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NEW ORLEANS STEAMBOAT ORNAMENT

$38.00

New Orleans Steamboat by Micheal Storrings for Landmark Creations
4" long x 2" wide x 3" high PACKAGED IN WHITE GIFT BOX WITH ACID FREE PAPER.


One of the last remaining European folk arts, the art of glass blowing actually dates back to the
second half of the first century, B.C.E. It began along the Eastern Coast of the Mediterranean
Sea and quickly spread throughout the Roman Empire. The blowing of glass ornaments began
in Germany, Poland and Czechoslovakia about 150 years ago, where Christmas decoration and tradition is particularly strong. In the eastern part of Germany, basic ball and fruit designs were
most commonly blown. In Poland, glass ornaments and reflectors were used as year-round
decoration in mobiles and wreaths, while in Czechoslovakia, the art of glass beads was being perfected. The decoration became more elaborate and sophisticated as this cottage industry
practiced its craft. Sadly, Communism almost obliterated the craft after World War II, when the emphasis of manufacturing became one of quantity, instead of quality.

Recently, some of the molds of ornaments from long ago were uncovered and the industry
has been enjoying a renaissance. There is an inherent quality in a product which is hand-blown
and hand-decorated. Mass-packaged and machine-made pieces simply do not have the same
level of craftsmanship, tradition and timelessness. The demand for these hand-blown,
hand-painted ornaments is so prevalent today, that not only are the old European molds
being blown once again, but also innovative new molds interpreting fresh ideas into glass.


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A unique museum gift shop located in the French Quarter that offers reproduction maps and prints, jewelry and gifts by local artists and our own publications as well as many other titles related to the culture and history of New Orleans and Louisiana. Many of the items in this shop can only be found at The Historic New Orleans Collection. This gift shop features reproduction items from our collections that are educational and exclusive.