It was more than 160 years ago that gifted Czech engraver Ludwig Moser breathed life into Moser crystal and in doing so enchanted the world. From the very beginning he worked with traditional glassmaking technology, but it was above all his talent and art that gave the collections their uniqueness and beauty. Since that time, Moser crystal has been ever-present at royal weddings and gatherings of the political elite and has been sought after by people with refined taste. Take a look at what makes this traditional Czech brand unique throughout the world.
Engraver Ludwig Moser (1833 – 1916) opens an engraving workshop and sales gallery in Karlovy Vary.
Successful participation at the World Fair in Vienna. The engraved glass shown is awarded a Medal of Merit. The company has representatives in New York, London, Paris and St. Petersburg.
The emperor awards Ludwig Moser “privilege” for „a particular method of decoration using opaque relief enamel paints and gold“. This relates to a style of painting that we find on vases featuring vividly-painted, colourful birds on a background of oak twigs.
Moser opens his own glassworks in Dvory, Karlovy Vary. Moser wins the prestigious historic crystal awards in Chicago (1893) and San Francisco (1894).
Ludwig Moser introduces an innovation „Eckentiefgravur “ – on crystal, coloured vases with engravings of floral motifs. He achieves Art Nouveau styling by curling the stems and leaves of flowers to smoothly pass from one wall of the vase to another, gradually embracing the whole casing.
Ludwig Moser earns the title of court supplier to Persian Shah Mussafereddin (1901) and English King Edward VII (1908). A royal order The Royal Collection is specially provided with enamel and the monogram of Edward VII painted in gold.
A luxurious set featuring an embossed, gilded band called “oroplastic”, to this day the most popular set made by the Moser Glassworks, was created in 1911 under the direction of Leo Moser. A set was made in 1916 for Spanish King Alphonse XIII with a narrower band of oroplastic and the state emblem.
Leo Moser presents Pius XI with a drinking set of 218 pieces, entitled Pope and featuring an engraved papal emblem, at the Vatican. The set uses the “papal cut”, which is characteristic of Moser glass to this day (a cut to the rims with an arched finished at the mound of the cup).
The first official Moser sales gallery opens in Palace Černá růže in Prague in 1925. The first floor is also rented in 1934. There is a sales gallery here to this day. The glassworks is awarded a gold medal at the International Decorative Arts Fair in Paris.
Leo Moser begins the production of coloured glass in 1908 and introduces new types of glass made of oxides of precious metals, moving glassmaking technology forward as a whole. Together with his father, Leo Moser creates a modern glassmaking enterprise, one of the most significant in Europe.
Success is built on, among other, large vases that are exactingly-cut in line with the designs of Wolfgang von Wersin.
The Splendid Collection, decorated with a monogram featuring a crown, is presented by Czechoslovak President Edvard Beneš to English Princess Elizabeth II as a wedding gift.
The Giant Snifters Club becomes of huge social importance to Moser glass. The club accepts prominent personalities from cultural, political and sporting life, such as Louis Armstrong, King Juan Carlos I of Spain, Princess Sayako of Japan, actor Robert Redford and others.
The Copenhagen Collection becomes the official set for Czech embassies all over the world. It was also the official set of the presidents of Czechoslovakia, with T. G. Masaryk and E. Beneš at their head. It is still used at Prague Castle on important occasions to this day.
The festival statuette, shaped like a girl raising up a crystal ball, was created by Moser and is presented each year to the most famous film stars at the prestigious Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
The company appears at the international Maison&Objet in Paris for the first time. Moser Glassworks regularly attends international shows of contemporary design in Paris, Frankfurt, Milan, New York and Atlanta with its new collections.
The tables at the wedding of Spanish Crown Prince Felipe and Letizia Ortiz are set with the Copenhagen Collection. The wedding reception of Danish Crown Price Frederik and Mary Donaldson is held in the royal palace, where the Splendid Collection dominates the table.
A new Moser sales gallery opens on Old Town Square in Prague in 2008. It is joined in 2012 by the Moser Art Gallery, a place for artists to gather and renowned designers to exhibit their work and a venue for presentations, workshops and other forms of artistic debate.
Moser Glassworks is accepted into the prominent association of French luxury brands Comité Colbert, the aim of which is to promote artistic skills. It is the first time in the history of the association, which was founded in 1954, that companies other than French companies are elected as members.
Moser Glassworks announces for the first time a competition for young talented designers that supports practical experience and independent creation among young glass artists. The winning designs are brought to life at the works and shown at international design shows.
Lukáš Jabůrek, artist and artistic director at the Moser Glassworks, wins the Public Prize at the prestigious Czech Grand Design competition for his designs of the Pear and Kolorit vases.
Moser opens a modernised sales gallery and newly-built visitor centre, together with Café Moser, in Karlovy Vary. The area around the glassworks is adorned with sculptures by renowned artists.
Moser Glassworks develops traditional cooperation with renowned artists to create new collections, which are then shown at world design shows.
An anniversary collection inspired by the historical legacy of the factory, but with modern and refreshing design, is created under the baton of renowned designers to mark a significant jubilee in the life of the glassworks.
The renown of the Moser Glassworks is based on the artistic craft of our master glass-makers, cutters, painters and engravers. … The secrets of artistic skills and craft are traditionally passed down from generation to generation. Being a master glassmaker at the Moser Glassworks means being a world-renowned expert in your field–and being proud of the fact that your original work will stand the test of time.
Only lead-free crystal has been used at the Moser Glassworks since 1893. … It is a specific, high-quality, clear, colourless type of glass with a higher content of potassium oxide than disodium oxide that is also harder than lead crystal. Working with this glass is demanding, but lead-free crystal stands out for its shine, its sparkle and , above all, its hardness, which makes detailed cutting and engraving possible.
The secret of the inimitable colours used by Moser lies in a combination of the highest quality materials. … Moser colours draw on the colours of precious stones and are fused with mixtures of rare soils and metal oxides. Their specific colours come from precisely-set ratios of individual substances, recipes that shall always remain the secret of the master glassmakers. Coloured glass stands out for its beauty and , when combined, produces some remarkable optical effects.
Every art piece is an example of masterful handicraft - 100 per cent. … The unique properties of each piece are the result of skilled work with molten glass at the furnace, at a temperature of 1300 °C, the hand-carving of wooden moulds, cutting, painting, gilding or polishing of gold and several months of patient work on artistic engravings.