S040 - The Building of City Insurance Company of Prague
Miniature porcelain building:
In front of you are pictures of a detailed replica of a real building. It is a hand-crafted and faithfully processed porcelain model of building in Prague, which one of the most beautiful. Our porcelain buildings 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 buildings. 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 Building of City Insurance Company of Prague, which can be found at this address:
Old Town Square 932/6, Old Town, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
History of The Building of City Insurance Company of Prague:
The site with its original houses was sold to the Town Insurance Company, which had to fight for permission to pull these houses down and replace them with a new building. The final project creates an illusion of two different houses. Its left side has four floors and marble wainscoting in its lower parts. It is decorated with relief depicting four faculties of the Charles University by the sculptor Ladislav Šaloun. The right side was built according to a project by Osvald Polívka, who also designed the New Town Hall and the Art Nouveau Municipal House. It has three floors, an attic roof, Neo-Baroque elements on the ground floor and Toscana columns. It has rich decorations. An example of these is the allegorical statues of Fire and Water. It also has a relief with the coat of arms of Prague. The sitting statues of Warning Call and Extinguishment of Fire are by Bohuslav Schnirch. The gable is decorated with the Countess Libuše, a kneeling figure and a panoramic picture of Prague in the background.
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 buildings 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 buildings to the USA and Canada. We have been sending our little buildings 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.