St. Louis or Clichy Paperweight

Description (Brief)
In the 1700s, paperweights made from textured stone or bronze were part of the writer’s tool kit, which also included a quill pen and stand, inkpot, and blotter. By the mid-1800s, decorative paperweights produced by glassmakers in Europe and the United States became highly desired collectibles.
Decorative glass paperweights reflected the 19th-century taste for intricate, over-the-top designs. Until the spread of textiles colorized with synthetic dyes, ceramics and glass were among the few objects that added brilliant color to a 19th-century Victorian interior. The popularity of these paperweights in the 1800s testifies to the sustained cultural interest in hand craftsmanship during an age of rapid industrialization.
The French firm, Verrerie de Clichy, began operation after merging with another local glassworks in 1837. The height of paperweight production at the firm was 1846 to 1857. Glass production at Saint Louis was authorized by Louis XV in 1767. By 1782 the firm was creating high quality glass crystal, progressing into pressed glass in the 1800s. St. Louis produced paperweights from 1845 to about 1867.
This paperweight was probably made at St. Louis or Clichy. It features a bouquet of deep pink flowers with one red bud, and a star-cut base.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
paperweight
date made
mid 1800s
maker
St. Louis
Physical Description
glass, transparent (overall material)
cut (joint piece production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 2 1/8 in x 3 3/32 in; 5.3975 cm x 7.874 cm
ID Number
CE*67.228
catalog number
67.228
accession number
213138
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Home and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Domestic Furnishings
Art
Paperweights
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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