A lovely old pair of open salts with kiln-fired enamel country scenes (4 views per open salt). The pair dates to 1800s, and they have a few flaws, noted in our images for your review with 'x'. In use, you'll hardly see them. In our extra large photos, they do show up. The forms upon which the kiln-fired enamel is worked are interesting, fluted or scalloped as you can see. Larger ones, these could be used as table salts, or as condiment or nut serving pieces. Lovely, even though they're not perfect.
This process, which I've written about many times, is one only accomplished with the skill of years and years of practice. The enamel powders are various shades of muddy mauve, taupe, blues, not the least resembling the color they will become once the kiln melts them into the glassine or porcelain like finished product you see here. So an artist is layering on stroke after stroke, working quite literally blind as far as the colors and spacing of the finished outcome he/she hopes to achieve. It is the memory that guides the hand in this art. And subject to such whims of nature and memory, it's always amazing to me that they come out with anything but a glob. I've tried this art, myself, and believe me, it's very difficult. I mostly get globs. The nature of the process is part of the reason why these old kiln-fired objects have such a following and bring the prices they continue to bring.
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