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- Author Louis Comfort Tiffany – Tiffany Studios in New York
- Date of production ca. 1902
- Place of creation New Jork, USA
- Dimensions height: 2.5 cm, diameter: 7 cm
- Author's designation L. C. T.
- ID no. MŻKW V/848
- Object copyright Kraków Salt Works Museum in Wieliczka
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska’s Virtual Museums project
This Art Nouveau dish, in the form of a bowl with a wavy irregular collar, is a very delicate and fragile object. It was handmade from glass blown on an iron rod, the so-called punty. At the bottom of the salt shaker, there is a grounded star sign visible after the cut off of the punty. Next to it, there are L. C. T. signs indicating the artist.more
This Art Nouveau dish, in the form of a bowl with a wavy irregular collar, is a very delicate and fragile object. It was handmade from glass blown on an iron rod, the so-called punty. At the bottom of the salt shaker, there is a grounded star sign visible after the cut off of the punty. Next to it, there are L. C. T. signs indicating the artist.
The salt shaker was made around 1902 in the New York-based manufacturer of the well-known creator of applied arts, Louis Comfort Tiffany, who, in 1894, patented a special type of iridescent glass – favrile. Such delicate and luxurious glass, with a beautiful metallic glow, brought his company worldwide fame at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1900, they were awarded a prize at the World Exhibition in Paris, and they gained immense popularity. In the same year, vases with favrile glass found themselves in the collections of forty-three of the largest museums in the world.
The attractiveness of this precious – and very rare in Polish Art Nouveau, collections of glass – is shown in the salt shaker from Wieliczka, which, in full light, is almost transparent, and, at the same time, its metal shines. Its walls are so thin that the object can be moved even by a small gust of wind. One of the private collectors lost a similar object, which has been knocked down from the table by a curtain raised by a breeze from a slightly open window! It should be remembered that the salt shaker from Wieliczka is only 2.5 cm high with a diameter of 7 cm. This little thing takes us into the world of exquisite, refined villas and lounges belle époque. At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, the interiors were designed in a consistent manner of Art Nouveau along with the equipment in this style, starting with stained glass in the windows to the dresses of the lady of the house.
Elaborated by Klementyna Ochniak-Dudek (Kraków Salt Works Museum in Wieliczka), © all rights reserved