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The Story of Moser Crystal

START OF THE MOSER GLASSWORKS.

  • Glass engraver Ludwig Moser (1833-1916) founded an engraving workshop and sales gallery in Karlovy Vary.
  • The motif and the engraving on this ice bucket indicate that this is the work of Ludwig Moser from his first years in Karlovy Vary.

LUDWIG MOSER APPOINTED COURT SUPPLIER TO EMPEROR FRANZ JOSEF I.

  • Successful participation at the World Exhibition in Vienna. The engraved glass awarded the Medal of Merit.
  • The company has sales offices in New York, London, Paris, and St. Petersburg.

EMPEROR FRANZ JOSEPH I GRANTED LUDWIG MOSER A PRIVILEGE.

  • Emperor Franz Joseph I granted Ludwig Moser a privilege for “a particular way of decoration with opaque, raised enamel paints and gold”.
  • The privilege related to a style of painting that is represented in its most artistically elaborate form by vases with embossed, intentionally naturalistic paintings of mottled birds on a background of dense oak branches.

OPENING HIS GLASSWORKS.

  • Opening his glassworks in Karlovy Vary’s Dvory district.
  • Prestigious historical awards for Moser crystal, Chicago (1893), San Francisco (1894).

THIS INNOVATION IN ENGRAVING REAPED SUCCESS AT THE WORLD EXHIBITION IN PARIS.

  • Ludwig Moser presented “Eckentiefgravur” a new technique of deeply engraved plant motifs on coloured, crystal vases.
  • Art Nouveau styling is achieved by protracted curling stems and leaves of flowers smoothly flowing from one side of the vase to the other and gradually spanning the entire vase. Deep cuts penetrate into the edges and deliberately distort the vessel’s solidity and integrity thus modelling its outline.

LUDWIG MOSER BECOMES THE COURT SUPPLIER TO THE PERSIAN SHAH AND THE KING OF ENGLAND.

  • Ludwig Moser acquires the title court supplier to the Persian Shah Mozaffar al-Din Shah Qajar (1901) and King Edward VII of England (1908).
  • The order for the Royal collection was given the monogram of Edward VII specially painted in enamel and gold.

THE SPLENDID COLLECTION WITH MOSER’S SPECIALITY – OROPLASTIC.

  • In 1911, under the leadership of Leo Moser, the founder’s son and then technical (later even the art) director, brought out the first of what is still the most popular traditional luxury set from the Moser Glassworks with an embossed gilded band in ‘oroplastic’.
  • In 1916 a set was made for Spanish King Alfonso XIII with narrower oroplastic bands and the state emblem.

THE POPE COLLECTION PRESENTED IN PERSON TO POPE PIUS XI.

  • At the Vatican Leo Moser personally handed over a set bearing the title ‘Pope’ to the Pope, all 218 items had been engraved with the Pope’s emblem Pius XI.
  • The so-called Papal cut is used on the set, which is characteristic for Moser glass to this day; it is a cut with arched edges ending three quarters up the cup.

OPENING OF THE FIRST SALES GALLERY IN PRAGUE.

  • The opening of the first sales gallery in Prague, in the Black Rose Palace, on Na Příkopě Street in 1925. In 1934 the first floor was also rented and the sales gallery is there to this day.
  • At the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts in Paris the glassworks is awarded a gold medal for the coloured, cut vase using Lotte Moserová’s design.

LEO MOSER, CREATOR OF THE NEW, ATTRACTIVE AND NOW TYPICAL FACE OF MOSER GLASS.

  • In 1908 Leo Moser started production of coloured glass. Over time, he brought entirely new types of rare coloured oxides to glass.
  • This new knowledge moved glassmaking technology forward as a whole and is one more reason Leo Moser has a permanent entry in the annals of global glassmaking.
  • With his father they created a modern glassmaking company, one of the most important and the biggest not only in Czechoslovakia, but also on a European scale.

MOSER AWARDED THE GRAND PRIX AT THE VII. TRIENNIAL IN MILAN.

  • The success is partly due to the large, elaborately cut vases designed by Wolfgang von Wersin.

SPLENDID COLLECTION DEDICATED TO PRINCESS ELIZABETH II.

  • Czechoslovak president E. Beneš gave the Splendid collection, decorated with her monogram and a crown, as a wedding gift to Princess Elizabeth of England.

THE GIANT SNIFTERS CLUB FOUNDED.

