Traditional Lauscha Miniatures
Article Number 80060
Christmas Tree Decorations from Lauscha.
Lauscha, a small town in Thhuringia, has been associated with glass production for over 400 years. The first workshop was founded there in 1597, laying the foundations for the rest of the Thuringian glass industry which is today world-famous. These Lauscha miniatures have been specially made for Christmas trees – hand-blown, then (also by hand) given a wafer-thin layer of pure silver inside, lacquered and enhanced with a glittering finish.
Reflected Light: Glass Christmas Tree Decorations.
It’s hard to imagine in this day and age – relentlessly dazzled as we are by powerful bulbs, strip-lighting and all the rest of it – that, only a century and a half ago, light was a highly-prized resource in the winter months. In those days one of the Christmas messages was the ‘advent’ of light – the light that shines in the darkness – symbolized by the brightly lit Christmas fir-tree standing in the dark parlour: a real ‘sensation’ for the eyes of both parents and their children. After 1830 every family wanted glass decorations for their Christmas trees, and German glass-blowers fell over themselves designing models able to catch, refract and reflect the light of Christmas tree candles with maximum effectiveness given the limited materials available (glass, silver paint and wire). With the help of silver, fine-spun glass floss and crushed glass splinters a whole variety of beautiful optical effects could be created. Another technique involved the ‘stamping’ of the surface of a glass ball with a variety of patterns, often of a complex nature, which then reflected the light all round the room.
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