Saint Louis antique weights
museum pieces

French: Saint Louis antique

 
 
 
 

PW1203. Saint Louis Museum Piece, circa 1850. Dahlia. Provenance is The Collection of Swiss Baroness de Bellet, a three-generation collection of some of the finest French paperweights ever made. Condition: perfect (thanks to Ed Poore).  2 3/4 inch diameter; 2 inches tall; one pound and one ounce. $1750

 
 
 
 

PW912. Saint Louis Classical Period Cherries on Stem Museum Piece (1845 to 1860). This is an excellent example of the few remaining Saint Louis Cherry weights in such elegant condition. Multiple concave windows turn the simple design into a remarkable work of dazzling glass art. It is nicely made with luscious cherries and exact faceting – appropriate wear to the basal ring. Other than the base which has minimal indications of wear, condition is excellent. At 3 1/8 inches in diameter, this is a large weight; 2 1/4 inches tall; one pound and five ounces. $1150

PW1537. Saint Louis Antique Classical Period Museum Piece (circa 1850). Mixed fruit over white double spiral filigree cushion/basket. One very similar to this is illustrated in The Dictionary of Glass Paperweights on page 147. This is a nice large cabinet piece in excellent condition. The fruit are well made, the subject is well centered, and the double filigree cushion is perfect. The way this was made has the filigree as a basket containing the fruit – very unusual and a nice treatment for the subject, making this an exceptional Saint Louis fruit weight. The cherries have a lovely translucence. Condition is excellent with minimal signs of wear only to the basal ring. A similar piece resides in the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum and is pictured in their book Glass Paperweights of the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum. Large at 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall (high dome); one pound and eight ounces (massive).  $975

PW2095. Saint Louis Antique Classical Period Museum Piece (circa 1850). Five turnips in three colors. I supposed turnips were an important food crop in 1850. One very similar to this is illustrated in The Dictionary of Glass Paperweights on page 339 which notes that turnips are “an uncommon design from Saint Louis….” This is a fine cabinet piece in excellent condition. The double filigree cushion is perfect. A similar piece resides in the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum and is pictured in their book Glass Paperweights of the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum. Condition is excellent with minimal signs of wear only to the basal ring. 2 1/2 inch diameter; 1 7/8 inches tall; thirteen ounces.  $525

 

PW1324. Saint Louis Museum Piece, circa 1850. Pansy with star-cut base - uncommon. We usually think Baccarat when we see antique pansy weights but Saint Louis (and Clichy) made some as well. Condition: perfect on the dome with basal rim wear and a small nick to the star-cut base – overall excellent. The colors and symmetry make this an exceptional paperweight. 2 5/8 inch diameter; 1 13/16 inches tall; fourteen ounces. $1450

PW1397. Saint Louis Antique Classical Period Museum Piece (circa 1850). The famous and beautiful Saint Louis fuchsia. As noted in The Dictionary of Glass Paperweights, “This uncommon flower is one of the more attractive blossoms to be made by Saint Louis.” This is a nice large cabinet piece in excellent condition. The flower and two buds are well made and the double filigree ground is perfect. A similar piece resides in the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum and is pictured in their book Glass Paperweights of the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum. Condition is excellent with minimal signs of wear only to the base. 2 7/8 inch diameter; 2 1/8 inches tall; one pound and three ounces.  $1875


 

PW1430. Saint Louis Antique Classical Period Museum Piece (circa 1850). Two wild strawberries with blossom over white double spiral filigree ground.  One very similar to this is illustrated in The Dictionary of Glass Paperweights on page 321. This is a nice large cabinet piece in excellent condition. The fruit and blossom are well made and well centered and the double filigree cushion is perfect. Condition is excellent with minimal signs of wear only to the base. 2 15/16 inch diameter; 2 1/8 inches tall; one pound and four ounces.  $2250

 
 

PW1465. Saint Louis Museum Piece, circa 1850. Pelargonium. Americans usually call these flowers geraniums, but for some reason in paperweights we call them by the stuffy title pelargonium. This is an uncommon flower in antique weights, especially in excellent original condition such as this one. Condition: excellent original with very slight wear including wear to the basal rim, light scratches, and some tiny nicks – amazingly superior condition for an antique weight. 2 11/16 inch diameter; 1 15/16 inches tall; one pound. $1500

PW1467. Saint Louis Classical Period Museum Piece circa 1850. Saint Louis produced some of the finest paperweights of the Classical Period and this is a nice one. Double clematis with four leaves over a double spiral filigree cushion.  Condition is excellent - beautifully polished to perfection by a master craftsman. 2 1/2 inch diameter; 1 13/16 inches tall; twelve ounces.  $650


PW3217. Saint Louis circa 1850 Museum Piece. These are called End of Day weights because the craftsmen at the end of the day would gather scraps from the day’s work and gather them into a paperweight. This one has the added touch of an underlying layer of muslin filigree. Bright and colorful. Condition is very nice for a rare example that is in original, unrestored condition. It has scratches, a few nibbles, and a surface bruise toward the base. The top of the dome is a little lumpy from the making. Even wear on the basal ring. Please examine the images. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 7/16 inches tall; one pound and eight ounces.   $400