Moser glassworks

Dimensions 80 × 60 cm Year produced 2023 Medium/material oil on canvas Web Foto Hana Knížová Text ES


Emperor Franz Joseph I, Persian Shash Mozaffar ad-Din, Elizabeth II, princess Sayako of Japan and singer Louis Armstrong all had hand-blown and hand decorated glass from the Moser manufactory in Karlovy Vary in their households. The Moser craftsmen have been honing their time-tested methods since the glassworks’ foundation in 1857. These methods include traditional gilding, cutting and blowing specific types of colored glass that make Moser products easily recognizable to this day.


Dominik Forman (* 1989) is an artist and teacher based in Prague. He graduated from the Pedagogical Faculty of Charles University majoring in Czech language, literary studies and art education, simultaneously studying painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Technical University in Brno. His work deals with the rehabilitation of realistic painting and analyzing its potential contemporary relevance. He is co-author of Manifest radikálního realismu (Manifesto for Radical Realism). He works as a middle-school teacher.

About the company

The story of the famous company began in the spa town of Karlovy Vary in 1857, when a twenty-four-year-old Ludwig Moser established an engraving workshop and shop. He was not only a talented glass artist but also a capable entrepreneur. Within a few years he managed to build a manufacture that became famous all over the world. His company soon became the main supplier to the Imperial Court in Vienna and its fame only grew from there. The luxurious hand-made crystal products made by Moser found their way to the royal courts in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Spain and Jordan, and have become synonymous with excellence.

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