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The famous glass company Moser is celebrating 160 years since its founding. For the occasion, Moser has prepared a unique anniversary collection called Moser 2017, which consists of a selection of masterpieces inspired by its rich 160 years of history. Moser will present this collection to admirers through a spectacular exhibition at the Municipal House in Prague, which will take place from the 9th February until the 22nd March 2017.The exhibition will confirm the continuity of production and skills passed down from generation to generation.

To celebrate Moser's 160th anniversary, contemporary master glassmakers joined forces with glass artists and designers to create the Moser 2017 anniversary collection. The most beautiful, stylish and timeless examples of the art of our ancestors were chosen from historical samples of glassworks and revived by contemporary masters.

As glass craft is meticulously handed down from generation to generation at Moser, works of high artistic value were created, made using the same procedures as the originals over a hundred years ago.

Lukáš Jabůrek, art director of the glassworks, reveals the story of the creation of a unique anniversary collection

“We are proud that we are able to present to you the unique MOSER 2017 anniversary collection, for which we created 80 works of art inspired by, and commemorating the most successful and most important works of the Moser glassworks created at different art developmental stages of the one-hundred-and-sixty-year history of the glassworks. These works brought world renown to the glassworks. Discover with us elaborately-painted historicist motifs, engraved Art Nouveau floral motifs, sanded and gilded strips of scenes of African animals, vases with original cuts in the art deco style or functionalism styles, and modernist works of the 1960s and 1970s which were characterized by a strong creative drive. The unique mastery of the craft of our engravers is demonstrated perfectly by the rendered engravings elaborated to the smallest detail, based on the originals of world painting masters Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Sandro Botticelli and William Leighton. The masterful engravings feature a unique own atmosphere of the story and liveliness that engravers created through the gradual cutting-off of the coloured layers of crystal, and a sculptural eye for detail.“

The highlights of the collection are works created in cooperation with leading glass artists, designers and artists that feature an original design, a unique combination of glass colours and distinctive stories that carry our art and dreams for the future generations.

Lukáš Jabůrek, art director

The path to fame 1857-1900

Eagle

Historicising painted decor with covering paints and gold, decorated with acorns, which is dominated by an eagle relief. This is an original shape and painted decoration brought to the present and depicted with contemporary techniques.

Eagle
Design: 1885
Original in Glasmuseum Passau, Germany.
Painting’s author: Jan Janecký

Historicising painted decor with covering paints and gold, decorated with acorns.

The light blue colour adds finesse and elegance to the work. This is an original shape and painted decoration, which Ludwig Moser developed artistically in this period.

Grace
Design: 1880
Original in Glasmuseum Passau, Germany.
Painting’s author: Jan Janecký

Grace

Apart from using electric furnaces, I try to work using the same procedures from 100 years ago

Jan Janecký Master painter
Ornament

A vase painted with enamels and a gold. A well-developed, fine plant decor with bold ornamentation in the shape of stylised flowers. Historicist period.

Ornament
Design: 1880
Original in Glasmuseum Passau, Germany.
Painting’s author: Jan Janecký

Little Bird - detail

The original shape is modified and styled for the contemporary archetype, decorated with an embossed painting and gold. Historic motifs of oak twigs and acorns from patinated metal. The decoration is accompanied by relief painted motifs of birds created using a procedure that Ludwig Moser registered as an Austro-Hungarian privilege in 1878.

Little Bird
Design: 1880
Painting’s author: Jan Janecký

Little Bird

On the wings of dragonflies 1900-1918

Emily

The shape of the table lamp corresponds exactly to the shape of the original from the Moser sketching book. The Art Nouveau floral motif of irises was designed and engraved by master engraver Milan Holubek. The cut lamp foot adds elegance and luxury, and softness and natural beauty is enhanced with a light blue tint with mounting made from gilded brass. The table lamp thus has a very contemporary look and unique design.

Emily
Design: 1910 – 1913
Engraver: Milan Holubek

The cut and engraved jar with an underlay design successfully builds on the famous Moser Art Nouveau period, which was characterized by original shapes and new techniques of combining colours. The engraved motif sensitively beautifies the graceful shape of the jar, and the soft colour tone emphasizes the mastery and uniqueness of our craft.

Narcis
Design: 1907 – 1910
Engraver: Milan Holubek

Narcis

The engraved iris motif encircles the entire outside of the vase and the intricately-cut top edge shapes the characteristic appearance of iris flowers, thereby giving the vase the grandeur and beauty of the royal engraving technique. A delicate shade of light blue colour enhances the atmosphere of, and the experience from this unique work.

