 57 in that series.  There is a signature cane "B 1976" shown in the pictures.  The base has the acid etched Baccarat logo plus it is engraved with the year (1976), the edition number (57) and the size of the series (300).  It is unusual to find a Baccarat paperweight with a white opaque ground as they produced very few designs with this choice of ground.  It works perfectly as a contrast to the delicate fruit basket.

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

Large size: 3 1/16" diameter by 1 7/8" high.  The base is polished flat.  Faceted with a large top facet and six side facets.  All the facets are concave. 
Condition: Excellent condition.  There are some scratches on the base, but no other wear or damage was found on inspection.  No cracks, chips, or scratches on the body.
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France in 1976.  Signed in cane and on the base. 

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Base

$295 postage paid in the US.

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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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Large Faceted Baccarat Limited Edition Fruit Basket Paperweight
6072 Modern Baccarat Macédoine Millefiori Paperweight.   circa 1957-1970s.  This paperweight is made up of multi-colored striped millefiori segments arranged at (mostly) right angles.  This is a contemporary paperweight made for only a short time.  It is acid etched with the Baccarat signature on the base.  This is a great example of a unique Baccarat design.

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.  This pattern was originally made during the classic period of French paperweights (1845-1860).  The modern version was produced in the 1950s - 1970s and is similar to yet 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.  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.

Large size:  2 7/8" diameter by just over 2 1/8" high.  The base is polished flat.
Condition:  Excellent condition with no scratches, chips or cracks. 
Signature:  Signed with the Baccarat acid etched signature on the base. 

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$245 postage paid in the US.

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Modern Baccarat Macédoine Millefiori 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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Base
$295 postage paid in the US.  

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Antique Baccarat Dupont Period Miniature Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
2530 Magnum Baccarat Eight Row 1988 Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1988.  This magnificent close concentric millefiori paperweight has eight rings or rows with the outer ring pulled down to the center of the base to form a stave basket.  Baccarat made this design in 1988 and it has an edition number of 60, but no edition size.  The paperweight is signed in the design with Baccarat's complex signature / date cane "B 1988" in the next to the last ring.  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the year (1988) and edition number (60).  One of the best of the Baccarat concentric paperweights.  Large and showy with great color.

Note on edition size:  According to Paul Dunlop, this design is not a limited edition and the number made is unknown.  This design is shown on page 211 of Dunlop's book on Baccarat and is one of four numbered edition designs.  In 1988 all four numbered editions featured a green 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.  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.

Large size:  Just under 3 1/4" diameter by just under 2 7/16" high.    The base is polished flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature / date cane "B 1988" in the next to the last outer ring.  In addition it is signed with the acid etched Baccarat mark on the base along with the the year (1988) and edition number (60). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  One tiny pinprick on the side.  Some scratches on the base.  No other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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Base
$495 postage paid in the US.

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Magnum Baccarat Eight Row 1988 Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
6016 Magnum Antique Baccarat Macédoine (Scramble) Millefiori Paperweight with Finger Facets.  circa 1845-1860.  This very large antique Baccarat paperweight is made up of multi-colored striped millefiori segments arranged at (mostly) right angles.  It is finished at the base with 20 finger facets.  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 condition is fair to good.

Note on condition:  The condition of this paperweight is fair to good.  It displays well but has numerous scratches on the dome and one 3/16" chip on the side.  It also has wear on some of the finger facets.

Note on pictures:  Some of the side pictures have dark vertical areas.  These are reflections caused by the finger facets and the dark sides of my photo area.  They are not a flaw in the glass.

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, rock weights, and some millefiori 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 paperweights in 1957 and continued to make paperweights until 2002.  You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights and the Dupont connection 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 over 3 1/8" diameter by 2 5/16" high.   The bottom is ground concave.  It is finished with 20 finger facets extending up from the base. 
Condition:  Fair to good condition with many scratches on the dome, one small (3/16") chip at the top of a facet, and wear of some of the facets.  It displays well in spite of the damage.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this is an antique Baccarat paperweight dating from the classic period (1845-1860).  

