Paperweight with Floral Sheaf

Object Name: 
Paperweight with Floral Sheaf

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Object Name: 
Paperweight with Floral Sheaf
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 7 cm, Diam (max): 10.2 cm
On Display
about 1852-1874
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Honorable and Mrs. Amory Houghton
Web Description: 
A few American glasshouses were quick to capitalize on the popularity of paperweights. Examples from the New England Glass Company and the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company in Massachusetts appeared in 1852, and production there continued through the 1870s. Letters, company invoices, and price lists confirm that these factories made substantial numbers of paperweights. They were frequently created by craftsmen who had been apprentices at Baccarat, Saint Louis, and Murano. These workers copied and revised floral patterns and latticed backgrounds that had been introduced by such French glasshouses as Saint Louis and Clichy. One New England weight features a lampworked bouquet of flowers, fruit, and foliage on a double-spiral white lattice ground.
Houghton, The Honorable Amory (American, 1926-2020), Source
Houghton, Laura (Mrs. Amory), Source
Primary Description: 
Colorless, polychrome lead glass (probably); lampworked; fused murrine; furnace-worked and cased, elaborate sheaf of flowers, fruit and foliage, on a double-spiral white filigree ground.
Corning Museum of Glass 2006-11-16 through 2007-03-18
West Bridge Exhibit
Flowers Which Clothe the Meadows
Corning Museum of Glass 1978-04-26 through 1978-10-21
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 166, P49; BIB# 35679
Paperweights from The Corning Museum of Glass (1987) illustrated, #14; BIB# 34353
Flower Pictures in Glass (1979-12) illustrated, p. 223;
Paperweights: Flowers Which Clothe the Meadows (1978) illustrated, pp. 93, 157, #255; BIB# 20097