Irises
Design: 1907 – 1910
Engraver: Milan Holubek

Irises
Chloe

The cup is decorated with a ribbed optics technique with a gentle tint of underlaid colours that give the cup a special lightness. Top-quality painting with enamels and gold stylishly enhance the plant ornamentation, on the cusp between Historicism and Art Nouveau. The cup’s dual use adds a certain wit and elegance.

Chloe
Design: 1895
Original in Glasmuseum Passau, Germany
Painting’s author: Jan Janecký

In the sign of decor 1918-1945

Heron

Architect Rudolf Wels designed a series of vases and bowls with a characteristically simple shape and dark crystal. The fundamental feature is the gilded motifs of the retrospective trend in applied art from the early 1920s inspired by oriental designs.

Heron
Design: 1922, Rudof Wels
Original in Glasmuseum Passau, Germany.

These vases belong to the first series with the Animor decoration, it was designed by architect Rudolf Wels in 1926. The vases came in a variety of shapes, all cut with a horizontal fluting and decorated with gilded motives of exotic animals.

Animor
Design: 1926, Rudof Wels
Original in Glasmuseum Passau, Germany.

Animor - detail
Animor

A vase from the Animor series. The bottom of the vase and the neck have horizontal fluting decorated with painted gold lines. A wide band of a sandblasted and gilded theme of elephants and palm trees.

Animor
Design: 1926, Rudof Wels
Original in Glasmuseum Passau, Germany.

Animor / Arabesque

The subtlety and elegance of the cut patterns on the bowl underlines the beautiful decoration with gold-painted lines and decorative ornaments. A unique feature of this work is the combination of and the inspiration from several artistic styles as well as the masterful craftsmanship.

Arabesque
Design: 1920 – 1930
Original in Glasmuseum Passau, Germany.

Function and style 1930-1945

Punch Bowl Set / Wersin

An original form variation resembling a bobbin with a modified cut-crystal decoration. A precisely cut theme that makes maximum use of Moser’s perfect crystal optics and is a testament to the precision of Siegmund Schütz’s work, which is based on meticulous craftsmanship.

Punch Bowl Set
Design: 1942, Siegmund Schütz

A unique vase from the collection of architect and designer Wolfgang von Wersin’s designs initially made for the Deutsche Werkstätte in Munich. Intricately cut decoration of wedge shaped cuts form the perfect optical effect of sharp relief and allows the properties of Moser crystal to be appreciated in all its glory.

Wersin
Design: 1940, Wolfgang von Wersin

Art knows no boundaries 1945-1991

First made in 1975, the vase has a very distinctive colour underlay and overlay. This technically challenging work is a demonstration of the glassmakers’ and cutters’ mastery and the intuition of the author’s distinct personality that led to a unique combination of coloured glass with the graphic concept of the cuts.

Surf
Design: 1975, Vratislav Šotola

Surf / Object

These original free shaped, blown and underlaid solid block vases, cut with ingenious views into the heart of the crystal, are from around 1969. In 1970, the author received the gold medal from the Bavarian State Award. The current series of vases reveals the poetic inner world of crystal full of extraordinary tales, colours and a sensitive soul.

Object
Design: 1969, Vladimír Jelínek

The Moon vase loosely ties in and is inspired by the original hand-blown vase from 1975. The vase’s new interpretation makes it distinctly more monumental and yet it gives a very gentle and sober impression. The light alexandrite tint to the crystal works great with the vase’s minimalist shape giving it a new dimension of optics.

Moon
Design: 1975, Jiří Šuhájek

Moon

I’ve always known that Moser is an exceptional glassworks with a fantastic history. I’ve been working with the Moser glassmakers for fifty years - they are perfect and really fine fellows.

Jiří Šuhájek Designer

Contemporary design 2017

The name of the JULIA set is inspired by the name of Ludwig Moser’s second wife and conjures up an image of fragility and grace within me. The entire collection is based on a sobriety and simplicity of shapes with a touch of luxury - i.e. the features so characteristic of the Moser brand. In this collection I had no interest in pomp or an extreme of form. JULIA is a set of consistently shaped products - bowls, vase and lamp.

Julia
Design: Boda Horák

Julia

Wood
Design: Sebastian Menschhorn

Wood

It is about transformation, about metamorphoses. A piece of wood turns into glass. Glass becomes wood. The vases are something in between. I want to bring the idea of nature in our cultivated surroundings“, says Sebastian Menschhorn about his collection

Sebastian Menschhorn Designer

The deep track of the cutting wheel creates a sculptural solitaire with an extraordinary shimmering structure and endless mirrored reflections through which you can peer into the depths of the crystal mass. Delicate pastel tones enhance the atmosphere and stimulate your inspiration towards a new experience.

