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Baccarat Paperweights

One of the world’s foremost crystal manufacturers, Baccarat has long been emblematic of luxury and exquisite craftsmanship. Starting in the early 19th century, objects produced by the French company — from stemware to chandeliers to brightly colored paperweights — became a staple of noble and wealthy households across Europe and as far afield as India. Along with the purity and quality of their glass, Baccarat crystal makers can boast a remarkable fluency with a range of design styles — from cut-glass neoclassical pieces to sinuously etched Art Nouveau designs.

Baccarat began as a kind of industrial development project. In 1764, the Bishop of Metz and other landowners in heavily forested northeastern France persuaded Louis XV to sanction a glassworks in the area — timber being a key resource required for the furnaces used in glass production. In its early years the company produced humble products such as window panes and simple drinking vessels. In 1816 a new owner began making crystal, and seven years later Louis XVIII — who had taken the throne after the defeat of Napoleon — gave Baccarat its first royal commission, for tableware. In ensuing years, an estimated one third of the company’s workforce was dedicated to commissions to the Russian imperial court alone.

Spurred by the intense competition between global industries in the latter 19th century — fought in public view in the many world expositions of the era — Baccarat elevated its level of artistry by adopting new technologies and creating a rigorous training program. The firm broadened its stylistic range, embracing Asian influences and new engraving methods, and increasing production of its now iconic millefiori paperweights. The designer George Chevalier, who worked for Baccarat for more than five decades beginning in 1916, ushered the company into the realm of modernist design. In recent years, Baccarat has employed such renowned contemporary designers as Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders, ensuring that Baccarat crystal will continue to enjoy pride of place on up-to-date tables. But as you will see from the offerings on 1stDibs, Baccarat has items to suit any taste.

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Creator: Baccarat
Mid-Century Modernist Limited Edition Baccarat Art Glass Snake Paperweight
By Baccarat
Located in New York, NY
This rare and sought after limited edition Mid-Century Modernist Baccarat art glass paperweight was produced by the illustrious French glass maker, circa 1971. Handblown in hues of e...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Baccarat Paperweights

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Art Glass, Lucite

Stylized Frog Sculpture / Paperweight by Baccarat
By Baccarat
Located in San Diego, CA
Gorgeous stylized frog sculpture / paperweight by Baccarat, circa 1990s. The piece is in excellent condition with no visible imperfections and has great clarity. Signed on the unders...
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Late 20th Century French Baccarat Paperweights

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Crystal

Baccarat Millefiori Glass Paperweight
By Baccarat
Located in Miami, FL
A beautiful millefiori Baccarat paperweight that will spark your imagination every time you put your eyes on it. The canes stand out as individuals, heightened small gaps between the...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Baccarat Paperweights

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Art Glass

Baccarat Millefiori Paperweight
By Baccarat
Located in Miami, FL
A large paperweight by Baccarat. Very tight millefiori design. Signed on bottom.
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1970s French Vintage Baccarat Paperweights

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Crystal

Stylized Giraffe Sculpture / Paperweight by Baccarat
By Baccarat
Located in San Diego, CA
Gorgeous stylized giraffe sculpture / paperweight by Baccarat, circa 1990s. The piece is in excellent condition with no visible imperfections and has great clarity. Signed on the und...
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Late 20th Century French Baccarat Paperweights

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Crystal

Baccarat French Cobalt Blue Glass Parrot Paperweight
By Baccarat
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A finely made French blue cobalt glass paperweight modeled as a parrot by renowned glass makers Baccarat and dating from the 20th century. The parrot is modeled standing on a shaped ...
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20th Century French Modern Baccarat Paperweights

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Glass

Baccarat Huntsman Sulphide Paperweight on Translucent Red Ground
By Baccarat
Located in Steyning, West sussex
A Baccarat huntsman sulphide paperweight on translucent red ground Measures: height 4.5 cm (1 3/4") Diameter 9 cm (3 1/2") Period 1850-1899 Year 1850 Country France Condition...
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1850s Antique Baccarat Paperweights

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Glass

1980s France Baccarat Bunny Rabbit Paperweight Sculpture French Crystal Glass
By Baccarat
Located in National City, CA
Paperweight Precious 1980s France Baccarat bunny rabbit paperweight sculpture French crystal glass approximately 3.25 H 2 W 3 D. Signed by Baccarat Preowned original vintage good...
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1980s French Modern Vintage Baccarat Paperweights

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Crystal

Mid-Century Modern Crystal Owl Paperweight by Baccarat of France
By Baccarat
Located in New York, NY
This elegant paperweight was realized by Baccarat- one of the world's finest makers of crystal products since 1765 in France, circa 1960. Artisanally created in translucent crystal, ...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Baccarat Paperweights

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Crystal

Vintage Baccarat Limited Edition Salamander or Lizard Paperweight No. 204, 1972
By Baccarat
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine vintage glass paperweight. By Baccarat. With a figural red/orange lizard or salamander on a yellow ground with green accents. There is an acid etched factory mark to...
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1970s French Modern Vintage Baccarat Paperweights

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Art Glass

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Mid-Century Modern Crystal Owl Paperweight by Baccarat of France
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Mid-Century Modern Baseball Paperweight by Tiffany & Co.
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
This refined Mid-Century Modern baseball paperweight- executed in translucent crystal- represents the simple elegance of Tiffany & Co. at its finest. Since its founding in 1837, Tiff...
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Handblown Wild Flower Art Glass Paperweight Attributed to Fratelli Toso
By Fratelli Toso
Located in New York, NY
Rare elegant Murano handblown wild flower art glass paperweight. Attributed to the Fratelli Toso company. The piece has three large white flowers inside, made with cut murrines and w...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Baccarat Paperweights

