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.
This Clichy paperweight features concentric millefiori and a large pink and green Rose with a turquoise and white double overlay. Millefiore paperweights, first manufactured in Venice, consist of sections from rods of colored glass encased in a clear, colorless sphere. By the mid-nineteenth century, glass factories elsewhere in Europe were emulating the millefiore style.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
paperweight
date made
1845-1850
maker
Clichy
Physical Description
glass, transparent (overall material)
cut (joint piece production method/technique)
millifiori (joint piece production method/technique)
overlay (joint piece production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 2 1/4 in x 3 1/8 in; 5.715 cm x 7.9375 cm
place made
France: Île-de-France, Clichy-la-Garenne
ID Number
CE*67.234
catalog number
67.234
accession number
213138
subject
Paperweights
Art
Domestic Furnishings
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Paperweights
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Mrs. Florence E. Bushee

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