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.
Pink and green, green and white, and yellow rose canes, and a “C” signature cane over a latticinio (latticework) ground decorate this Clichy glass paperweight.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1845-1850
maker
Clichy
place made
France: Île-de-France, Clichy-la-Garenne
Physical Description
glass, transparent (overall material)
millifiori (joint piece production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 1 3/4 in x 2 21/32 in; 4.445 cm x 6.731 cm
ID Number
CE.66.11
catalog number
66.11
collector/donor number
176
accession number
268356
Credit Line
Mrs. Florence E. Bushee
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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