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Austria - Expo Paris 1855

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Next to Prussia are four trophies of Austrian industry, mainly porcelain and glassware.

The first trophy contains some samples of porcelain. A large vase, imitating China, adorns an upper part: above it is a sample of electrotyping, one of the most remarkable specialities of the Imperial Printing House in Vienna. It is a bas-relief representing David and Abigail from the first book of Kings, chapter XXV. Below this vase, others have been arranged, mixed with statuettes.
On both sides there are jars with engravings on one side, while opposite these engravings there is a lens, which is an integral part of the glass. Through this lens, one can see the small picture in relief, which is a charming effect. At the bottom, there are wooden boxes of original shape and workmanship, as well as a clock on the right side (Gothic style). In front of this trophy is a wooden mosaic prie-dieu. 2,500,000 small pieces of wood were used for this piece of furniture. Slammer and Dreul, in Vienna, are the manufacturers of all these wooden articles.

The second Austrian trophy is devoted exclusively to the famous Bohemian crystals. There will be jars, glasses and various glassware, blue and white engravings on a yellow background, of great perfection, etc. But the speciality of this industry is glazed glass, i.e. glass resembling the ice that settles on window panes in winter. On the top, there are two large, very elegant vases, pink and white, and, below, various objects made of this glass.

Two other large vases, below these, with blue arabesques in relief, will attract attention, as will the one below, of the same kind. The two smaller ruby vases are also noteworthy. This is another speciality of Bohemian glassware, for no other glassware has yet been able to produce such a beautiful ruby colour, with such intensity and brilliance of tone.

Opposite is a telescope for the Vienna Polytechnic, and next to it is a clock on a pedestal. The whole is of a polished black wood, resistant to the influence of heat, moisture and time.of the invention of the exhibitor, Mr. Raible, in Vienna.

Behind these objects is a model of a small steamboat, the Danube, a pyroscaphe which is distinguished by its shallow draught, which is only 1.22 m with cargo. Mr. Kitschelt has exhibited a small collection of bronzes, of which there is only one black vase on the left hand which deserves our attention.

Next to it are the bronze baptismal fonts, of great simplicity; then three tables decorated with inlays of aventurine, a kind of glass stone which is the speciality of the Venetian glass factory.

We now return to the third trophy.

The two large, richly gilded vases which adorn the front of the third trophy have that ruby colour of which we have just spoken. The rest are all kinds of crystal objects. It is the variety of design that is lacking in these crystals, which are otherwise of great purity and perfection of execution.

The fourth trophy represents the porcelain industry. One sees beautiful vases, imitation of China, statuettes of a good execution, and the current articles of this industry.

On the right-hand side is a small tea service (imitation China), which belongs to the Austrian Grand Duchess Sophie and was given to her by her son Emperor Franz Joseph.

A toilet in white Carrara marble, made by the chisel of M. Ciovani Isola, professor of sculpture at Massa, stands in front of this trophy. A round table supports three large oval mirrors surrounded by marble frames, representing ribbon bows, roses, loves and birds. Doves, very well executed, rest in the space between the mirrors and, above them, a small column supports Love sitting on a globe. Four vases, whose lids are sculpted with great perfection, are placed on the table to hold toiletries.

Mr. Sandri of Verona has exhibited beside and to the left a collection of terracotta marbles from Marbazt, in the province of Verona, forming the top of a mosaic table. A large, rather ungainly-looking scaffold rises behind it. It is filled with architectural ornaments, vases and terracotta statues of Austrian manufacture. All these articles are the common articles of the pottery factory at Wagram, near Vienna, and yet there are objects of real artistic merit: thus the statue of St. John Nepomuk, patron saint of Bohemia, and others.

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