S023 - The Prague Astronomical Clock - The Old Town Hall Tower
Miniature porcelain tower:
In front of you are pictures of a detailed replica of a real tower. It is a hand-crafted and faithfully processed porcelain model of clock tower in Prague, which one of the well-known. Our porcelain towers 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 towers. 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 Prague Astronomical Clock - The Old Town Hall Tower, which can be found at:
Old Town Hall 1/3, Old Town, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
History of The Old Town Hall Tower - The Prague Astronomical Clock:
The Town Hall Tower, 72 m high, was built in 1364. The chapel with its oriel Gothic window is on the first floor. It was built by the iron foundry of Petr Parléř, who also built the cathedral at the Prague Castle. The tower clock was placed there in 1406 and the Astronomical Clock in 1410. It was made by the clock master Mikuláš of Kadaň and the astronomer Jan Schindel, who was a Professor at the Charles University. The clock was made during the reign of King Wenceslas IV. when astronomy was popular. The astrolabe of the clock was probably made by Master Hanuš. In 1659 wooden allegorical figures representing astronomy, arts, death etc. were positioned above it and the figures of the apostles made by the sculptor Vojtěch Sucharda were added in 1886 with allegorical motives and zodiac signs painted by Josef Mánes. Between 1830 and 1834 a Neo-Gothic eastern wing by the architect Sprenger was added. However, it was damaged during the uprising in May 1945 and pulled down after the Communist take-over in February 1948. The tower and the clock were renovated so it shows the time and the position of heavenly bodies for the past 600 years.
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 towers 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 towers to the USA and Canada. We have been sending our little towers 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.