Overall: 1 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. ( 4.4 x 6.4 cm )
handwritten in ink: on paper label affixed to base: "189"
Lead glass paperweight of flattened spherical shape enclosing sulphide profile portrait of Benjamin Franklin on deep cobalt blue ground.
Sulphides-small white clay medallions embedded in glass-imitated the cameos of ancient Rome. During the mid-19th century, the Clichy Glasshouse produced sulphide paperweights of many celebrated figures, from Marie Antoinette and Napoleon to George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.
Bequest of Mrs. F. MacDonald Sinclair
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