A PANTIN MAGNUM SALAMANDER WEIGHT
The black reptile with iridescent gold and silver spots, flanked by two large yellow flowers growing from green stalks with numerous leaves at their bases, set on a moss green and beige sandy ground
4 ¼ in. (10.8 cm.) diameter
Because of their ability to withstand fire, salamanders have been long been exalted by glass makers. Alternatively referred to as lizards or gila monsters in the past, salamander weights by Pantin are among the rarest paperweights produced in the 19th century-- less than twenty are known. The factory made their artistic debut at the 1878 Paris Exposition Universelle, where the United States Commissioner, Charles Colné, made the first and only known documentary reference of such weights: "paper weights of solid class containing snakes, lizards, squirrels and flowers" (see Reports of the United States Commissioners to the Paris Universal Exposition, 1878, vol. III, p.252).
Less than twenty of these incredible weights are known, and as the former Director of the Corning Museum of Glass commented in the 1981 Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors Association, he ""considered these lizard or salamander weights to be the greatest technical achievements of 19th century paperweight makers." For other examples see, Patricia K. McCawley, Antique Glass Paperweights from France, London, 1968, p. 52, pl. 12, 89 (a); Sotheby's, New York, 28 October 1981, lot 169 for a cracked example; and P. Jokelson, One Hundred of the Most Important Paperweights, London, 1967 p. 155, pl. 69 for an example previously identified as Saint Louis in the F. Regnault Fairchild collection and p. 160, pl. 72 for an example in the author's collection. Also compare the example sold Bonhams, London, 15 December 2010, lot 243 (£42,000).
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