French Weights: Saint Louis 3
Museum Quality Specimens

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 from 1952 and 1955. Paperweight production resumed there in 1965 and continues to the present, with most weights produced in limited edition.My opinion: These are great to collect - they have it all - beauty, art, and limited editions.

PW2000. EXTRA RARE Saint Louis Limited Edition (of 50) 1982 Museum Piece. This extra rare piece was made by Saint Louis exclusively for the Smithsonian Institute. While most of their limited editions for the period comprised 200-400 (and as many as 800) pieces, this was an edition of only 50. On top of that it’s a beautiful weight with a striking bouquet of blue flowers with leaves and stems over a double filigree ground. Signature cane “SL1982” on the underside of the base. Condition is Excellent. 3 1/16 inch diameter; 1 15/16 inches tall; one pound and two ounces.  $950

 
 
 

PW1759. Saint Louis Limited Edition 1976 Museum Piece. The book, The Art of the Paperweight: Saint Louis, calls this “Two Yellow Clichy-type Roses on Blue Ground.” It was produced in a limited edition of 400 pieces. I consider it to be a magnificent paperweight. Another a fine example of why I recommend collecting modern (1950s-1990s) Saint Louis paperweights. Signature cane “SL1976” in the base. Condition is excellent. 31/8 inch diameter; 2 3/8 inches tall; one pound, seven ounces.  $750

PW2270. Saint Louis MAGNUM Museum Piece Limited Edition 1990. “Hibou” (Owl) is the official name on the certificate.  This is a beautiful weight! Another great one from this company. The owl is always emblematic of wisdom. Perfect condition with box and certificate also in excellent condition although slightly musty since it is from a French collection in Normandy but has improved after being here in dry Colorado for a while. The pieces from this collection are amazing – all perfect – like taking a time machine back to the factory store. Signature cane in the ground “SL1990”. 3 1/4 inch diameter; 2 1/8 inches tall; one pound and eight ounces. $700

PW1394. Saint Louis Museum Piece 2010 Magnum Limited Edition of 75. An amazing example of modern glass art in the form of a large paperweight from one of the finest glass houses of all time – Cristalleries de Saint-Louis, France. The history of producing fine crystal paperweights at Saint Louis dates to the 1840s. This limited edition weight is called “Leo le Tigre” and is a jungle scene with a tiger in the midst of thick jungle foliage with overhanging flowers and fruits. The jungle motif is enhanced by lovely green glass and hand engraving all around. The scene is viewed through a tilted concave facet, giving it a rich and layered depth. The lampwork comprises four layers and is quite intricate. This is a fabulous work of glass art and only 75 were made, less than one for each country on earth. Signature cane “SL2010” and engraved “47/75” on the base to indicate this is the 45th of the edition of 75. I expect this edition will sell out since I ordered four in May of that year and the numbers were in the 40s. This large, heavy weight has a diameter of 3 11/16 inches; height of 3 9/16; and weighs two pounds and twelve ounces. It comes with a presentation box and certificate. Condition is new/perfect. This is my last one. $2650   

PW2039. RARE signed Saint Louis 1953  Museum Piece. Double overlay Mushroom. 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. I recently asked paperweight expert Paul Dunlop if he agreed with that number and he does. The mushroom comprises many various colorful intricate canes and is well constructed. It has five side facets and one on top and a star cut base. This one is different from other I have seen because of the very large center cane – it is composed of fourteen complex canes itself. The remainder of the canes are not as complex. The mushroom is very well made and nicely centered. Another unusual feature of this piece is the rich deep royal blue of the final enamel layer. My opinion is that every Saint Louis collection needs a few of these elusive 1952-1954 paperweights. They are not as refined in technique as the later ones but they are well made and nicely designed and, above all, they offer an important historical link between the Classical Period weights and the modern weights. It is signed with a signature cane “SL1953” which is embedded in the mushroom although the cane was put into the setup upside-down so we see it in mirror image. Condition is very good with no chips or fractures or scratches. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall; one pound and eight ounces.   $750

PW2183. Saint Louis Museum Quality Double Overlay Millefiori Mushroom. This is from 1970, the first year back in full mode collector paperweight production for Saint Louis. They obviously came prepared as the weights are all beautifully made. They were several years behind Baccarat’s paperweight revival but they caught up quickly and often surpassed their main rival. Saint Louis made only three weights that year. This one came in blue, red, pistachio, or white. The canes are precise and the mushroom is perfect. The signature cane is at the center of the mushroom: “SL1970”. Condition is excellent. 3 inch diameter; 2 1/8 inches tall; one pound and four ounces.  SOLD

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