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Wear on finger facets
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$275 postage paid in the US.

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Magnum Antique Baccarat Macédoine (Scramble) Millefiori Paperweight with Finger Facets
4644
Unique Baccarat 1964 JFK Sulphide Double Overlay Paperweight.  dated 1963, issued 1964.  This modern Baccarat sulphide paperweight features a large three dimensional figure of  President John F. Kennedy.  Even though it is dated 1963, I believe it wasn't issued until 1964 after Kennedy was assassinated.  The sulphide figure was designed by Albert David.  It has a cobalt blue and white overlay with a red base.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.  The overlay has an unusual cutting with half-circle notches between each facet.  Only 201 copies were made with this color combination, but the cutting may be unique.  It is signed on the edge of the sulphide "A. DAVID 63" and has an acid etched Baccarat logo / mark on the base.  An extra nice example.   

Paul Dunlop provides a detailed study of the variations on this paperweight.  This paperweight was made in several formats, including 308 overlays and 3,572 non-overlays.  Of the overlays, 201 were like the example shown here with a red uncut base and a blue and white overlay.  However not all of the 201 will have the same cutting on the double overlay as the glass workers at Baccarat were given some artistic freedom to vary the cutting.  35 more were finished with a star cut on the base.  And 72 were made with a blue base and a red and white overlay.  There were nine different formats for the 3,572 non-overlay versions.  An additional 314 non-overlay weights with an amethyst base were issued in a memorial edition.

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.  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.

Albert David (1896 - 1970) was a French sculptor and ceramist who studied under Jean Boucher at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.  David exhibited in Paris at the Salon of the Société des Artistes Français, Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs.  He received an honorable mention in 1921, a gold medal at the 1937 Exposition Universelle and a third-class medal in 1938.  His work was entered in the Art competitions at the 1924 Summer Olympics, but he did not win a medal.  In 1938, he was was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.  He was particularly known for his flat reliefs and war memorials and also his pottery.  In addition, he also designed plaques and medals.  David served as an official sculptor for the Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint), a government-owned institution responsible for producing France's coins.  During the 1960s he designed sulphides for Baccarat, some of which were produced after his death in 1970.

Large Size:  3 1/8" diameter by just over 2 1/8" high.  The base is polished flat is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.   
Signature:  The paperweight is signed on the edge of the sulphide "A. DAVID 63" and has an acid etched Baccarat mark / logo on the base  
Condition:   There is a 1/2" scratch on the base next to the Baccarat mark / logo.  There is also other wear and faint scratches on the base.  Otherwise it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection..

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Unique Baccarat 1964 JFK Sulphide Double Overlay Paperweight
5483 Baccarat 1971 Gridel Series Magnum Millefiori Rooster Limited Edition Paperweight.  dated 1971.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a large central black Gridel rooster silhouette facing left on a white background.  The rooster cane is set in the center of a concentric design with four rings of millefiori canes, including a ring of all 18 Gridel canes.  The design is set on a lace ground.  Baccarat's complex signature / date cane "B 1971" is in the third ring at 3 o'clock.  The rooster appears twice, once in the center and a smaller one facing right at 2 o'clock.  This design was released in 1971 in a limited edition of 1,200 pieces.  This is number 519 in that edition.  This paperweight is also signed on the base with two acid etched Baccarat marks along with the year (1971) and edition number (519).  The year is hard to read on the base as it was engraved on top of one of the Baccarat marks.  I show several pictures of this signature taken from different angles.  An extra large example. 

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 over 3 3/8" diameter by 2 1/16" high.    The base is polished flat.  The profile is slightly flat.  
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1971" in the design.  It also has two acid etched Baccarat marks on the base along with the year (1971) and edition number (519).  The year is hard to read on the base as it was engraved on top of one of the Baccarat marks.  I show several pictures of this signature taken from different angles.
Condition:   Excellent condition.  There are some scratches on the base, but no other cracks, chips, or scratches found on inspection.   

