S028 - The Goltz-Kinsky Palace
Miniature porcelain palace:
In front of you are pictures of a detailed replica of a real palace. It is a hand-crafted and faithfully processed porcelain model of palace in Prague, which one of the well-known. Our porcelain palaces 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 palaces. 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 Goltz-Kinsky Palace, which can be found at this address:
Old Town Square 606/12, Old Town, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
History of The Goltz-Kinsky Palace:
Originally there was a Romanesque rubbish heap, which was later replaced by three Gothic houses in the 14th c. These houses have undergone many reconstructions. One of them has a Romanesque basement preserved in the cellar of the palace. This area underwent radical Renaissance reconstruction after 1560. The first stage took place here under Trckové of Lipa, the second stage followed under Příchovští of Hodejov. On the prospectus from 1606 there is a two-floor palace above all other buildings. Count Jan Arnošt Golz bought some houses in that area in 1755 and invited the architect Anselm Lurago to rebuild them into one palace. In 1768 Golz sold the palace to Count Kinský, who bought several other surrounding houses. The complex has one main wing and several other wings reaching as far as Týnská Street. It has a Rococo style facade with many relief decorations such as St. John of Nepomuk, the Virgin Mary with a child, the kidnapping of Deianeira or the kidnapping of Europa. A beautiful Empire style staircase was built inside under Kinský’s direction. In the same building there was a German high school (Gymnasium) in the 19th c. People like Reiner Maria Rilke, Franz Werfel, Max Brod and Franz Kafka, whose father run a shop in the same building, went to school there. Klement Gottwald conducted most of his take-over from its balcony in February 1948. In this way he triggered off the darkest period of Czech history. The palace is today used as part of the National Gallery - it houses its collection of graphic art.
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 palaces 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 palaces to the USA and Canada. We have been sending our little palaces 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.