  • The founding of the Giant Snifters Club was an event of huge social significance for Moser glass.
  • Personalities from the worlds of culture, politics and sports were accepted into the club. These include, for example, Louis Armstrong, Spanish King Juan Carlos I, Japanese Princess Sayako, the writer Erich von Däniken, the actor Robert Redford and many others.
  • The inauguration ceremony involves choosing a snifter, whose shape matches the physiognomy of the future Club Member, and making it ‘dance’.

OPENING OF THE SALES GALLERIES AT PRAGUE’S OLD TOWN SQUARE AND THE SPA COLONNADE IN KARLOVY VARY.

MOSER BECOMES THE EXCLUSIVE SUPPLIER OF CRYSTAL GLASS FOR THE CZECH EMBASSIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

  • The Copenhagen collection becomes the official set for the Czech Embassies around the world. It was also the official set for the Czechoslovak presidents starting with T. G. Masaryk and E. Beneš. It is still used during visits by foreign statesmen and other ceremonial occasions at Prague Castle.

THE MOSER GLASSWORKS’ CRYSTAL GLOBE IN THE HANDS OF THE MOST FAMOUS STARS.

  • Every year during the prestigious International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary the most important globally-known film stars receive a festival statuette in the form of a girl lifting a crystal ball from the workshop of the Moser Glassworks. One of the categories the statuette is awarded for is an outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema.

MOSER DESIGN AT A SHOW IN PARIS.

  • The company first took part in the international trade fair Maison&Objet in Paris. The Moser Glassworks regularly presents its new collections at international contemporary design shows in Paris, Frankfurt, Milan, New York and Atlanta.
  • An example of what goes on show is the Casanova collection by artist Jan Mareš. A modern set growing up from the foundations that underscore the success of Moser’s drinks glasses.

MOSER ADORNED A ROYAL WEDDING.

  • The wedding table of Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe and Letizie Ortiz and the tables seating 40 members of royal families, government members and other distinguished personalities from the world of culture and society were laid with the Copenhagen collection.
  • The wedding banquet of the Danish Crown Prince Frederik and Mary Donaldson took place in Copenhagen at the Amalienborg Palace, where the Splendid collection dominated the festive table.

MOSER OPENS A SALES GALLERY AND AN ART GALLERY ON THE OLD TOWN SQUARE IN PRAGUE.

  • A new Moser Sales Gallery opens on Old Town Square in Prague (2008).
  • The opening of the Moser Art Gallery (2012) in the Sales Gallery in Prague’s Old Town Square. It is a place for artists to meet, for exhibitions by renowned designers, presentations, workshops and other forms of artistic debate.

MOSER WAS ACCEPTED AS A MEMBER OF THE EXCLUSIVE FRENCH ASSOCIATION COMITÉ COLBERT.

  • Moser Glassworks accepted by Comité Colbert, the prominent association of French luxury brands. For the first time in the history of this association, founded in 1954, a member was chosen that was not a French company.
  • The main objective of Comité Colbert is to spread and promote values such as tradition, workmanship, creativity and innovation and to develop the traditional handmade production of luxury goods.

MOSER ANNOUNCED THE ‘LUDWIG MOSER AWARD’ FOR YOUNG ARTISTS.

  • The Moser Glassworks launched the first Ludwig Moser Award for young talent, which supports the acquisition of practical experience and independent creation by young glass artists.
  • The winning designs are made in the glassworks with the participation of the students themselves and then presented at international design shows.

THE SUCCESS OF THE MOSER GLASSWORKS’ ART DIRECTOR.

  • Lukáš Jabůrek, artist and Art Director at the Moser Glassworks, wins the prestigious Czech Grand Design 2012 competition in which he gained the Public Prize 2012 for the design of the Pear and Kolorit vases.

THE OPENING OF THE MOSER VISITORS CENTRE.

  • The opening of the modernised Moser Sales Gallery and the newly built visitors centre with its Café Moser in Karlovy Vary.
  • The glassworks’ surroundings are decorated with sculptures by renowned artists.

CO-OPERATION WITH RENOWNED ARTISTS.

  • The Moser Glassworks develops the tradition of cooperation with the most talented and the most important artists and creates new collections with them that are presented at world-class design shows.

THE GLASSWORKS CELEBRATES 160 YEARS SINCE ITS FOUNDING.

  • The occasion of the glassworks’ significant jubilee gave rise to an annual collection inspired by the historical heritage of the manufactory and at the same time modern and fresh design under the baton of distinguished designers.