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Paperweight

A work made of glass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass.

Date:

c. 1845/60

Artist:

Clichy Glassworks (Cristalleries de Clichy)
Billancourt, France, 1837-1885

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.

On View

European Decorative Art, Gallery 15

Artist

Clichy Glasshouse

Title

Paperweight

Origin

France

Date

1840–1865

Medium

Glass

Dimensions

Diam. 7.9 cm (3 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Arthur Rubloff

Reference Number

1988.541.514

Extended information about this artwork

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