S002 - The House at the Stone Virgin Mary
Miniature porcelain house:
In front of you are pictures of a detailed replica of a real house. It is a hand-crafted and faithfully processed porcelain model of house in Prague, and one of the most beautiful. Our porcelain houses are part of brand line that includes over 80 miniature houses found in Prague. From them you can build the Old Town Square, the Golden Lane or even a part of the Lesser Town.
How it comes about:
The basic model is made in scale according to the actual model. Then it’s converted in an elaborate way into a form, from which we obtain individual parts by casting porcelain mass. After assembling, retouching, drying and firing, careful and detailed revising begins again. This process is followed by hand painting with several layers of glaze and another firing at 1200 ° C. Last task is the final decor and firing in the kiln. It is a unique and sophisticated technique of creating models with the theme of historic houses. You can see the result in front of you…
Our aim is to capture the beauty of architecture in the imprint of ceramic clay and to transfer a piece of poetry of old Prague to your homes. Old Prague lovers in our country, as well as travelers from all over the world, have sets of entire streets and individual pieces of our models at home. It is a nice and valuable reminder of visiting Prague and Bohemia.
This product is made based on The House at the Stone Virgin Mary, which can be found at this address:
Old Town Square 552/16, Old Town, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
History of The House at the Stone Virgin Mary:
The original Gothic house called “At the Black Door” was razed in 1896 and replaced by a new building designed for a publisher Alexander Štorch. The project was planned by prof. F. Ohmann. Around that time the Magistrate started to enforce certain criteria issuing from the Organisation for the Care of Historical Monuments and insisted on keeping the original Gothic ground plan. Both the builder and the architect respected that condition and the building retains its Gothic character. Mikoláš Aleš decorated the front of the house. Aleš painted St Wenceslas in the centre surrounded by floral ornaments. That was the beginning of the Art Nouveau style on the Old Town Square. In May 1945 the house was badly damaged and was restored by the architect Pleskavec in 1948.
Quality and packaging:
Our models are miniatures of real buildings. We place great importance on the quality and detail of the processing of our products. All the miniature houses are hand-painted and hand-crafted from porcelain, so the individual pieces may differ slightly in size and color shade. Each item is original and unique. We pack them in handmade and fully recyclable cardboard boxes. Our more significant sets are packed in gift boxes with see through front.
Our usual customers come from Europe, but we also send our houses to the USA and Canada. We have been sending our little houses to Asia and they are most liked in Japan and South Korea. We are happy we can please customers from Czech Republic and in the other parts of world alike.