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A MASSIVE BACCARAT CLOSE MILLEFIORI GLASS NEWEL POST

SIGNED AND DATED B 1848

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A MASSIVE BACCARAT CLOSE MILLEFIORI GLASS NEWEL POST
Signed and dated B 1848
Comprising tightly packed brightly colored canes, including silhouettes of a cockerel, peahen, dog, horse, man, goat, deer, swan and butterfly among honeycomb, stars, arrowheads, trefoils, shamrocks and whorl canes, the stem set in a short metal circular socle mount
9¾ in. (24.8 cm.) high, 6 in. (15.3 cm.) diameter
Provenance
With Asprey, Ltd., London, 1989.
Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London, 2 March 1993, lot 140.
Literature
D. Battie and S. Cottle (ed.), Sotheby's Concise Encyclopedia of Glass, London, 1991, p. 137.
D. Tarshis, 'Objets Extraordinaires: French Tazze and Newel Post Finials, 1847-1860', PCA Bulletin, 1993-1994, pp. 24-29.
Exhibited
International Art Treasures Exhibition, Bath, England, 1973, no. 436 (exhibition label)
J.A. Bruhn, Designs in Miniature: The Story of Mosaic Glass, The Corning Museum of Glass, New York, 1995.
D. Tarshis, Objects of Fantasy: Glass Inclusions of the Nineteenth Century, The Corning Museum of Glass, New York, 2001, p. 8-9, no. 2.

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The present example is approximately three times the size of the average close millefiori weight and presented extraordinary challenges to produce even for the august firm Baccarat. Their records indicate a production time of two years.

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