French Weights: Clichy 
museum quality glass paperweights

French Paperweights by Clichy. The Clichy-la-Garenne Glassworks began to produce glass paperweights in the outskirts of Paris in the 1840s and continued until about 1870. No paperweights more beautiful than these have ever been made.


PW2002. Clichy Classical Period (c. 1845-1860) 37-cane spaced on opaque purple color ground Museum piece. One of the finest color ground weights you’ll ever see. This is a stunning piece – made by a skilled glass worker. This color ground is one of eighteen Clichy color grounds described by Dunlop. The purple is a dark shade and makes a great backdrop for the colorful canes. The canes are complex and gorgeous with three roses. The dome of this weight is in perfect condition. I am sure it was professionally polished at some point because the basal rim shows wear commensurate with age. 3 1/16 inch diameter; 2 1/16 inches tall; one pound and four ounces. SOLD

PW2710. Clichy Classical Period (c. 1845-1860) Magnum 37-cane spaced on crystal ground Museum piece. The canes (arranged 4-5-6-7-6-5-4) are especially bright and color-rich in this pristine glass paperweight. They include a white rose, a pink rose, and two edelweiss canes. The weight is in perfect condition, a top representative of the genre.  It was professionally polished. 3 3/16 inch diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall High Dome; one pound and eight ounces. SOLD

PW1680. Clichy Sodden Snow concentric closepack with 54 canes Museum Piece (circa 1850). The Clichy sodden snow paperweight is a classic beauty, a design conceived to showcase their elegant, intricate, colorful canes against a pristine white background. The name comes from the appearance that the canes were pressed into sodden snow and on this one you can see the impressions from the bottom side. This one is a true concentric packed with four rows of canes in a dazzling display of color, shape, and texture. Condition is excellent with expected wear to basal ring. 3 1/16 inch diameter; 1 7/8 inches tall; one pound and two ounces.   $2400

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PW2098. Clichy Museum Piece (circa 1850). Stunning spaced concentric on clear ground. This is a beautiful Clichy with an artistic pattern of colorful canes; the five blue canes in the outside row have some of the finest color of all antique weights and are set off by five pairs of white edelweiss florets. It would be fair to call all of the canes in this piece florets—canes intended to represent flowers. Condition is perfect; obviously it has been repolished to perfection by an expert. 2 1/4 inch diameter; 1 1/2 inches tall; eight ounces.  $350

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PW2099. Clichy Museum Piece (circa 1850). Spaced concentric on clear ground. This is a small one with a nice set of classic Clichy canes. Condition is very good and it appears to be one of the rare Clichy weights left in original condition. It has light surface scratches, a tiny collapsed surface bubble below the setup line, appropriate wear to the basal rim, and a tiny 3 mm chip on the rim.  1 13/16 inch diameter; 1 3/8 inches tall; five ounces.  $150

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PW246. Clichy Museum Piece (circa 1850). Spaced concentric on clear ground. A beautiful weight with a red Clichy rose at the center. As a three row concentric on clear, this is a stunning example of the best Clichy workmanship. It is delicate with all floret canes, including seven edelweiss canes around the rose. Condition is flawlessly polished, and it's a nice cabinet size piece. 2 9/16 inch diameter; 1 13/16 inches tall; thirteen ounces.  $950

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PW231. Clichy Museum Piece. 1845-1860 The Classical Period for French paperweights. This is a stunning example of the beautiful work produced by Clichy during that period. It is a small weight with a high dome, artfully executed with a beautiful design. 18 edelweiss canes! The bright red within the large blue canes of the outer row is particularly eye-catching. There is wear to the basal ring but otherwise the condition is very good to excellent with just minor issues to the dome that are not apparent to the naked eye. Considering it is about 150 years old, the condition is remarkable. 2 3/8 inch diameter; 1 7/8 inches tall; 11.5 ounces.  $685

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