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Founded in 1847, Franz Mayer of Munich is one of the world’s foremost studios for mosaics and stained glass. Dedicated to the restoration of historic works as well as the execution of contemporary projects for artists and architects worldwide, the family-owned company is widely lauded for its commitment to maintaining the highest standards of quality.
Generously illustrated, Franz Mayer of Munich takes readers on a tour of the company’s long history, from its genesis as a fine arts manufacturer to the establishment of a stained glass department in 1860 and the period of rapid growth and expansion—including the opening of branches in London and New York—that followed. In 1925, a mosaic department was added and the company began honing its expertise in these areas, enabling ever more ambitious rebuilds and restorations. In addition to the company’s history, essays and photographs provide insight into Franz Mayer of Munich today, documenting projects’ development and realization.
Works by Franz Mayer of Munich can be seen in public spaces all across the world, but there have been few accessible books about the company. This book fills that gap and will be welcomed by those interested in learning more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783777452517
Publisher: Hirmer Publishers
Publication date: 07/15/2013
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 11.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Gottfried Knapp is a critic of art and architecture at the Süddeutsche Zeitung and a member of the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste. He is the editor of several books, including Christina von Bitter: The Skin of Things. Bernhard Graf is an art historian and the author, most recently, of Bridges That Changed the World.

Table of Contents

Foreword. Brian Clarke


History.  Bernhard Graf

Founded in Prerevolutionary Times

You Do Not Know Germany Unless You Have Visited Munich

No Success without Diligence, Frugalness, and Thriftiness

A Studio for the Artists (since 1918)

Onset of Modernity

Karl Knappe – The New Beginning of Stained Glass

New Construction in Times of Inflation

“A Vision Like Nero’s”

In the Middle of Reconstruction

Karl Knappe and Mosaic Art

Stained Glass from the 1950s to the 1970s

German Post-War Stained Glass Becomes “World Famous”

Josef Oberberger Holding Court at the Kunstanstalt

The Fourth Generation Takes Over

The Beginning of a New Era

The Breakthrough of Float Glass Art

Innovative “Public Art” Instead of “Kunst am Bau”


An Avant-garde Studio. The Mayer’sche Hofkunstanstalt as a laboratory for new technologies

Gottfried Knapp


Artist Portrait Brian Clarke

Mayer of Munich – A View from England

Martin Harrison


Studio, Processes and Techniques

The Studio: A Workshop Environment

Glass Painting / Leading / Gluing

Faceted Glass / Slumped and Fused Glass / Stacked Glass

Float Glass Painting

The Effects of Light and Space

The Studio for Artistic Mosaic Design

Editor’s Epilogue. Gabriel Mayer


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