Madone des Verriers

  © Guy Rebmeister

CIAV Meisenthal-France 2005
Re-edition of Madonnas produced by the Goetzenbruck glassworks around 1870 Statue
blown glass, silvering
Ø 190 mm

In the second half of the 19th century, silvered glass was called Bauernsilber (farmers’ silver), which perfectly imitated silverware without the high price. In the local popular tradition, glass Madonnas ornamented the niches above entry doors, and were placed in wooden constructions nailed to trees to chase away evil spirits or to thank the deities for a favour. They were also displayed in homes, in a traditional small family alter.

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