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Glass Paperweights

A statement of tabletop security, the glass paperweight comes with the added advantage of being brilliantly beautiful. From multifaceted millefiori motifs to Saint Louis styles, the glass paperweight illustrates a unique aspect of luxury glass production.

First introduced around the mid-19th century, the glass paperweight took the public by storm. It achieved particular popularity in France, where the great makers from Baccarat to Pantin created captivating designs. The paperweights were relatively inexpensive to produce, yet they nevertheless became a symbol of status. As their acclaim grew, many top-end designers elevated the paperweight to an art form, creating examples that were pleasing both functionally and aesthetically.

This level of innovation continues among glass paperweight designers today. Now, no shape is off limits: from oblong to more angular styles, the glass paperweight is still as fresh and style conscious as it was one hundred years ago. Antique glass paperweights capture the spirit and beauty of bygone generations.


Quick Facts

  • The origin of the glass paperweight can be traced to Pietro Baggaglia, a Venetian glassmaker who debuted his first weights at the 1845 Industrial Exposition in Vienna
  • Late 18th-century Russian Tsar Paul I died by paperweight. While being chased by attackers in his bedchambers, he fell, causing a gilt paperweight to tumble from his writing desk
  • Waterford designer Jim O'Leary created a commemorative Star Wars-themed paperweight in response to the success of the original movie's release

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Twelve Modern Glass Paperweights and Vases (some signed)
Jan 25, 10:00 AM EST
Twelve Modern Glass Paperweights and Vases (some signed)
by Weschler's
Est: $100- $200
$1254 Bids
Grp: 25 Glass Paperweights
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Est: $400- $800
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MURANO ART GLASS RIBBON PAPER WEIGHT
Feb 23, 10:00 AM EST
MURANO ART GLASS RIBBON PAPER WEIGHT
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $50- $250
$22 Bids
ART GLASS PAPERWEIGHT LOT
Jan 29, 9:00 AM MST
ART GLASS PAPERWEIGHT LOT
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$152 Bids
Decorative Glass Paperweights, 4
Jan 27, 10:00 AM EST
Decorative Glass Paperweights, 4
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$251 Bid
(2 Pc) Signed Paperweights
Feb 01, 12:00 PM EST
(2 Pc) Signed Paperweights
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$201 Bid
Grouping of 11 Glass Paperweights
Jan 27, 12:00 PM EST
Grouping of 11 Glass Paperweights
by Willow Auction House
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
(4) Glass Millefiori Paperweights: Gentile, Armando Poggi Others
Jan 29, 11:00 AM EST
(4) Glass Millefiori Paperweights: Gentile, Armando Poggi Others
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $100- $150
$301 Bid
(4) Glass Paperweights: L.S.W. and 3 others
Jan 29, 11:00 AM EST
(4) Glass Paperweights: L.S.W. and 3 others
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $75- $100
$251 Bid
Incised Golfer Glass Paper Weight
Jan 27, 10:00 AM EST
Incised Golfer Glass Paper Weight
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
V. NASON & CO. MURANO ART GLASS PAPERWEIGHT
Jan 30, 1:00 PM EST
V. NASON & CO. MURANO ART GLASS PAPERWEIGHT
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $150- $200
$51 Bid
(4) Glass Millefiori Paperweights: Perthshire, Murano Others
Jan 29, 11:00 AM EST
(4) Glass Millefiori Paperweights: Perthshire, Murano Others
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $75- $100
$251 Bid
(4) Glass Paperweights: McKinney, S.S. Island, Don Drumm
Jan 29, 11:00 AM EST
(4) Glass Paperweights: McKinney, S.S. Island, Don Drumm
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $75- $100
$251 Bid
Art Glass Green Paperweight Art Green White 2.5" Diameter
Feb 02, 6:00 PM EST
Art Glass Green Paperweight Art Green White 2.5" Diameter
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Twenty Four Oleg Cassini Small Crystal Paperweights, MIB
Feb 02, 6:00 PM EST
Twenty Four Oleg Cassini Small Crystal Paperweights, MIB
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
(5pc) Art Glass Paperweights
Jan 29, 10:00 AM MST
(5pc) Art Glass Paperweights
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Signed Orient & Flume Art Glass Paperweight
Jan 25, 12:00 PM EST
Signed Orient & Flume Art Glass Paperweight
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
Signed Daum French Crystal Duck Bird Paperweight
Jan 29, 2:00 PM EST
Signed Daum French Crystal Duck Bird Paperweight
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $75- $150
$600 Bids
(3Pc) Art Glass Paperweight Collection
Feb 01, 12:00 PM EST
(3Pc) Art Glass Paperweight Collection
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$400 Bids
Antique souvenir paperweight made in Germany
Jan 31, 11:30 PM EST
Antique souvenir paperweight made in Germany
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $75- $100
$500 Bids
Antique high quality oriental themed paper weight
Jan 31, 11:30 PM EST
Antique high quality oriental themed paper weight
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,200
$9000 Bids
Eckhart Art Glass Paperweight
Feb 01, 12:00 PM EST
Eckhart Art Glass Paperweight
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids

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