S053 - The Powder Gate of Prague
Miniature porcelain gate:
In front of you are pictures of a detailed replica of a real gate. It is a hand-crafted and faithfully processed porcelain model of gate in Prague, which one of the well-known. Our porcelain gates 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 gates. 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 Powder Gate of Prague, which can be found at this address:
Republic Square, Old Town, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
History of The Powder Gate of Prague:
The tower was originally called the Mountain Gate because it belonged to the main road leading to the town of Kutná Hora. (Hora means mountain in Czech.) Since 1375 the Royal Court (which later even became the royal seat for a short time) stood in the area. For this reason the tower was sometimes in the 15th c. referred to as the Royal Gate. The gate was not intended to form part of the fortification system because the New Town of Prague had already been constructed around it. It was built as a representative building used for traditional services. The tower was built on the site of a previous tower in 1457. The first architect was Master Václav, Matyáš Rejsek took over building work a year later. The building was not finished during that time due to the fact that the royal seat moved back to Prague Castle. From 1715 the tower served as a gunpowder store, which gave it its present name Prašná brána. It was severely damaged in 1757 during the Prussian siege and in 1818 it was intended to be torn down due to its condition. In spite of all this the tower remained standing and in 1878 a restoration project came up. The architect Mocker started to work on the Neo-Gothic restoration in 1886, using as a model one of the towers of the Charles Bridge. The restoration was completed in 1909. Other significant restoration works were carried out between 1960 - 63 and 1992 - 93.
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 gates 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 gates to the USA and Canada. We have been sending our little gates 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.