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A dull description for a lovely little object.  I think the blank is pressed, it is weighty so a high lead content, base and rim are polished, corners and edges are bevelled. Just over 2½ inches tall - a bit less than 7cm.

The figures and boats are in high relief - I have not seen pressing of this detail so assume they must be cut and engraved. When I bought it I thought the three figures were smoking tobacco and the boats suggested tobacco traders. After a clean I now think two of them are smoking opium pipes, so perhaps Chinese opium traders. Someone else thought clogs and Holland...

Any thoughts on how it was made, where, when, depicting...?

So not asking much. ;)

John


Forgot to mention there may be a little monogram bottom right on the front panel.
 



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Re: Cigarette or card holder with smoking figures
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2012, 10:17:19 PM »
Difficult to see the mark/monogram in detail, I was wondering if it could possibly be a Heinrich Hoffman intaglio 'Butterfly' Mark...? not 100 % sure, might be worth investigating.


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Re: Cigarette or card holder with smoking figures
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2012, 10:48:05 PM »
Excellent Greg, thank you. This is even the same scene, well figures anyway: http://www.pressglas-pavillon.de/aschenbecher/02416.html

Will see what else I can find.

John


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Re: Cigarette or card holder with smoking figures
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2012, 11:12:52 PM »
Here it is: http://www.glas-musterbuch.de/Hoffmann-1927.25+B6YmFja1BJRD0yNSZwcm9kdWN0SUQ9NTcxJmRldGFpbD0_.0.html

Nice one Greg, at least available in their 1927 catalogue, item no 352. Some stunning stuff in that catalogue. :o

So pressed, I am impressed. :D

John


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Re: Cigarette or card holder with smoking figures
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2012, 08:20:54 AM »
Well spotted.  :)

The detail on some of these Hoffmann pieces is quite impressive. Just to mention I gather some of these original Hoffmann designs have and possibly still are produced, however, I not sure if these later pieces contain the Hoffman 'Butterfly' mark, I may be wrong.

I did pick up the Hoffmann pin dish (shown below) a while ago, this also had the Hoffmann Butterfly mark to the underside. On very close inspection I also found a circular acid etched mark to the base with the wording 'Made in Czechoslovakia'. The acid etched mark to the base is the same as shown at the bottom of the following web page (mark number 2). I'm not sure if all period pieces carried this mark or not, although may be worth having a look at your piece, the mark on mine was extremely faint.
http://www.auntjudysattic.com/made_in_Czechoslovakia.htm

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Re: Cigarette or card holder with smoking figures
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2012, 04:14:18 PM »
Nope, no mark. Desna are still producing some of the shapes.

I would still like opinions as to what the figures are doing and what nationality they may be. Hint, hint. ;D

John


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Re: Cigarette or card holder with smoking figures
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2012, 04:36:20 PM »
They are probably just Czech seamen having a smoke. Clogs are pretty universal in Europe http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clog_%28shoe%29#Traditional_clogs_in_Europe


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Re: Cigarette or card holder with smoking figures
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2012, 06:01:49 PM »
Yes, but a smoke of what? - the chap who isn't smoking seems to be laughing at the other two - who do not look too happy!
Has he just made a big profit, selling them rubbish?
Cheers, Sue (M)

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Re: Cigarette or card holder with smoking figures
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2012, 08:16:26 AM »
I think you are right Christine, not Chinese opium traders, those boats are not very Chinese in design. Czech seamen? Although Czechoslovakia is a land locked country and will have little in the way of maritime culture I guess there was still plenty of trade via the rivers.

John


 

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