Posted 3 years ago
Loetz produced miniatures (no taller than 2 inches) that defy explanation. The most plausible theory was advanced by Victor Arwas, who stated in his book "The Liberty Style" that they were made for wealthy clients of perfume shops so they could take samples home. Another theory holds they were decor samplers. A third theory says they were made for dollhouses. Some have appeared with Liberty labels, and I have one with a "Made In Czechoslovakia" label. They usually have a cut-off top and flat bottoms. Mine include decors such as Papillon, Candia, Creta and Cobalt Silberiris. The rarest are those with applications such as handles or snakes. And hold on to any miniature stopper!
On a personal note, once in my life I spent three months in a hospital, paralyzed from the neck down. My partner used to take minis to me so I could "play" with them while he was there and then take them back home every night. They were an integral part of my therapy!