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Baccarat 1971 Gridel Series Magnum Millefiori Rooster Limited Edition 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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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
5211 Baccarat 1971 Millefiori Mushroom Turquoise Double Overlay Paperweight.  dated 1971.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a wonderful six row concentric millefiori design with design pulled down to the base to form a slender stem, completing the mushroom form.  The outer ring alternates between blue and yellow canes to create an interesting pattern when viewed from the base.  The design is placed over clear crystal and finished with a turquoise and white double overlay.  It is signed with a Baccarat complex "B1971" signature / date cane in the fourth ring from the center.  This paperweight is also signed twice on the base with an acid etched Baccarat mark along with the engraved year (1971) and edition number (153).  The overlay is faceted with one large top facet and five side facets.  A fantastic paperweight.

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.

Note on limited editions:  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 1971 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.  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.

Large size:  2 15/16" diameter by just over 2" high.  The base is polished flat.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and a five side facets.
Signature:  Signed with a complex "B 1971" signature / date cane in the fourth ring from the center.  This paperweight is also signed twice on the base with an acid etched Baccarat mark along with the engraved year (1971) and edition number (153).
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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Baccarat 1971 Millefiori Mushroom Turquoise Double Overlay Paperweight
5299 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 center 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 1 3/4” high.  The base is polished 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 scratches and wear on the base, no other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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Baccarat Modern Four Row Open Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
4199 Large Antique Baccarat Double Trefoil Millefiori Paperweight.  circa 1845-1860.  Colorful antique Baccarat double trefoil millefiori paperweight with a clear ground.  The trefoils are constructed with blue and white canes.  In the center is a circle of green and white canes with a orange cane in the very center.  I believe this is from the classic period of paperweight production (1845-1860), but it may date from a later period.  An interesting example.

Note on colors:  Please ignore the brown colors in some of the pictures.  They are reflections from something in my work area.  The glass is clear.

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, rock weights, and some millefiori 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 paperweights in 1957 and continued to make paperweights until 2002.  You can read more about the Baccarat paperweights and the Dupont connection 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 2 3/4" diameter by 1 7/8" high.   The bottom is polished concave.  Unusually high dome with the original Baccarat profile. 
Condition: Excellent condition.  This paperweight was professionally restored and has no chips, cracks, or scratches.  There is a bit of stray glass below the orange center cane.  Some bubbles in the glass.
Signature:  Unsigned but I guarantee that this was made by Baccarat in France.

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Large Antique Baccarat Double Trefoil Millefiori Paperweight
2992 Baccarat 1971 Millefiori Mushroom Double Overlay Paperweight.  dated 1971.  This modern millefiori paperweight features a wonderful seven row concentric millefiori design with design pulled down to the base to form a slender stem, completing the mushroom form.  The two outer rings are somehow arranged to alternate when viewed from the base resulting in a stunning spiral pattern.  The design is placed over clear crystal and finished with a red and white double overlay.  It is signed with a Baccarat complex "B1971" signature / date cane in the outer ring.  This paperweight is also signed twice on the base with an acid etched Baccarat mark along with the engraved year (1971) and edition number (103).  The red over white overlay is faceted with one large top facet and six side facets.  The base is cut with a complex star pattern that is flat in the center.  A fantastic paperweight.

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.

Note on number of rows or rings:  This design has either six or seven rows, depending on whether you count the very first ring around the single center cane.  I have chosen to count the inner ring to be consistent with past listings.

Note on limited editions:  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 1971 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.  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.

