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1853 L'Eglise Baccarat found in cornerstone of church
« on: September 14, 2017, 02:08:14 AM »
Hi All,

Out of curiosity, I have been looking on-line to try to find a photograph of the famous 1853 L'Eglise Baccarat that was found in the cornerstone of a bombed church:

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Extract from an article in the artnewsnviews website:

The most famous of these paperweights is perhaps the L'Eglise Baccarat of 1853. This paperweight was originally set in the foundation of the Baccarat Church. The church was bombed during the Second World War, yet, miraculously, the paperweight remained intact. The canes are intricately flower-patterned and are packed at the base of the piece.

Has anyone ever seen a photograph of this actual 1853 L'Eglise Baccarat paperweight?  Is it in a museum collection now, or did they put it back into the cornerstone of the church?  I have often read references to it, but I have never been able to find a photograph of the actual paperweight.  If anyone has a lead on photograph of it, I would appreciate it.

(I guess it must have looked similar to this 1853 Baccarat in the Corning Museum of Glass):
 http://www.cmog.org/artwork/paperweight-315

Thanks!

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Re: 1853 L'Eglise Baccarat found in cornerstone of church
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2017, 07:12:44 AM »
Hello,

I would have to ask around to confirm but I suspect it's the one that graces the cover of the October, 1954, Vol. 1 No. 2 Paperweight Collectors Association Bulletin.

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Re: 1853 L'Eglise Baccarat found in cornerstone of church
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2017, 12:07:52 PM »
Wow, Eric!  That is amazing that you could so quickly identify a 1954 bulletin that included the L'Eglise Baccarat!  Did the article say what happened to the paperweight?  Is it in a museum or did it go back into the cornerstone?
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Re: 1853 L'Eglise Baccarat found in cornerstone of church
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2017, 04:19:25 PM »
Yes this is the cover.
The article, written by M. de Poncins, who was General Manager of Baccarat at the time, only retells the story of the paperweight being placed placed (along with other objects) in the cornerstone of the church and the destruction of the church. It does not say what happened to the weight.

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Re: 1853 L'Eglise Baccarat found in cornerstone of church
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2017, 05:12:18 PM »
Hi gleaming,

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Re: 1853 L'Eglise Baccarat found in cornerstone of church
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2017, 07:14:41 PM »
Thanks so much, Eric,  for this great information on the 1853 L'Eglise Baccarat that was found in the cornerstone of the bombed church.  And thank you, KevinH, for noticing my slip on not crediting the source for my quote.

I think that it is a wonderful story how Baccarat was inspired by the antique paperweight found in the cornerstone of the church to begin making their artful canes again.  It is great to see a photo of it on the front of the 1954 bulletin ... it must have been fresh news at that time!

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Re: 1853 L'Eglise Baccarat found in cornerstone of church
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2017, 10:45:39 PM »
This was fresh news at the time and also coincided with efforts to get the French glass factories to resume production of glass paperweights.  It was only the second bulletin issued.  I currently have a copy for sale: 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/152699360437
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Re: 1853 L'Eglise Baccarat found in cornerstone of church
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2017, 12:09:32 PM »
Thank you all for this good information!   It is a good story of how Baccarat was inspired by the L'Eglise paperweight found in the cornerstone of the bombed church to resume their artful paperweights.  This photo illustrates how they recaptured the craft.

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Re: 1853 L'Eglise Baccarat found in cornerstone of church
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2017, 02:49:31 PM »
The first "reproduction memorial" of the "Church P/W" was done by Baccarat in 1967 here is photo of one from our collection, 3.33" diameter, 2.47" height, weight 28.44 oz.  They later on, in 1973 followed it up with a second batch of memorial weights.

The Baccarat logo is etched into the base along with a 1967 date cane in the close pack. The canes include all the signs of the zodiac they did this so they would not be confused with their antique counterparts.


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