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

Recommended Items at Auction

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MURANO Art Glass Glow in the Dark Jellyfish Paperweight
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
MURANO Art Glass Glow in the Dark Jellyfish Paperweight
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$405 Bids
Large MURANO Blown Art Glass Octopus Paperweight
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Large MURANO Blown Art Glass Octopus Paperweight
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$285 Bids
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STEVEN CORREIA ART GLASS RED SUN & BIRDS PAPERWEIGHT
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
STEVEN CORREIA ART GLASS RED SUN & BIRDS PAPERWEIGHT
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$255 Bids
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RARE CHRISTOFLE CLAUDE PICASSO SILVERPLATE BRONZE SUN SCULPTURE PAPERWEIGHT
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
RARE CHRISTOFLE CLAUDE PICASSO SILVERPLATE BRONZE SUN SCULPTURE PAPERWEIGHT
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
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JOE RICE ETCHED FLORAL ART GLASS PAPERWEIGHT
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
JOE RICE ETCHED FLORAL ART GLASS PAPERWEIGHT
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
Lot of 10 art glass paper weights
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
Lot of 10 art glass paper weights
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $20- $100
$303 Bids
MURANO Art Glass Fish Tank Paperweight Candleholders
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
MURANO Art Glass Fish Tank Paperweight Candleholders
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$122 Bids
Glass bird with two paperweights, approx 17cm and smaller (3)
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Glass bird with two paperweights, approx 17cm and smaller (3)
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD20- AUD40
AUD202 Bids
Sterling Silver Pumpkin Paperweight
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Pumpkin Paperweight
by Weschler's
Est: $30- $50
$352 Bids
Leixus Signed Art Glass Paper Weight
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Leixus Signed Art Glass Paper Weight
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$62 Bids
Art Glass Paper Weight Signed Ges 10
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Art Glass Paper Weight Signed Ges 10
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$82 Bids
Three Levay Studio Iridescent Glass Paperweights
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Three Levay Studio Iridescent Glass Paperweights
by Weschler's
Est: $20- $40
$152 Bids
Twelve Sulfide Paperweights
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Twelve Sulfide Paperweights
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Ideal Buggy Co. glass paperweight
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Ideal Buggy Co. glass paperweight
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $25- $200
$201 Bid
Vintage Orient Flume Hand Blown Art Glass Peach Paperweight Signed and Numbered, EC
Jan 22, 1:00 PM EST
Vintage Orient Flume Hand Blown Art Glass Peach Paperweight Signed and Numbered, EC
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Iridescent Colored Crystal Prism Pyramid Paperweight
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Iridescent Colored Crystal Prism Pyramid Paperweight
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$61 Bid
Lalique "Rooster" Paperweight
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Lalique "Rooster" Paperweight
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$401 Bid
Three John Deacons facet cut double overlay glass paperweights,
Oct 28, 10:00 AM BST
Three John Deacons facet cut double overlay glass paperweights,
by Cheffins
Est: £100- £200
£1001 Bid
A modern St Louis crown paperweight,
Oct 28, 10:00 AM BST
A modern St Louis crown paperweight,
by Cheffins
Est: £100- £200
£1001 Bid
Five John Deacons glass paperweights,
Oct 28, 10:00 AM BST
Five John Deacons glass paperweights,
by Cheffins
Est: £100- £150
£1001 Bid
Nine Pedestal Form Paperweights
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Nine Pedestal Form Paperweights
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
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VINTAGE JANET & RICK NICHOLSON ART GLASS PAPERWEIGHT
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
VINTAGE JANET & RICK NICHOLSON ART GLASS PAPERWEIGHT
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
A modern St Louis glass paperweight,
Oct 28, 10:00 AM BST
A modern St Louis glass paperweight,
by Cheffins
Est: £80- £120
£801 Bid

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