Posted 3 years ago
So... this is our item No.500. I didn't realized this until I posted the previous item and both Carlos and Vetraio made me see it was No. 499... I thought this one should be something special, and I think this little set can fairly be considered special.
These lidded boxes are some of the last documented designs Hans Bolek made for Lötz.
Technically they are SERIES III, PROD. NR. 861 (4 Kügeln). Ausführung 165.
The small one is JADE GRÜN MIT OPAL and stands 9 cm. tall.
The big one is HIMMEL BLAU MIT OPAL and stands 14,5 cm. tall.
This design was made in 1916/1917, although in 1920 it was reissued with only three Kügeln (ball-feet).
The big blue box was bought at an actual auction in Barcelona where it had a ridiculously low starting price. No one bid for it but Carlos. The reasons for this?
a) probably nobody knew what it was
b) all the attention was focused on a collection of Lladró figurines
On pic. 4 you can see on top views of the green box from both above and below. You can see the four ball-feet and that the white dotted lines are in fact crossing at the center. The two images at the bottom show the paper pattern for this design and one more box in red (probably Kaiser rott). These boxes were made in an endless list of Tango colours.