Millefiori Glass Paperweights



2015-06-26 10:40:36

Millefiori Glass Paperweights are highly popular and collectible paperweights.


Brief history and description

Millefiori glass paperweights were typically produced in Bohemia (or the modern-day Czech Republic) and were influenced by Venetian paperweights which became increasingly popular during the 1840s.

Millefiori paperweights usually depict colourful floral patterns or three-dimentional collages in order for the viewer to see layered patterns inside of the paperweight. 19th century French paperweights were also influenced by this pattern, and these paperweights are considered highly collectible today.

Clichy pattern paperweights were also popular in 19th century France, and held a trademark of a cane rose which resembled the letter "C." (Similar to how Baccarat patterned paperweights carry the letter "B," while St. Louis-style canes spell out the letters "SL").

Guide for collectors

Clichy patterned Millefiori glass paperweights as well as Saint Louis patterned Millefiori paperweightsare considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors.

Restoration of a Millefiori glass paperweight is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring a Millefiori glass paperweight may reduce its value.

For more information regarding Millefiori glass paperweights, visit the Blenko Museum website or the Cloud Glass Reference Site.


Antique Millefiori glass paperweights

Pook & Pook, Inc. in Downington, Pennsylvania sold an antique Millefiori glass paperweight for $700 in April of 2010.

John McInnis Auctioneers in Amesbury, MA sold a 19th century Millefiori glass paperweight for $2,500 in July of 2010.

Clichy patterned Millefiori glass paperweights

Sotheby's in London sold a Clichy patterned Millefiori moss-ground paperweight for £8,400 in June of 2004.

Bonham's in Knightsbridge sold a Clichy close patterned Millefiori glass paperweight (circa mid 19th century) for £600 in May of 2005.

Paul Ysart flower patterned Millefiori glass paperweights

Alderfer Auction Company in Hatfield, Pennsylvania sold a Paul Ysart flower and garland Millefiori glass paperweight featuring a double-tiered pink and green flower for $650 in September of 2003.

Saint Louis patterned Millefiori glass paperweights

Doyle New York sold a Saint Louis patterned Millefiorini glass paperweight for $1,100 in September of 2005.

Millefiori glass paperweight vases

Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH in Munich, Germany sold a Millefiori paperweight/vase for €8,500 in October of 2011.

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