Posted 4 years ago
Czech iridescent inkwells are routinely sold as "loetz" and command very high prices. The glass is Czech, but most of the tops have German patent marks. However, the figural tops such as the one above, of which I have only found three in all my years of collecting, do not show any marks at all. The "Pan" motif, which was quite popular during the Art Nouveau/Jugendstil era, also appears in metal mounts.
Most of my inkwells (see the "Inkwell Project" at loetz.com) have matching Kralik or Pallme König vases. The one above does not. Opalescent gray/white glass with an upper band in purple, much in the style of Loetz "pansy spreading". 2.5" tall, 5" at its widest, and has both a groove for placing the pen and a ceramic pot.
Do remember: 99% of Czech iridescent inkwells--just as shades--ARE NOT LOETZ. Cracks to the glass do not affect usefulness; the lack of a proper pot does. Pots are not easy to come and are expensive. I usually buy them from the Society of Inkell Collectors or directly from England.
Useful and beautiful, "Dolce et utile", inkwells are a testament to the bygone age of manual writing literacy.