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Offline w84it

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Anyone know what this is?
« on: December 06, 2011, 04:55:32 PM »

this eBay auction has finished, but does anyone know who made it?

eBay item no.

300631138806
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Re: Anyone know what this is?
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2011, 05:24:35 PM »
Link:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/300631138806

Antique French - Clichy design with the four canes in the center, Clichy colors in base, not the normal Clichy stave basket. Canes look Clichy. Most likely Clichy but might also be St. Mande or Grenelle. Alan - your thoughts? A very good buy for the winner.


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Re: Anyone know what this is?
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2011, 06:24:05 PM »
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Hi Andy et al.

I am 99% certain that it is St Mandé or Grenelle.  It was sold recently at one of my local auction houses as part of a mixed lot with other paperweights, (where I was outbid...) before it appeared on eBay. I thought both sale prices were 'quite strong', but as I (er hmm...) have two near identical pieces in my cabinet, I am not that unhappy. ;D

What worried me about it was that it had several bruises, and the stave basket was very close to the surface (as usual in these pieces) - so good restoration may not be possible.  It had rather dirty clear glass (striations and debris) - not unusual - and the glass was rather grey - fairly typical. It is mainly the glass quality that makes me think it is St M or Grenelle rather than Clichy.  It is hard to distinguish these two factories, in part because the founder of Grenelle (Charles Bredgen) started his career at St Mandé. He then went to Finland, before returning to work at Clichy (just to complicate things further!).

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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2011, 09:36:23 AM »
do anyone have record about cooperation of Mr Jean Sala with St Louis factory for paperweight trials
appreciate any useful information
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Re: Anyone know what this is?
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2011, 12:26:33 PM »
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Here is a quick image of the two similar weights I own.

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