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Paperweight

A work made of glass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass.

Date:

1848

Artist:

Saint-Louis Glassworks (Cristalleries de Saint-Louis)
Lorraine, France, founded 1586

About this artwork

This paperweight uses a traditional glass-making technique called millefiori to great effect. Italian for “one thousand flowers,” millefiori was first developed in fifteenth-century Venice. In the nineteenth century, French glassmakers revived the technique with a cultural twist. Arranged to evoke traditional French gardens such as the Tuileries in Paris, paperweights like this example brought a little of this landscaping magic indoors.

From the late 1840s to early 1860s, French manufacturers of fine glass and crystal—such as Baccarat (Alsace), Clichy (Paris), and Saint-Louis (Lorraine)—catered to the vast public enthusiasm for beautiful yet functional desk accessories. Paperweights, which were designed to secure loose papers against drafts, were among their most popular products.

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Artist

Compagnie de Saint Louis

Title

Paperweight

Origin

France

Date

1848

Medium

Glass

Dimensions

H. 6.6 cm (2 3/8 in.) Diam. 8.6 cm (3 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Arthur Rubloff

Reference Number

1988.541.328

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