French Weights: Saint Louis
museum quality

French Paperweights by Saint Louis (Compagnie des Cristalleries de Saint Louis). One of the greatest glassworks of all time, Saint Louis, located in Moselle, Lorraine, France, began producing crystal paperweights in the 1840s. They continued producing fine paperweights until about 1867. Due to increased collector interest, Saint Louis went about the task of re-learning the art of crystal paperweight manufacture in the early 1950s. An estimated 300-400 lampwork and millefiori weights were made there between 1952 and 1955. Paperweight production resumed at Saint Louis in 1965 and continues to the present, with most weights produced in limited edition.


Saint Louis is a division of Hermes. 

PW2223. Saint Louis Museum Piece Limited Edition from 1986. Crown a baguettes violette, roses et filigranees blanches. Elegant crown with violet, red/pink, and white filigree canes. Excellent condition with box and certificate in good condition although slightly musty since it is from a French collection in Normandy. The pieces from this collection are amazing – all perfect – like taking a time machine back to the factory store. Signature cane in the top, center  “SL1986”. 3 inch diameter; 2 3/16 inches tall; one pound and three ounces. $575

PW2201. Saint Louis Museum Piece Limited Edition of 450 from 1983. “Coeur sur fond mauve – heart on mauve ground” is the official name. Six lovely flowers in a heart-shaped garland over an attractive mauve ground. Perfect condition with box and certificate also in pretty good condition although slightly musty since it is from a French collection in Normandy. The pieces from this collection are amazing – all perfect – like taking a time machine back to the factory store. Signature cane in the base “SL1983”. 2 15/16 inch diameter; 2 1/16 inches tall; one pound and one ounce. $400

PW3193. Saint Louis/Hermes 1991 Super Magnum Museum Piece. Limited edition of 150. “King.” Extra magnum size pedestal crown. A classic crown weight to outdo all others. Signed with a signature cane at the top -  “SL1991”. Condition is excellent. 4 inch diameter; 5 inches tall; four pounds.  $1400

PW3133. Saint Louis/Hermes 1999 Magnum Museum Piece. Limited edition of only 150. This intricate dove of peace brings you an olive branch. Many tiny complex canes. Faceted one and six.  Numbered 25/150 and signed with a signature cane in the carpet ground  “SL1999”. Has box – okay condition, no cert. Condition is excellent. 3 1/4 inch diameter; 2 1/8 inches tall; one pound and eight ounces.  $700

PW2185. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1975 Magnum Museum Piece. “Double Overlay Bouquet” - Signature cane “SL1975”. Condition is Perfect/Pristine/Like New. Comes with box (nice but for one split edge) and certificate of delivery. 3 1/16 inch diameter; 2 1/4  inches tall; one pound, six ounces.  $275

 
 
 

PW479. Saint Louis. 1954  Museum piece. Queen Anne Cherries and leaves on branch over a double reverse white spiral on clear ground. This is a rare Saint Louis, made in the decade after World War 2 when the company was just getting back into production. The first paperweight Saint Louis manufactured in the Twentieth Century was in 1952. According to the expert on Saint Louis  paperweights, Gerard Ingold, in his book, The Art of the Paperweight: Saint Louis, "it is estimated that only three to four hundred pieces exist from the years 1952-1955", which makes this an extremely rare museum piece. The glass is bright and clear and the green of the leaves complements the yellow fruit. Condition is a perfect dome with some shelf wear. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 1 7/8 inches tall; 1 pound, two ounces.   $450

 
 

PW115. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1975 Museum Piece. “Hawaiian Millefiori” limited edition of 450 pieces. Saint Louis produced 4 limited edition weights in 1975. The Dictionary of American Paperweights calls this weight “one of the most striking and popular weights made by Saint Louis during the twentieth century”, and it is easy to see why. Signature cane “SL1975” in a ring of red stars. Condition is excellent with minimal shelf wear. 3 inch diameter; 2 1/8 inches tall; one pound, four ounces.  $450


 
 

PW1241. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1978 Magnum Museum Piece. “Carpet ground with Four Silhouette Canes” limited edition of 350 pieces. Saint Louis produced 4 limited edition weights in 1978. Signature cane “SL1978”. Condition is Perfect/Pristine/Like New. 3 1/4 inch diameter; 2 1/4  inches tall; one pound, eight ounces.  $400


 
 

PW1247. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1977 Museum Piece. “Five Flowers on Clear Ground.” Limited edition of 450 pieces. Saint Louis produced 4 limited edition weights in 1977. Signature cane “SL1977”. Condition is Perfect/Pristine/Like New. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 1/8  inches tall; one pound, five ounces.  $475

PW2121. Saint Louis Limited Edition 2007 MAGNUM Museum Piece. “Clematis” limited edition of 100 pieces. Stunning multi-tiered clematis with white center over a leafy on white ground. This complex piece was built over numerous hours working over a lampworking steel plate and many trips to the furnace. It has  eight levels: the white ground, loose leaves on the white ground, four layers of blue petals, and two layers of white petals. It’s clearly the work of a skilled, experienced craftsman. Signature cane “SL2007” in the ground. Condition is Excellent. 3 5/16 inch diameter; 2 9/16 inches tall; one pound and thirteen ounces.  $750

PW2280. Saint Louis Magnum Museum Piece Limited Edition 1992 of 150. Fascination is the official name on the certificate – it translates to fascination, oddly enough, another word we stole from the French. This is a killer weight! This is a must for any top Saint Louis collection. There were 150 made which is a low edition, not quit enough for one of these for one person is every country. This is probably bigger than you expect – everything about it is beautifully done, from the ornate beehive faceting to the etched grid on the base. Perfect condition with box and certificate also in excellent condition although slightly musty since it is from a French collection in Normandy but it has improved much since being here in dry Colorado for a few years. The pieces from this collection are amazing – all perfect – like taking a time machine back to the factory store. Signature cane in the ground “SL1992”  and engraved 20/150 in lower side. 3 1/2 inch diameter; 3 9/16 inches tall; two pounds and eleven ounces. $1500

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