Cone
Design: Lukáš Jabůrek

Cone
Tangram 1

The Tangram bowl realigns a two-dimensional board game of triangles into the third dimension. The triangles are assembled and overlaid over each other to create decorative bowls and trays. A change in the thickness of the glass and the associated depletion in the richness of the colour, together with their blending, perfectly demonstrate the Moser colours.

Tangram
Design: Jan Čtvrtník

Tangram 2
Melody

The monumental cut-glass vase MELODY consists of five vases, a crystal peak and a base pedestal. The undulating silhouette with colour transitions in the crystal of alternating shades of the Moser ruby colours resonates with the precise and graceful cuts. The special colouring of each vase is a vibrating nuance, the limbs of chords resonating in the crystal body of the music.

Melody
Design: Studio IRDS

The Sky vase or etui is a minimalist crystal object decorated with colourful fusions reminiscent of Baroque techniques. “Contrast is one of the elements typical for my work”, says the designer Milan Knížák.

Sky
Design: Milan Knížák

Sky
Vessel

The Vessel bowl is a poetic craft with a set of batty rudders, which take the ship into the realms of fantasy.

Vessel
Design: Milan Knížák

Mondrian

“The inspiration to create these vases was the iconic work of Piet Mondrian. The legacy he left is immortal. His works are used in a variety of design industries, which indicates the excellence and timelessness of the abstractions he painted. Along with Cézán, Mondrian puts an emphasis on each individual area in the image, thus each work achieves the same weight. The idea of water as an element and the basis of material existence was always an inspiration to him. So that’s why I decided that the vase will have to be perfect, to be the bearer of his legacy. As an artist, creative absolutism is my goal. Therefore, I would like to disseminate this perfect style further”, says Michal Kožený.

Mondrian
Design: Michal Kožený

Designer Jakub Balhar describes the birth of the work: “I was inspired by my daughters and their room full of balls. The Ball vase is a combination of playful children’s colours with the solemnity and elegance of the adult world.”

Ball
Design: Jakub Balhar

Ball

Master engravings

Flaming June

The motif is inspired by sleeping nymphs from Greek mythological sculpture. The master engraver has perfectly portrayed the strength and atmosphere of the moment, the inherent beauty. This classicist motif is perfectly highlighted with a unique combination of layered coloured glass, which is subsequently etched away to reveal the subtle shades and tones. The work invokes a very internal experience that takes us into the world of dreams.

Flaming June
Engraver: Tomáš Lesser
Engraved motif: Flaming June, Frederic Leighton, 1895
Original in the Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico

Lady With An Ermine

This painting is one of four surviving portraits that Leonardo painted. Using the demanding procedure of gradually scratching away at the dark blue glass, master engraver Vlastimil Selinger achieved the precise chiaroscuro and character of the original. The engraving has a gentleness and pure finish that takes us back to the Renaissance and underlines the artistry of this famous work.

Lady With An Ermine
Engraver: Vlastimil Selinger
Engraved Motif: Lady with an Ermine, Leonardo da Vinci, 1489 – 1490
Original in the Czartoryski Museum, Kraków, Poland

Lady With An Ermine - detail

The masterpiece of the 2017 collection

A chandelier for Ludwig Moser

Design: Filip Houdek, Lukáš Jabůrek

The work connects the historical and craftsmanship legacy of Ludwig Moser and Leo Moser with contemporary design elements, light and the craftsmanship of contemporary master glassmakers and cutters.

The chandelier is 86.4 inches high, has a diameter of 74.6 inches and weighs nearly 200kg. The chandelier is unique in the world as it has arms gilded in several layers of 24-karat gold. The arms of the chandelier are festooned with 133 drops from hand blown and cut crystal in the golden colour of Moser’s topaz, which are further decorated with oroplastic and painted with 24-karat gold. It took around forty people a year of work before this labour of love could see the light of day.

It will be unveiled to Czech admirers at the exhibition THE STORY OF MOSER CRYSTAL, which is being held at the Municipal House in Prague from the 9th February to 22nd March 2017.

Unique collection from the point of view of Petr Nový, chief curator at the Museum of Glass and Jewellery,
Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic:

“The annual collection of the Moser Glassworks admirably demonstrates the symbiotic links of the past and the present, tradition and vision, form and content. Reverence for ones roots, is not, however, trapped in them, but grows out of them. Because the future is formed today. At the symbolic level, the collection is also a celebration of human courage, diligence and discipline, which can change dreams into reality – in homage to Ludwig Moser, who laid a solid foundation for one of the world’s most famous brands of luxury glass.“