S052 - The Old Town Bridge Tower of the Charles Bridge
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 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 Old Town Bridge Tower of the Charles Bridge, which can be found at this address:
Knights of the Cross Square, Old Town, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
History of The Old Town Bridge Tower of the Charles Bridge:
The bridge, which was originally called the „Stone Bridge“ or the „Prague Bridge“ and has only since 1870 borne the name „the Charles Bridge“, was built by the Czech King and Roman Emperor Charles IV. Its construction was entrusted to the builder Petr Parlér from Schwäbisch Gmünd. He was called to Prague in order to complete the cathedral after the death of the builder Matyas of Arras. Right above the first pier of the bridge, Parléř erected a 64 m high tower, which also served as a gate to the Old Town. To this day it is said that it is the most beautiful Gothic tower in Europe. Its rich decorations of figures on the western front (i.e. the side facing the bridge) were badly damaged during the Swedish siege of the Old Town and were, consequently, removed. The decoration of the eastern front (i.e. the side facing the town) was preserved. Above the arch there are the coats-of-arms of the Lands of the Czech Crown, the king and the emperor, and also the kingfisher, the symbol of King Wenceslas IV. Its central and upper parts are decorated by sandstone statues of the kings, namely Charles IV. and Wenceslas IV. and those of the Czech patron saints - St. Vitus, St. Vojtech and St. Zikmund.
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.