Baccarat Closepacks, Carpet Grounds, and Gridels
the finest ever made anywhere period
 

I realize this is completely objective – in my opinion modern Baccarat Closepacks (concentric or not) and Carpet Grounds comprise some of the finest representations of these forms ever made. A decent 1850 era Baccarat closepack sells for $15,000 yet you can get a later made version by the same company that is equally well made or better in a fascinating and beautiful variety of styles for a small fraction of that. And while these modern Baccarats may not be as rare as the 19th Century versions, they are still quite rare and far more normally found in fine original condition than are the antiques which typically have been restored to some extent and/or are damaged. I included Gridels in these pages because they are often closepacks as well.

PW3081. Baccarat 1991 MAGNUM Zodiac Church Weight Museum Piece. Nicely balanced with color and design in the fabulous canes.  Date cane B1991, engraved 1991 and 27, and with etched Baccarat logo on base. Condition is excellent. Comes with box and certificate of  authenticity.

3 7/16 inch diameter; 2 1/4 inches tall; one pound and eleven ounces.  $1100

PW2949. Enormous Pedestal Baccarat 1996 Garden of Ispahan - green Weight Museum Piece – Limited Edition of 50. As Mr. Dunlop wrote in his Baccarat book: “The size, design, and precision of its execution make this an impressive weight.” Understated. The closer you look the more you see in this masterpiece. How many elements just in the central golden orb of flower parts? – a tribute to the fecundity of life. Date cane “B1996” is embedded within the closepack. Etched logo on base and engraved Baccarat, 18/50 and 1996. 4 3/4 inch diameter; 5 inches tall; five pounds and fifteen ounces. Condition is excellent with a bit of shelfwear. With box and certificate.  Own one of the greatest.  $3650

PW2609. Rare Baccarat SUPER MAGNUM Monkey Man Gridel Cane 2002 limited edition (#9 of 0nly 75) stunning masterpiece.  This was made in the last year Baccarat made collector weights and it is a stunning beauty. I believe it’s the largest gridel weight they ever made. The name is “Tapis Massai.” This paperweight (this very one not just one of the others made that year) is pictured in the most complete Baccarat book ever published, Baccarat Paperweights: Two Centuries of Beauty by Paul Dunlop – you need this book). This astounding beauty is pictured on page 245. Cane “B2002” in the ground. Etched with the Baccarat logo on the base and engraved “9/75” “2002” and “Baccarat” in script. 75 is a very low edition number. 4 1/4 inch diameter;  2 7/8 inches tall; three pounds and five ounces. Condition is perfect, as if it just came from the glassworks.  $1250  SOLD

 
 
 

PW2588. Rare Baccarat 1980 numbered edition (#10) stunning green carpet ground Zodiac.  Drawn in staves. Cane “B1980” in the closepack. Engraved with the Baccarat logo on the base and “10” “1980”. 3 inch diameter; 2 inches tall; one pound and three ounces. Condition is excellent.  $550

 
 
 
 

PW2619. Rare Baccarat 1987 numbered edition (#48) stunning eight row concentric closepack in yellow. From 1986-1989 Baccarat went through a phase where they included four designs within their numbered edition weights every year – all four (carpet ground with signs of the zodiac, interlacing trefoils, concentric closepacks, and double overlay concentric mushrooms) were of the same color scheme each year – 1986 - blue, 1987 – yellow, 1988 – green, and 1989 – red.  These are millefiori weights made at the peak of the art form by the masters of millefiori. Drawn in staves. Cane “B1987” in the closepack. Engraved with the Baccarat logo on the base and “48” “1987”. With a box and original certificate of authenticity. 3 3/16 inch diameter;  2 3/8 inches tall; one pound and nine ounces. Condition is excellent.  $550  SOLD


 
 
 
 
 

PW2645. Rare Baccarat 1989 numbered edition (#32) stunning eight row concentric closepack in red. From 1986-1989 Baccarat went through a phase where they included four designs within their numbered edition weights every year – all four (carpet ground with signs of the zodiac, interlacing trefoils, concentric closepacks, and double overlay concentric mushrooms) were of the same color scheme each year – 1986 - blue, 1987 – yellow, 1988 – green, and 1989 – red.  Drawn in staves. Cane “B1989” in the closepack. Engraved with the Baccarat logo on the base and “23” “1989”. With a box and original certificate of authenticity. 3 1/16 inch diameter;  2 1/4 inches tall; one pound and six ounces. Condition is excellent.  $550  


 
 

PW2624. Rare Baccarat 1988 numbered edition (#37) stunning eight row close concentric weight in green From 1986-1989 Baccarat went through a phase where they included four designs within their numbered edition weights every year – all four (carpet ground with signs of the zodiac, interlacing trefoils, concentric closepacks, and double overlay concentric mushrooms) were of the same color scheme each year – 1986 - blue, 1987 – yellow, 1988 – green, and 1989 – red. These are millefiori weights made at the peak of the art form by the masters of millefiori. Drawn-in staves. Cane “B1988” in the carpet ground. Engraved with the Baccarat logo on the base and “37” “1988”. 3 3/16 inch diameter;  2 3/8 inches tall; one pound and nine ounces. Condition is excellent.  $550 SOLD

 

PW2625. Rare Baccarat 1988 numbered edition (#28) stunning zodiac carpet ground in green. From 1986-1989 Baccarat went through a phase where they included four designs within their numbered edition weights every year – all four (carpet ground with signs of the zodiac, interlacing trefoils, concentric closepacks, and double overlay concentric mushrooms) were of the same color scheme each year – 1986 - blue, 1987 – yellow, 1988 – green, and 1989 – red.  These are millefiori weights made at the peak of the art form by the masters of millefiori. (Antique Baccarat carpet grounds generally fetch between ten and twenty thousand dollars and are nowhere near as perfect as these.) Drawn in staves. Cane “B1988” in the closepack. Engraved with the Baccarat logo on the base and “28” “1988”. Comes with a box and original certificate of authenticity. 3 1/4 inch diameter;  2 3/8 inches tall; one pound and eight ounces. Condition is excellent.  $600 SOLD

 
 
 
 

PW2102. Rare Baccarat 1970 Mushroom Weight with fancy cutting Numbered Edition Museum Piece. Possibly one-of-a-kind. Eight row concentric closepack mushroom double overlay fancy cut. Signature/date cane in row above staves “B1970”. There are not many makers alive today who can do this amazing work. Condition excellent. Based engraved with “1970” and “164” which is the number of all weights made that year to that date. 3 1/16 inch diameter; 2 inches tall; one pound and three ounces.  $475


PW2950. High dome Baccarat 1968 Zodiac Church Weight Museum Piece. Nicely balanced with color and design in the canes. An all-around nice example of a ’68 Zodiac. Date cane 1968 and etched Baccarat logo on base. Condition is excellent. 2 15/16 inch diameter; 2 inches tall; one pound and two ounces.  $650

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