It was more than 160 years ago that gifted Czech engraver Ludwig Moser breathed life into Moser crystal and in doing so enchanted the world. From the very beginning he worked with traditional glass making technology, but it was above all his talent and art that gave the collections their uniqueness and beauty.
Since that time. Moser crystal has been ever-present at royal weddings and gatherings of the political elite and has been sought after by people with refined taste. Take a look at what makes this traditional Czech brand unique throughout the world.
manufacturer based in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, previously Ludwig Moser & Sons in Bohemia, Austria-Hungary. The company is known for manufacturing stemware, decorative glassware such as vases, ashtray, candlestick, glass gifts and various art engravings. Moser is one of the most collected of 20th century decorative glass and has been used everywhere from palaces to local restaurants. From its beginnings in 1857, as a polishing and engraving workshop, it developed into a lead-free glass manufacturer lasting through the 20th century until the present. It is considered as the most luxurious Czech brand.
The original company Moser glass-works, founded in 1857 by Ludwig Moser in Karlovy Vary, was a glass workshop initially devoted to polishing and engraving glass blanks only later did the company begin designing and making its own art glass products. At the Vienna International Exhibition of 1873 he was awarded a medal for merit; that same year he was appointed the exclusive supplier of glass to the Emperor Franz Joseph I.] He would win numerous other awards in the coming years, including medals at the World Exhibitions in Paris in 1879, 1889 and 1900, and the World Exhibition in Chicago in 1893
Just like over 160 years ago, Moser remains an exclusive manufacturer. The exclusively hand-worked glass produced by our master glassmakers means that every Moser bowl, vase or other object is a true original.
The slogan Moser – the king of glass originated in January 1869, when the director of the Vienna Museum for Art and Industry Rudolf Eitelberger issued a certificate about the perfection of Ludwig Moser’s glass. Its quality was also confirmed by the medal from 1873 Vienna World’s Fair. This year, Moser became an official supplier of glass to Vienna for the Austrian Imperial Court of Franz Joseph I. Since 1901 for the Persian Shah Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar and from 1908 for King Edward VII of England. Later also for Pope Pius XI, the Turkish sultan Abdul Hamid II., and the king Luís I of Portugal and his wife, Maria Pia of Savoy. At that time, Moser already had a sales office in New York, London, Paris and St. Petersburg. Thus, the nickname of the Moser glassworks spread to Glass of Kings and King among Glass.
The unique properties of each piece are the result of skilled work with molten glass at the furnace, at a temperature of 1300 °C, the hand-carving of wooden moulds, cutting, painting, gilding or polishing of gold and several months of patient work on artistic engravings.
By Olga Bejuà / 2020 for D&F Magazine