GOLDBERG – Luxury Decorative Glass

The GOLDBERG brand builds on the artistic, aesthetic, and historical traditions used by top glass manufacturers and refineries in the North Bohemian region, and produces contemporary designs using the most traditionally demanding glass-making techniques.

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Původní nákresy Goldberg

Goldberg Brand History

Carl Goldberg opened a separate glass painting workshop in Arnultovice in 1881, and in 1884 he expanded his operation (around 1885 he was already assigning work to about 30 people). Initially, he produced gilded glassware and paintings. After the founding of the glass refinery in 1891, for whose management he commissioned Josef Kreys, he painted, cut and engraved utility and luxury glassware, from toilet sets to electric lamps. He gradually introduced a number of effective non-traditional painting techniques and their combinations.

More details in complete research by PhDr. Petr Novy, Chief Curator of the Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou.

Unique techniques

The original Carl Goldberg company boasted not only a wide product range, but also of its extremely extensive range of decorative techniques. The company’s founder, Carl Goldberg, was a very capable painter. This was naturally reflected in the company’s range of products, in which painted glass predominates. The company had plain glassware decorated with traditional painting techniques – painting, high enamelling, gilding, silvering, pen-and-ink drawing, sandblasting or, less common today, glazing, iridisation, etching, electroplating and aerography.

The inspiration by high enamelling technique is used, for example, in the “Rose” collection by designer František Jungvirt. The uniqueness of this collection lies in the development of ornamentation. The aim was to create flowers in as high relief as possible above the surface, according to the original Goldberg designs from the first third of the 20th century. However, with current knowledge and procedures, a similar effect can no longer be achieved with the help of paints alone. In the case of the flowers themselves, the high enamel was replaced by hotsculpted flowers; small details were then supplemented by painting and gilding.

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