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French Modernist Snake Skin, Elm & Parchment Decorative Box by R&Y Augousti
Located in New York, NY
This refined and sophisticated modernist box was realized by the celebrated Parisian design firm R&Y Agousti. It features a bifurcated white elm compartment wrapped in parchment in a...
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Pair of Mid-Century Modern Neoclassical Glass Obelisk Candelabras by Baccarat
By Baccarat
Located in New York, NY
This stunning pair of candelabras were realized by Baccarat- one of the world's premiere makers of luxury glass products since the 18th century- in France circa 1950. Realized in han...
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1950s French Neoclassical Vintage Baccarat Paperweights

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern "Astrolite" Sculptural Lucite Bookends by Ritts Co.
Located in New York, NY
This stunning pair of Mid-Century Modern ”Astrolite" bookends were realized the Ritts Co. of Los Angeles, circa 1970. They offer faceted, sculptural forms in translucent Lucite, that...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Baccarat Paperweights

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Mid-Century Modern Tessellated Antler, Chrome & Granite Box by Jonson & Marcius
Located in New York, NY
This bold and sophisticated decorative box was realized by the esteemed artisans Gene Jonson and Robert Marcius in the United States, circa 1970. This is a particularly stunning exam...
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Granite, Bronze, Chrome

Art Deco Translucent Rose Glass & Polished Chrome Letter Holder by Donald Deskey
By Donald Deskey
Located in New York, NY
This refined Art Deco letter holder was realized by Donald Deskey- the legendary designer behind New York's Radio City Music Hall- in the United States, circa 1935. Sitting on a flat...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Baccarat Paperweights

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Chrome

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Tessellated Stone Boxes by Maitland Smith
By Maitland Smith
Located in New York, NY
This elegant pair of modernist boxes were realized by the celebrated 20th century design firm Maitland Smith in the Philippines, circa 1980. They feature two cylindrical bodies- one ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Baccarat Paperweights

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Modernist Square Lacquered Rectangular Box in Pale Celadon with Tan Accents
Located in New York, NY
This elegant modernist lacquered box offers a square form with a lacquered exterior in a pale celadon hue with tan accents circumscribing each of the exterior edges. The interior of ...
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20th Century Philippine Modern Baccarat Paperweights

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Fruitwood, Lacquer

Mid-Century Modernist Milk Glass Flush Mount Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
A Mid-Century Modernist flush mount chandelier featuring a seamless circular design in milk glass, when lit the entire chandelier emits a warm consistent glow. A great entry piece. I...
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1960s Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Baccarat Paperweights

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Milk Glass

Exquisite Art Deco Crystal Table Lamp by Baccarat
By Baccarat
Located in New York, NY
This exquisite Art Deco table lamp by Baccarat features a well proportioned base for stability adorned with a spherical detail extending to a fluted stem. It has antique brass fittin...
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Crystal

Baccarat paperweights for sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, Baccarat paperweights are available for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Baccarat paperweights, there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 7 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. During the 20th century, many of Baccarat's original paperweights were created in the mid-century modern style in France. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider paperweights by Hermès, Lalique and Saint Louis. Prices for Baccarat paperweights can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $299 and tops out at $4,324, while pieces like these can sell for $875 on average.
Questions About Baccarat Paperweights
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    You can identify Baccarat paperweights by looking for the maker’s mark and other identifying marks. Particularly old examples will have a “B” followed by a year of manufacture, though this practice stopped in the early 20th century. Contact the brand for more assistance. Shop a collection of Baccarat crystal on 1stDibs from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Baccarat crystal can be repaired. However, the manufacturer recommends that you only seek assistance for repairs through an authorized Baccarat boutique. You'll find a large selection of Baccarat crystal lighting, serveware and decorative objects from top sellers around the world on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Founded in 1816, Baccarat is a French crystalware maker that is most well-known for its luxury lead crystal designs, including cameo-embedded paper weights and sculptures of animals and birds. You can shop a collection of authentic Baccarat crystal pieces from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Baccarat crystal contains lead. All crystals are made with a certain percentage of lead which gives the ability to create clean-cut designs. As long as you don’t leave liquid in the glassware for an extended amount of time, it is safe to drink from. You’ll find a variety of Baccarat crystal products from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Baccarat makes crystal, not glass. The company opened in 1764 in Baccarat, Lorraine, France, at the order of King Louis XV of France. Today, Baccarat operates out of headquarters in Paris. On 1stDibs, shop a range of Baccarat crystal ware.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Baccarat is a French manufacturer of fine crystal. Baccarat did originally start as a glasswork company with production primarily consisting of window panes, mirrors and stemware up until 1816. The brand then switched to crystal production, creating expertly crafted stemware, chandeliers and other pieces in a variety of design styles. Browse a collection of antique and modern Baccarat crystal decor on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Depending on the damage to your Baccarat piece, it may be possible to repair it. One of Baccarat’s boutiques can help with repair questions and quotes. You can also shop a collection of Baccarat pieces from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Baccarat crystal is indeed still made. You can pop onto Baccarat’s website to see its latest collection of fine crystal tableware. Or shop a collection of vintage and contemporary Baccarat crystalware from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    There are a few tricks to authenticating your Baccarat glass. First and foremost, look for the logo, which will include the company name. Also, Baccarat is famous for certain patterns. See if your glass has one of these patterns. Shop a collection of authentic Baccarat glass from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    You can spot an authentic Baccarat chandelier by locating the white engraved mark, which is usually found in the raised molded capitals on the drip pan. You can shop a collection of properly vetted Baccarat chandeliers from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.

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