A BACCARAT FACETED BUTTERFLY AND BLOSSOM WEIGHT
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 2… 顯示更多 THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN The seemingly endless variations in glass paperweight design makes the art of collecting these small microcosms of beauty completely compulsive. Although the concept of weighting down paper can seem antiquated in our modern computer age, collectors are drawn to the intricate 'lampwork' and 'millefiori' and the human touch evident in each weight. Millefiori canes are made of coloured glass which are squeezed into layers in iron moulds, stretched at either end with pontils. When cooled, the canes are broken into smaller pieces which display motifs such as stars, silhouettes and animals as well as the usual flower heads. The most desirable canes are the most complex, made of many individual motifs which take hours to create. Lampworking involves the use of a gas fuelled torch to melt tubes of clear and coloured glass which are blown and shaped by tools and hand movements. Each petal, stem, or element is designed piece by piece and placed together to be encased in crystal. This small and select group comprises examples from two of the most sought after French glasshouses, St Louis and Baccarat, including a very rare design of which only two other examples are known. In addition, there are two weights by the Scotland-based Paul (ne Pablo) Ysart (1904-1991), widely regarded a pioneer of modern paperweight making as a result of his mastery of traditional techniques and motifs.
A BACCARAT FACETED BUTTERFLY AND BLOSSOM WEIGHT

MID-19TH CENTURY

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A BACCARAT FACETED BUTTERFLY AND BLOSSOM WEIGHT
MID-19TH CENTURY
The clear glass set with a butterfly in profile, the insect composed of a translucent deep-purple body, amethyst legs, black head, turquoise and white eye and teal antennae, each upright multi-coloured mottled wing centering a large red and white millifiori quatrefoil cane, perched on a short green stem issuing two leaves and a budding white striated bellflower, cut with a top circular window and six side printies above a star-cut base
3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm.) diam.
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The present example, depicting a mid-19th century Baccarat butterfly in profile with folded wings, is one of three known. An example perched on a purple budding stem can be reviewed in Paul Jokelson's, One Hundred of the most important Paperweights, London, 1955, p. 46-47, plate 17. At the time of publication this example was considered unique. Formerly part of the Rubloff Collection, this weight is now conserved at The Art Institute of Chicago (inv. 1997.845), and illustrated by Geraldine J. Casper, Glass Paperweights, (The Art Institute of Chicago, 1991), p. 47 and 110, cat. no. 17. The only other example extant was documented in 1998 and illustrated as the catalogue front cover, when Sotheby's offered 'Important paperweights from a Private Collection', New York, 29 April 1998, lot 136. This weight is a close comparison, the most self-evident variations being the placement of the leaves and smaller size.

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