We are delighted to offer for your consideration this scarce Baccarat Sulphide Cristal D'Albret French Crystal Paperweight depicting a John James Audubon Male Cardinal. This bird is featured in profile perched on a branch with an accent flower beneath him. The signed and dated paperweight is the work of Gilbert Poillerat, a well-known French sculpture artist. This 1970s Audubon series is very scarce and the cardinal is magnificent with his tall head plumage and alert features, even without coloring he looks like he could fly at any moment he is so well detailed. This paperweight is a limited edition in the original box, it is signed with the number 2 indicating second in the series and the initials MRE are the signature of M.R. ERLACHER, indicating he engraved this piece. Mr. Erlacher was an employee of Steuben Glass Company, see history below for more information. In this one paperweight, you have a visual historical reference to several famous/infamous artists works, a beautiful piece to pass down to the next generations. REFERENCES UTILIZED: Paperweights and Other Glass Curiosities by EM Elville; Glass Paperweights of the New York Historical Society by Paul Hollister; Glass Paperweights of the Bertstrom Art Center by Evelyn Campbell Clark HISTORY: M. R Erlacher, Roland Erlacher who was commonly known as Max, was one of Steuben Glass Companys Master Engravers for many years. He trained many of his successors and his pieces are prized artworks which have been featured in books and magazines. John James Audubon was of course a famous orithologist and naturalist. He was born April 26, 1785, in Les Cayes, West Indies. From his father's Pennsylvania estate, he made the first American bird-banding experiments. After failing in business ventures, he concentrated on drawing and studying birds, which took him from Florida to Labrador. His extraordinary four-volume Birds of America was published in London in 1827.