Novy Bor Crystal Factories & Crystal Historical Replicas
Crystal blowing, shopping in factory store.
Order Tour Code: C N3
This complex is home to 4 large crystal factories
and 17 small glassworks and is a very good
place to shop for artistic crystal, crystal historical
replicas, chandeliers and any other kind of crystal.
Closed on weekends.
Novy Bor is a town famous for its crystal—the craft has been taught there since 1763 in a still-existing high school.
Its first crystal factory, one of Europe’s oldest, has been continuously producing since 1414.
There are a total of four crystal factories there, along with 17 small workshops.
They specialize in art glass and unusual chandeliers (people interesting in buying chandeliers can do it in the local shops or can go to the town of Kamenicky Senov, 15 km from Novy Bor).
In Novy Bor, we’ll see the Hantych Egermann factory,founded in 1861, which holds the world patent for so-called Egermann red lazur - decorating the glass by staining known as "Egermann glass".
Friedrich Egermann invented this technique in 1830.
Come to see the work of glassmakers, you can try to blow the crystal as well.
One of the most famous designers is from here - the world famous Borek Sipek , that worked for instance also for the president Mitterandt and our president Havel and supplies with his products the Danish royal family .
Glass is available for purchase at shops in the city center and at the factories themselves.
The crystal factory is closed on weekends and during state holidays.
We also suggest a trip to the crystal museum in the 1804 Empire House (closed on Mondays).
Come and see with us the famous crystal factory and private crystal makers.
Seeing the crystal blowing and shopping in the factory wholesale store.
Shopping in the private workshop of the crystal maker.
Both the history and present of the Hantych and Egermann Company have been inherently connected with the most important personality of the glass manufacture - Friedrich Egermann. Thanks to his talent and diligence he achieved revolutionary discoveries despite of that they brought him several times even injuries. Their consequences were masked for the rest of his life by his famous little black cap. He became a respected citizen of Nový Bor.
His house and refinery were visited by important celebrities, among them even by the emperor Ferdinand I.
The highest acknowledgement obtained his invention of the red staining in 1832. Due to the invention he managed to raise the Bohemian glassmaking on the world standard and to win numerous awards.
The tradition of the manufacture has been preserved until now under the trade mark “Egermann”.
The factory is specialized exclusively onto the hand decorated glass manufacture. Its products have utility, decorative and highly art-oriented character.
The unique products of the incomparable series Egermann, called after the inventor of the decorating technology, Mr. Friedrich Egermann (1777 - 1864) from Nový Bor. The dark ruby red colouring on the glass surface is decorated by baroque patterns using cutting and engraving. The EGERMANN Co. is the main world manufacturer using the red staining decoration.
RED STAINING-HISTORICAL REPLICAS
Copies of historical glass beakers decorated mainly by staining with rich cut and engraved patterns.
Other of the unique products of the Egermann Co. The green or black colouring formed on the glass surface is decorated by the technique called engraving. The EGERMANN Co. is the main world manufacturer using the green staining decoration.
YELLOW STAINING-HISTORICAL REPLICAS
The honney-brown colouring of the staining formed on the surface of the amber glass decorated mainly by cutting and engraving in combination with bright gold .
CASED, CUT AND PAINTED STAINING
Crystal or amber staining, decorated by cutting and bright gold or platinum. The surfaces covered by staining can be decorated by engraving.
A very demanding and costly decorative technology. After the first blowing a crystal semi-product is overlaid with another layer of the colour glass mass. The major part of the colour layer is then cut off (the colour glass forms so called "bevels") and the crystal surfaces are polished with polishing wheels and decorated by hand using the real gold.
HISTORICAL REPLICAS OF PANELED AND PAINTED GLASS
A demanding technology copying historical replicas of cased, cut and painted as well as of painted glass. The combination of gold and a fine decoration using enamel paints adds to the products an exclusive appearance.
Exclusive products of the Egermann Co. This unique and unusuall technology uses a combination of ground gold and silver. The motif itself is then painted using a pen and black ink by hand.
ART PAINTED GLASS
A classic technique of hand painted, rich decorated glass. Floral motifs are complemented mainly by a gilt relief.
This painting technique has been characterized by flowers painted by enamel colours onto ground gold. The decoration is completed by in relief painted and gilt arabesques.
HIGH ENAMEL AND RED STAINING COMBINATION
A production group using a combination of red staining, engraving and richly decorated high enamel. Thank to the three techniques an unique and demanding decoration is produced.
