Paperweight Bottle with Stopper

Object Name: 
Paperweight Bottle with Stopper

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Object Name: 
Paperweight Bottle with Stopper
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
2009.3.9 B
Overall H: 19.4 cm; Bottle H: 14.6 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Dena Tarshis
Web Description: 
These two bottles were probably made to contain perfume. They combine two pairs of glassmaking techniques: (1) blowing and cutting crystal glass and (2) flameworking and encasing paperweights. The Saint-Louis glasshouse was highly regarded for both of these processes. In the mid-19th century, it set the fashion for colorful floral paperweights. The disk in the base of each of these bottles, like the flowers in its stopper, was pre-assembled from opaque colored canes. The bottles themselves are made of decolorized lead glass. This glass was first used in continental Europe by Saint-Louis in 1781, following its successful introduction by British glasshouses, and it was perfected and widely produced as late as 1830 to 1848. The Compagnie des Cristalleries de Saint-Louis was registered under that name in 1829, but the firm was formed from glasshouses that had been founded in Münzthal, northern Lorraine, in 1586, and re-established under the patronage of King Louis XV in 1767. This rare pair of bottles was bequeathed by Dena K. Tarshis, a longtime friend of the Museum, president of its Fellows, and a passionate and knowledgeable collector of glass. For more on the Saint-Louis glasshouse, see Gérard Ingold, From Glass to Crystal Glass: The Story of Saint Louis, 1586–1986, Paris: Denoël, 1986.
Tarshis, Dena K. (d. 2009), Source
Tarshis, Julius (d. 2006), Source
Primary Description: 
Blown and cut colorless glass with flat floral bouquet in base, each stopper with pink flower in top.
Hermes Salutes Saint-Louis
New York
Presse-Papiers Francais
Kaplan Gallery
New York-New Jersey Chapter, Paperweight Collectors’ Association
Flowers Which Clothe the Meadows
Corning Museum of Glass 1978-04-26 through 1978-10-21
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2009 (2010) illustrated, p. 27, #17; BIB# AI79879
Objects of Fantasy: Glass Inclusions of the Nineteenth Century (2001) illustrated, p. 108, no. 62; back cover; BIB# 68390
Presse-papiers Francais (1986) #10; BIB# 33757
Presse-papiers Francais (1986) #10; BIB# 78600
Always Worth Its Weight (1983) illustrated, p. 33; BIB# AI11735