| An exciting new book:
|"The roots of the Northern Bohemian glass industry and the
glass-maker family Friedrich"
| Northern Bohemia still retains
some secrets! For centuries they have lain dormant in the native soil.
Now Czech archaeologists have brought them to light. The book "The
roots of the Northern Bohemian glass industry and the glass-maker
family Friedrich" discloses them in German for the first time.
The author has linked the jigsaw pieces of archaeology with those
of nomenclature, documents and historical facts to form a fascinating
picture of the centuries-old German-Bohemian tradition of glass art.
For it was German pioneers of glass-manufacturing who cleared woodland
in the Lusatian Mountains around the year 1250 and built glassworks,
also known as glass huts.
From as early as 750 years
ago, the shadowy picture of the oldest German-Bohemian glass-maker
family Friedrich emerges, who contributed greatly towards the creation
of the world-famous "Bohemian glass". In pre-Hussite times
they produced amazing works of vitreous art near Daubitz, nowadays
called Doubice. During the 16th and 17th centuries, as a result of
the family’s development of their glass factory in Oberkreibitz,
today Horní Chribská, Bohemian glass art enjoyed its
first heyday. The history of this glass hut has never been portrayed
in such detail as in this book.
Moreover, the unparalleled expansion of this
glass-maker family over many European countries has never before been
so comprehensively described. Its hut master dynasties made glass
history in Bohemia, Silesia, Austria, Tyrol and Slovenia. Its glass-makers
proved their artistic skills and technological experience in Brandenburg,
Saxony, Thuringia, Bavaria, Styria, Slovakia, Croatia and so on. The
well-known glass artist Friedrich Egermann also ranked among the family’s
descendants. The striving of the researchers for new discoveries,
the characters and fates of the glass masters, the everyday life of
the ancestors: everything is described in an exciting and lively manner.
This extensive monograph closes a gap in the
history of European glass. It is a book that is most interesting for
glass lovers, for people interested in history, especially in the
history of Bohemia, and for genealogists alike.
Walter A. Friedrich:
Die Wurzeln der nordböhmischen Glasindustrie und die
Glasmacherfamilie Friedrich (only available in German)
(Fuerth 2005, published by the author; 422 pages, 15,5 x 21,5 cm,
paperback. ISBN: 3-00-015752-2)
Price: 28,00 EUR plus 4,90 EUR postage and packing for orders from
Order by online form or by sending a
postcard to: Walter A. Friedrich, Alte Reutstr. 69, D-90765 Fuerth,
|Pokal aus marmoriertem
Glas, Grimnitz 1602 (Grünes Gewölbe; mit freundl. Genehmigung
der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden)