S020 - The House of the Furrier Mikes
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 interesting. 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 of the Furrier Mikes, which can be found at this address:
Old Town Hall 1/3, Old Town, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
History of a House:
The first owner of this house was the merchant Kříž, who is often mentioned in the city records. Later the house was bought and renovated by the furrier Mikeš and soon after it burnt down. Mikeš’s widow donated the remains to the Magistrate in 1458. It underwent reconstruction together with the Western House next to it and since that time it has been used as part of the Town Hall. Between 1879 - 1880 another reconstruction was done by the architect Bernard Grueber in the Neo-Renaissance style. A new hall was added for representatives of the town and it was further adapted in 1911. The mayor of Prague receives official visits here.
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.