The UPM holds a unique collection of 16th- to 18th-century Spanish glass, with its most valuable examples shown in 2002 in La Granja de San Ildefonso, near Segovia. Some of the glass vessels from the Prague collection had been produced in the former glassworks Real Fábrica de Cristales de La Granja, now the seat of the glass museum Museo Tecnológico del Vidrio. After the glassworks was established, glassmakers from Germany, France and the Kingdom of Bohemia flocked to it. Pavel Štěpánek, a specialist in Hispanic studies, finds further parallels between Bohemian and Spanish glass production in glass-making techniques and types of decoration. Contacts between Spanish and Bohemian glass production were enhanced by the intensive trade between the Kingdom of Spain and the Bohemian lands.
The catalogue was issued by the Fundación Centro Nacional del Vidrio and Ministerio de Educación Cultura y Deporte (Spain) in cooperation with the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague to accompany the exhibition in the Real Fábrica de Cristales de la Grancha, May 2002 – January 2003.
texts: Pavel Štěpánek, Paloma Pastor
photographs: Gabriel Urbánek
graphic design: Miguel López
binding: softback, 23 x 23 cm
contact to the publisher the Fundación Centro Nacional del Vidrio: www.fcnv.es/museo/indexpublic.asp