Large size:  2 15/16" diameter by just under 2" high.  The base is cut with a complex star pattern that is flat in the center.  The paperweight is faceted with one large top facet and a six side facets.
Signature:  Signed with a complex "B 1971" signature / date cane in the outer ring.  This paperweight is also signed twice on the base with an acid etched Baccarat mark along with the engraved year (1971) and edition number (103).
Condition:  Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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$495 postage paid in the US.                                                      Added 7/29/2023

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Baccarat 1971 Millefiori Mushroom Double Overlay 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.   

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Baccarat 1976 Gridel Series Magnum Millefiori White Monkey Limited Edition Paperweight
5892 Baccarat Eleven Row 1971 Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight.  dated 1971.  This magnificent close concentric millefiori paperweight has eleven rings or rows with the outer ring pulled down to the center of the base to form a stave basket.  Baccarat made this design in 1971 and it has an edition number of 357, but no edition size.  The paperweight is signed in the design with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1971" in the next to the last ring.  The signature cane is upside down in the paperweight and can be difficult to find.  It also has an acid etched Baccarat mark appearing twice on the base along with the year (1971) and edition number (357).  One of the best of the Baccarat concentric paperweights.  Large and showy with great color.

Note on number of rows or rings:  This design has either ten or eleven rows, depending on whether you count the very first ring around the single center cane.  I have chosen to count it as a separate ring to be consistent with past listings. Either way, it is an impressive number of rings for a paperweight.

Note on edition size:  According to Paul Dunlop, this design is not a limited edition and the number made is unknown. 

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:  3 1/16" diameter by 2 3/8" high.    The base is polished flat.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with Baccarat's complex signature cane "B 1971" in the next to the last outer ring.  It is upside down in the row and can be hard to spot.  In addition it is double signed with the acid etched Baccarat mark appearing twice on the base along with the the year (1971) and edition number (357). 
Condition:   Excellent condition.  Some scratches on the base.  No other chips, cracks, or scratches found on inspection.

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Baccarat Eleven Row 1971 Close Concentric Millefiori Paperweight
3539 Baccarat 1974 Limited Edition Frog on a Pond Paperweight.  dated 1974.  This modern lampwork paperweight features a green frog with red stripes on a transparent green pond.  There is a nearby lily pad and some rocks on the surface.  It is signed with a Baccarat "B 1974" complex signature / date cane in the design.   This paperweight is also signed on the base with two acid etched Baccarat marks along with the engraved year (1974), edition number (163), and the edition size (240).  A fantastic design 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.  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.

Large size:  Just over 2 13/16" diameter by 1 15/16" high.  The base is polished concave.
Signature:  The paperweight is signed with a Baccarat "B 1974" complex signature / date cane in the design.  This paperweight is also signed on the base with two acid etched Baccarat marks along with the engraved year (1974), edition number (163), and the edition size (240).  
Condition:   Excellent condition.  With the exception of very light wear on the base, no cracks, chips, or scratches were found on inspection.

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Baccarat 1974 Limited Edition Frog on a Pond Paperweight
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.

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$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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Magnum Baccarat 1975 Gridel Series Pheasant Concentric Millefiori Limited Edition Paperweight
5558 Large Antique Baccarat Dupont Period 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.  This paperweight is 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.  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 large paperweight in great shape.

Note:  This paperweight has been restored in the past and has a relatively flat profile.  There is plenty of glass and it could be reshaped to give it a proper profile.

Note about provenance:  The previous owner acquired this paperweight at the Selman Auction 37 (Fall  2006) Lot 41 and paid $460 including the bidders premium for the paperweight.

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.

Large size:  3 1/8" diameter by 2" high.  The bottom is polished flat and finished with a Baccarat star cut base.  It has a relatively flat profile as shown in the pictures.
Condition: Excellent condition.  This paperweight has been restored in the past.  There are no chips, cracks, or scratches other than a few faint scratches on the base. 
Signature:  Made by Baccarat in France.  Unsigned, but I guarantee that this is an antique Baccarat paperweight from the Dupont period. 

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Large Antique Baccarat Dupont Period Type III Pansy Paperweight with Star Cut Base

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