Paperweight sells for six times estimate

A stunning Baccarat style paperweight (lot 1264) has sold for six times its estimate in the April British & Continental Ceramics & Glass Auction. 

In the 19th century, the French manufacturer Baccarat produced designs based on the Italian ‘millefiori’ or ‘thousand flowers’ technique that involved the production of glass canes or rods with multi-coloured patterns. The intricate designs within the rods are magnified when they are cut and placed within the paperweight. Lot 1264 perfectly showcases this technique. The paperweight has a well centred design with six spaced circlets of various millefiori, in mint green, pale pink and blue, set within a sodden snow ground surrounding a central red and yellow ruffle cane. At 8.5cm wide and 6cm high, the paperweight is an impressive size and weight.

Consigned by a private vendor, the delightfully pretty paperweight was estimated at an impressive £500-800. However, after exciting competition from the internet, the hammer finally fell at a whooping £3,200 to a bidder on the telephone.

Could your paperweight be worth this much? For a complimentary auction valuation contact Hannah on 0141 810 2880 or


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