is a French-American designer of luxury items. In 1995 he founded
the New York-based company Herakles, with its workshop based in
Paris. Partnering with master craftsmen from around the world, Herakles
is known for exquisitely made luxury products and more recently
vases and paperweights.
graduated Master of Law from the University of Paris in 1994 and
is the founder and President of the French-American Cultural Center
of New Jersey (FACCONJ).
Shown here are
two magnum lead crystal sulfide paperweights, diameter 3.7", height
2.67". (The photo on the right includes a side view.) Each Herakles
Dragon cameo paperweight has 117 scales, 5 eagle claws, tiger legs,
and small flames and is hand-modeled to contain incredible detail.
The low- relief coloured cameo is then fired and hot-worked and
encapsulated by the Herakles glassworkers into an hemispherical
the pioneering work of Bohemian glassworkers in the late 18th century
and the exquisite craftsmanship of the French cameo makers at Baccarat,
Saint-Louis and Clichy, Thor Walker and his team have added colored
cameos to their lead crystal paperweights. No other crystal maker
has attempted to include a colored sulfide cameo because the color
was lost as soon as it came into contact with the hot crystal. The
master porcelain maker at Herakles has overcome the problems to
contribute to these beautiful paperweights.
cameo portraits on medallions commemorated an important public figure.
Rather than representing a historic figure, the Herakles dragon
paperweight evokes both the Asian myth as well as medieval dragon