A special painting technique using application of ices (fine crushed meltable glasses), their following firing in a decorating kiln and a final decoration by gold, platinum or by a combination with other painting techniques.
HISTORICAL REPLICA-PAINTED GLASS
Replicas of hand painted articles with figures and ornamental motifs manufactured in workshops of glass masters of the 18th and 19th centuries .
CUT AND FACETTED GLASS
Decoration of hot decorated glass by cutting and polishing of large areas (called facetting). The final processing demands high precision intensifying the complete effect.
CUT GLASS, SCULPTURES
By cutting, very nice decorative effects can be achieved. The technique has been used for glass hot pre-shaped in the glassworks onto ”zoomorphic shapes” (various kinds of fish, pigeons, toucans, turtles, herons etc.). Due to the exclusively hand processing, each piece is an original and can be taken for an art piece. The given objects are counted among the top company products.
FREE BLOWN GLASS
They are shaped by hands of glass blowers using wooden and iron tools directly at the furnace. Their characteristic feature is a massive appearance and distinctive colours. A combination of various glass masses gives interesting colour effects. Each piece is a reflection of the craftmanship of the glass blower.
FREE HAND BLOWN GLASS
Thanks to a combination of various hot techniques (application of threads, blobbings, …) free shaped products, both of utility and decorative character, are manufactured – fruits, vegetables, flowers, eggs, balls, paperweights, rods, fish etc. Often, they can be a suitable complement of interiors.
The re-introduced production of so popular lightings – chandeliers, wall lamps, lamps and other lighting bodies decorated by stainings, high enamels, casing-cutting-painting and other decorating techniques and patterns.
The art engraving allowes decorating by ornamental and figural motifs in a relief and embossed way. One of the most work demanding decorating techniques. Especially the thick-wall crystal glasses are decorated by the art engraving.
The Egermann Company belongs among the major stained glass producers in the Czech Republic. The production programme includes traditional techniques of decorated and painted stained glass put into lead and brass (lustred, sandblasted and engraved stained glass) as well as later progressive technologies of fusing and free hand hot production of stained glass.
The base is formed by manufacturing of semi-products of soda-potassium glass and by their decoration using traditional hand techniques. the shape assortment is quite wide – cups, goblets, decanters, jugs, narghiles, dishes, doses, vases, candlesticks, bells, baskets, cosmetic bottles and cordial, tea, beer, water, mocca and bowle sets. The company has a rich range of colour glass masses at disposal – clear, amber, blue, green, gold rosa, when necessary also aquamarine, gray smoke, brown smoke, rosaline, opal etc. Products are manufactured in a wide decorative series according to drawings (i.e. anytime repeatable). The production program includes a wide range of manufacturing groups according to their way of decoration.
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1)Novy Bor crystal factories trip number CN3 – 5hour round trip
Glass making in the Czech lands has a thousand year , , uninterrupted history of creativity and craftsmanship. The groundwork for success was laid at its very beginning . This country was called „ a land where the place and its naturalness itslef is blessed with an abundance of materials necessary for manufacture „ , i.e. with wood for firing the kilns and for burning down to ashes , used than for producing potash , and copious amounts of quality silica and limestone . Bohemia also contains plenty of fire-resistant materials for ovens and pans , with energy created from mountains steams and brooks for turning grinding machines and crushers. Another main factor contributing to its success is its people with their craftsmanship, know-how and their rare sense for crystal and its usage as glass pearls , vessels and windows.
Czech crystal makers first received attention for their work in the Middle Ages . Czechs have influeenced glass making in neighbouring countries since the second half of the 16th century . It took another 100 years for cultivated Bohemian crystal , known for its excellent cut and engraving , to outshine Venetian crystal as well as crystal markets around Europe and in the Americas , at that time admired around the world . Through their own discoveries , they have influenced the wolrd crystal culture more than once and have actively taken part in helping it to flourish . They preferably developed handmade production - shaping and coloring melted glass mixtures in the smelts , and surface and refind etching , cut and mainly painting . They began to build a technical glassmaking school systém in the middle of the 19th century , in the 1920s they began to educate the first specialized glass creators at an Art University .
No glass and crystal producer on earth can match as many techniques and technology in surface refinement of products used by the Czech producers under the labels Bohemia Crystal and Bohemia Glass. Studio creation is among the indisputable successes of modern Czech glassmaking based on mastery and invention . Some of these creators went beyond abstract boundary between so-called useful and free art . They created the first sculptures from glass and area composition of an artistic quality comparable with works of leading sculptors and painters.