The Harrach Glassworks in Neuwelt (Nový Svět) in the Krkonoše Mountains ranks among the most accomplished companies that have had a determining influence on the world renown of Czech glassmaking. The first authoritative monograph on this oldest existing glassworks in Bohemia summarizes the findings of the decade-plus archival research and classification of glass collections in Czech and foreign museums. The volume features essays and selected examples of the Harrach glassworks’ output, accompanied by a rich body of illustrations. The book provides a detailed history of Harrach glass, starting with products fashioned in the Baroque style, through its highly varied output in the Biedermeier and Historicism styles, followed by distinctive Art Nouveau forms, and the glassworks’ attempts to adapt its products to the Art Deco and Functionalist styles, all the way to innovative approaches to glass design after 1945, and ending with contemporary glass.
The book was issued to accompany exhibitions of the same name, held in the museum from May 31 to September 16, 2012, in the Museum of Western Bohemia in Pilsen (Autumn 2012) and in the Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou (2013).
author of the concept: Jan Mergl
texts: Helena Brožková, Jarmila Brožová, Florian Knothe, Jan Luštinec, Jan Mergl, Lenka Merglová Pánková, Jan Schöttner
editions: English and Czech
English translation: Branislava Kuburović
graphic design: Filip Hejduk, Martin Strnad (Studio HMS)
format: 29 x 25 cm, hardcover
illustrations: over 1000
ISBN: 978—80-7101—113-2 (UPM)
price (UPM): 1 650,- Kč
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