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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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Very Fine Art Glass Paperweight Estate Collection
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Very Fine Art Glass Paperweight Estate Collection
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Carlo Moretti (Santa Maria Rossa, 1908 - Garbagnate Milanese, 1952) Paperweight for Bulgari
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Carlo Moretti (Santa Maria Rossa, 1908 - Garbagnate Milanese, 1952) Paperweight for Bulgari
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Gustav Klimt (d'après) - Judith Presse-papiers
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Gustav Klimt (d'après) - Judith Presse-papiers
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ANTIQUE SANDWICH POINSETTIA LAMPWORK PAPERWEIGHT,
Oct 14, 9:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE SANDWICH POINSETTIA LAMPWORK PAPERWEIGHT,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $100- $200
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ANTIQUE NEW ENGLAND ATTRIBUTED UPRIGHT POINSETTIA LAMPWORK ART GLASS PAPERWEIGHT,
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ANTIQUE NEW ENGLAND ATTRIBUTED UPRIGHT POINSETTIA LAMPWORK ART GLASS PAPERWEIGHT,
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UNIQUE MIKE HUNTER (SCOTTISH, B. 1958) CAT SILHOUETTE CONCENTRIC MILLEFIORI PAPERWEIGHT,
Oct 13, 9:00 AM EDT
UNIQUE MIKE HUNTER (SCOTTISH, B. 1958) CAT SILHOUETTE CONCENTRIC MILLEFIORI PAPERWEIGHT,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
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JIM D'ONOFRIO (AMERICAN, B. 1951) SIAMESE CAT AND MOUSE LAMPWORK PAPERWEIGHT,
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JIM D'ONOFRIO (AMERICAN, B. 1951) SIAMESE CAT AND MOUSE LAMPWORK PAPERWEIGHT,
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Oct 13, 9:00 AM EDT
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by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $1,000- $2,000
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Oct 13, 9:00 AM EDT
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by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
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Oct 13, 9:00 AM EDT
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by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
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Oct 13, 9:00 AM EDT
KEN ROSENFELD (AMERICAN, B. 1950) FROG AND FLOWER LAMPWORK PAPERWEIGHT,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
JULIE SCRUTTON LEWIS ARTIST PROOF (AMERICAN, XX/XXI) CONCENTRIC MILLEFIORI PAPERWEIGHT,
Oct 13, 9:00 AM EDT
JULIE SCRUTTON LEWIS ARTIST PROOF (AMERICAN, XX/XXI) CONCENTRIC MILLEFIORI PAPERWEIGHT,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
ANTIQUE CLICHY CHEQUER MILLEFIORI PAPERWEIGHT,
Oct 13, 9:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE CLICHY CHEQUER MILLEFIORI PAPERWEIGHT,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
ASSORTED CZECH UPRIGHT FLORAL PAPERWEIGHTS, LOT OF THREE,
Oct 13, 9:00 AM EDT
ASSORTED CZECH UPRIGHT FLORAL PAPERWEIGHTS, LOT OF THREE,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $50- $100
$301 Bid
WILLIAM MANSON (SCOTTISH, B. 1951) FIRE LIZARD LAMPWORK PAPERWEIGHT,
Oct 13, 9:00 AM EDT
WILLIAM MANSON (SCOTTISH, B. 1951) FIRE LIZARD LAMPWORK PAPERWEIGHT,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
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Oct 13, 9:00 AM EDT
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by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
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Oct 13, 9:00 AM EDT
WILLIAM MANSON (SCOTTISH, B. 1951) FROG AND POND LAMPWORK PAPERWEIGHT,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
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Oct 13, 9:00 AM EDT
WILLIAM MANSON (SCOTTISH, B. 1951) SNAKE AND BONES LAMPWORK PAPERWEIGHT,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
WILLIAM MANSON (SCOTTISH, B. 1951) SNAKE LAMPWORK PAPERWEIGHT,
Oct 13, 9:00 AM EDT
WILLIAM MANSON (SCOTTISH, B. 1951) SNAKE LAMPWORK PAPERWEIGHT,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
WILLIAM MANSON (SCOTTISH, B. 1951) STINGRAY LAMPWORK PAPERWEIGHT,
Oct 13, 9:00 AM EDT
WILLIAM MANSON (SCOTTISH, B. 1951) STINGRAY LAMPWORK PAPERWEIGHT,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $100- $200
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Sellers Who Sell Glass Paperweights


Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

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Akiba Antiques

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