Paperweight with Roses

Object Name: 
Paperweight with Roses

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Object Name: 
Paperweight with Roses
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Accession Number: 
Overall H: 5.6 cm, Diam (max): 8.2 cm
On Display
about 1845-1855
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Honorable and Mrs. Amory Houghton
Web Description: 
The millefiori technique used in the mid-19th century was probably little different from that perfected by glassmakers in ancient times. Thin colored glass rods, bundled to create a complex design in cross section, were softened and pulled out to form a pencil-thin cane many yards long. After the cane had been annealed, it was cut into individual slices containing the same miniature design. Many slices of different canes could be placed side by side to create a rich carpet that looked like a meadow of wildflowers. Characteristic patterns help collectors identify the makers of paperweights. Pink-petaled roses were a motif frequently used by many manufacturers. At the Clichy factory near Paris, the rose was combined with the company name to form a signature cane.
Houghton, Laura (Mrs. Amory), Source
Houghton, The Honorable Amory, Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Colorless, polychrome lead glasses; concentric rings of millefiori canes, including pink and white roses.
Extending Exhibits in the Museum Store (2003) illustrated, p. 63; BIB# AI57824
The Corning Museum of Glass and the Finger Lakes Region (1993) illustrated, p. 45, top left; BIB# 35681
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 154, P24; BIB# 35679
A Collector's Guide to Paperweights (1990) illustrated, Fig. 4, p. 17 (upper right); BIB# 98767
Paperweights from The Corning Museum of Glass (1987) illustrated, #2; BIB# 34353