1967 Cr. D' Albert France Paperweight Sulphide FD Roosevelt Cameo 6 &1 Faceting
Description: A very nice faceted crystal paperweight by Cristalleries et Verreries de Vianne or Cristal d'Albert. The piece is made of clear crystal glass, is round with six side facets and an additional facet on top. The paperweight has a white sulphide cameo of president Franklin Delano Roosevelt inside. The base of the paperweight is cut or formed in the shape of diamonds with amethyst color. The Cameo has the initials GS 1967 on its base. The cameo also has the word F D Roosevelt engraved on it. The paperweight has an acid etched mark near the base on the bottom of one of the facets says "Cr. d'Albert France" in cursive calligraphy. This is a great looking sulphide paperweight that is over 50 years old. It is heavy to keep your paper from flying away. This is a nice size paperweight weighing about one pound and is just great looking. Please carefully view photos as they are part and parcel of the description.
Additional Information: Paul Jokelson's "Sulphides: The Art of Cameo Incrustation" (Galahad Books; 159 pp.; out of print) includes the following: "Another company the Cristalleries et Verreries de Vianne (Cristal d'Albret), is now making sulphide paperweights. Three were produced in 1967: Christopher Columbus, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy and Mrs. Kennedy in the same sulphide. These cameos were sculptured by the well-known artist, Georges Simon, of the French Mint."
Date: The paperweight os dated 1967.
Origin: Purchased in an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The piece was made in France.
Size: The piece measures ~2 3/4" in diameter and is ~2" high. The piece weighs about one pound.
Maker: Cristalleries et Verreries de Vianne or Cristal d'Albert.
Marks: Signed "GS" and dated 1967 on cameo and marked Cr. d'Albert France on the outside of the glass.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: Just a beautiful art glass paperweight with the image of one of our great presidents. Definitely a quality piece worthy of a prominent spot in your collection.
Condition: The paperweight is in very good condition and has no cracks, hairlines, or repairs. We have looked it over very carefully with a 10X loop and saw a line within the glass near the base which formed during the casting of the piece and is original to the making. The line is very difficult to see with the naked eye, is are there. The piece also has some minor surface scratches commensurate with its age and use. However, these do not distract from the beauty or quality of the piece. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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