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Posted 4 years ago


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A while ago, I was asked by a member of the Society of Open Salts Collectors to identify some iridescent open salts which had been identified as Loetz. It turned out they were Kralik "draped" (see an earlier post). I bought the best book on the subject, and I was hooked.

Intaglio open salts were in production both before the war (Hoffman--many marked with a tiny butterfly) and after the war (Schlevogt--generally unmarked). On the Internet you can find catalog pages marked as "Hoffman 1929/ Schlevogt 1949" (pic. 1). there were produced with a myriad scenes: mythological, sports, pets, etc

I am in the process of adding some representative examples to my collection. I decided to find marked ones and mythological ones. First a marked salt with Venus and Cupids which I have in clear last picture- on the top left) and blue, both marked (pic 2). Then a rare brightly enameled salt, also marked (pic. 3). Finally, a sampler of my current holdings (s0me have not arrived yet). Notice that the square on in Pic. 4 is documented as the first on the top row Pic. 1.

Hoffman/Schlevogt intaglios also comprise perfume bottles and all kinds of boxes. The most common shape is the rectangular hexagonal and the square hexagonal, but there are also rounds ones. Metal "paniers" for carrying them to the table are frequently found--as long as they are all the same size, they are stackable!


  1. Lisa-lighting Lisa-lighting, 4 years ago
    How exciting! You are such a generous learned man. I have one of these little open salts. My husband purchased it for me and I use it on my dresser to put my pearl bracelet in it. Mine is blue and looks like your amber one. I have a few others because I liked the first one so much. Now I have something else to shoot and share. Thank you so very much ! I will go and put a sticky note on mine now until I can remember what you taught me today. :O) Who says I can't learn new things. Bah HUM BUG! ;o) I am not sure if I have any butterfly pieces so that will be fun to follow too.
  2. Alfredo Alfredo, 4 years ago
    They are quite addicting . . . .
  3. Lisa-lighting Lisa-lighting, 4 years ago
    I checked not a flutterby in the lot but I still think they are wonderful. I have a light blue and a green with the winged boy blowing bubbles, a little boy and his dog in clear glass that was painted with an irridescent pink, a man running in cobalt blue with a pressed pattern around the edge, and a lovely very detailed Elk also in cobalt blue with a cross hatching pattern on the verticle edge. These would be fabulous to collect when I have no room for shades. ;o) They take up so very little space.
  4. verretcheque verretcheque, 4 years ago
    Hi Alfredo,
    Schlevogt did not exist, after the communist putsch of 1948, and were nationalised by President Benes in 1946. Most of the unmarked intaglios were later reproductions by Jablonecke Sklo, now Preciosa/Ornela, Desna. Hoffmann's catalogue of such items was very wide and varied. Unmarked examples usually are post-war, when moulds were altered or replaced, and such niceties as acknowledging the history was inconvenient for a communist state enterprise.
    I understand that the Schlevogt family have been trying to regain their family inheritance for the last 20 years or more, without any success.
  5. Alfredo Alfredo, 3 years ago
    Well, and a year later, i find an unexpected treasure. An inkwell with the signed decor in Pic. 3! See new post.

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