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Door handle

A work made of glass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass.


c. 1845–60


Clichy Glassworks (Cristalleries de Clichy)
Clichy, 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.


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Applied Arts of Europe


Clichy Glasshouse


Door handle


Clichy (Object made in)

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12.4 × 5.4 cm (4 7/8 × 2 1/8 in.)

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Bequest of Arthur Rubloff

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