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Traditional Lauscha Glass Peacock

Traditional Lauscha Glass Peacock
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    Bird of Paradise.

    Every sort of magic power has been attributed to the peacock, and his shimmering feathers are a reminder of the majesty of the night sky. This one executed in glass features a real peacock feather from a breeding bird in the tail.

    Pure Form. Serially Produced Handicraft Christmas Tree Decoration.

    The Lauscha glass blowers or lampworkers originally considered the blown glass decorative figures a matter of pure form, because they owe their unique form to the process in which they are shaped with the help of the hot flame of an alcohol lamp into a two-part negative mould. The lamp today is a gas burner whose flame keeps the glass viscous and malleable. The moulds used today are the same as those used 100 or 150 years ago. Most are made of ceramic and must be handled carefully, because in order to preserve them they can't be overheated and must be cooled off at regular intervals. No more than 150 figures or ornaments can be blown in one batch. Solely the raw material used today is different from former times: instead of glass tubes drawn especially for this purpose, pre-fabricated bulbs made of colourless lime-sodium carbonate glass are used.

    An Entire Flock of Birds.

    Traditionally, animal figures and especially birds as allegorical figures with human characteristics have found their place in the Christmas tree. According to lore, there should be a symbol-laden encounter between a male and a female bird in the tree. However, we suppose it has very tangible reasons that the lampworkers are so fond of birds: The compact body of a bird is a good candidate for blowing in a mould. On one side of the glass bulb a delicate bird beak can be pulled drawn, and on the other side, the tail feathers can be attached. These used to be made from cut glass fibre, but in the 21st century, the craftsmen began to use real bird feathers.

    A reminder:

    these items are handcrafted. Smaller deviations in size and colour are always possible and by no means indicate carelessness.

    Pure Matter of Form. Christmas tree ornaments between handicraft and mass production

    The glassblowers of Lauscha used to call the figurative glass ornaments, which were blown into two-part negative molds "before the lamp", a matter of form. Today, as then, the lamp is the gas burner, whose flame keeps the glass viscous and malleable. And the molds that are used are also the same as 100 or 150 years ago. They are usually made of ceramic and must be handled with care, because in order to preserve them - and not overheat them in use - the molds must be gently cooled down again at regular intervals. Thus, no more than 150 figures or ornaments can be blown in one go. Only the starting material is different from what it used to be, because instead of glass tubes drawn especially for this purpose, prefabricated flasks made of colorless soda-lime glass are now used.

    And the whole flock of birds

    Animal figures and especially birds as allegories of human characteristics traditionally found their place on the Christmas tree. According to the story, there should be symbolically at least one male and one female bird that meet. Quite handily, however, the compact bird body is simply very well suited to being blown into molds. To one side of the glass bulb, the fine bird's beak can then be freely extended, and to the other, the tail feather can be attached. This almost always consisted of cut glass silk, only in the 20th century real bird feathers became fashionable.

    Hint:

    This product is an example of genuine handicraft; therefore, minor deviations in size and colour may occur.

    Product Information

    Article Number 70061

      Blow moulded glass, hand painted and decorated with a real peacock feather. The bird rocks back and forth on two metal coils with a clip.
      Length 20 cm, width 3.2 cm, height 8.5 cm. Weight 10 g.
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