Posted 3 years ago
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!