Louis Art Glass Millefiori paperweight. A little history on why paperweights are collectible and so expensive might shed some light on this astronomical price.. The seller was Rhode Island Internet Consignment & Sales and the item sold on December 30. Check the Paperweight Collectors Association for information on conventions near you. First is Millefiori, which contain thin cross-sections of cylindrical canes made from colored rods. See the actual listing here.
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Yes, you read that right, a paperweight sold for almost $7,000! But this wasn’t just any paperweight, it was an antique St. The names of the factories where Clichy, Baccarat, and St. There are three main types of art glass paperweights that collectors find desirable. Louis Art Glass Millefiori with a ribbon and canes design. The composites usually resemble flowers, but they can be arranged in any type of design. There are actually conventions and trade shows dedicated to this hobby. These often are made to commemorate a particular person or special event.
Paperweight collecting is serious business. Cameo paperweights contain a portrait plaque in very fine detail made from ceramic. A very special one, indeed. Sometimes the item inside is made of a composite material and very closely resembles a living item, such as an insect or flora or fauna. Between 1845 and 1860, antique fine glass paperweights were produced in three factories in France. It is unlikely to find such an expensive collectible in thrift stores or estate sales, but it is always possible. The auction started at 99 cents, received 38 bids, and sold for $6,900. Lampwork glass paperweights have some sort of small item inside such as a butterfly, fruit, or flowers. Louis. (Baccarat is recognized as a maker of fine cut glass, such as decanters.) Some fine glass paperweights were also made in the United Kingdom, USA, and other countries.
The item sold on eBay was an antique 1848 St. Perhaps after reading this, interesting glass paperweights will be on your list of items to stop and research when out treasure hunting.
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Fine glass paperweights are actually considered art and can be found in museums on display