The City of Prague Museum

The Objects of Praguers around 1900

Presentation of 3D models of collection items 

A web extension to the exhibition Prague 1848→ 1918

 

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Smoking Table from the 1890s  

Inventory number H 51 352

The carved wood smoking table was marketed by the shop called U Města Paříže (At the City of Paris), a ‘department store selling decoration goods and toys’, which was located at Celetná Street no. 15. The department store was open from the mid-19th century to the late 1920s and sold luxurious items to Praguers and visitors to the metropolis. It was a department store corresponding to the historical meaning, i.e. with a shopping area encompassing multiple rooms, which according to the late 19th century guide was ‘gorgeously furnished, had cellars and two storeys. It employed 50 gentlemen and 10 ladies.’

U Města Paříže (At the City of Paris) Department Store shopping catalogue featuring a smoking table, last third of the 19th century, MMP 220 129

U Města Paříže (At the City of Paris) Department Store shopping catalogue, last third of the 19th century, MMP 220 129

 

3D model of the smoking table

  

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Ladies’ Gloves from around 1900 in a Luxurious Case 

Inventory number H 254 026

The blue goat leather gloves in an elaborated casing – a leather-covered etui (case) that included a bone glove stretcher. According to traditional fashion, gloves were widely worn. In addition to hand protection, they were used for decoration and self-presentation. To make a good impression, the most respectable customers received their gloves in a flawlessly elaborated casing – a leather covered etui with decorative metal elements. The etui also included a bone glove stretcher to extend the favourable appearance of the gloves. The bottom part of the case featured a label of the renowned department store U Města Paříže.

Interior of U Města Paříže (At the City of Paris) Department Store, last third of the 19th century, MMP 33 194

U Města Paříže (At the City of Paris) Department Store shopping catalogue featuring gloves’ cases, last third of the 19th century, MMP 220 129

 

3D model of the ladies’ gloves

  

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Natural Ice Refrigerator from a Prague Home Dated 1907 

Inventory number H 254 452

In 1907, the occupants of U Městského sadu (At the City Orchard) House in today’s Washington Street no. 9 began to use this wooden cabinet with a metal compartment for ice that chilled the food placed in the cabinet. Natural ice was placed in the metal case that chilled the foodstuffs area. Based on the memories of the last user of this refrigerator, from whom the museum acquired it in 2005, people would come to the Vltava to get ice from the ice diggers who cut out ice from the frozen river and carried them to brewery cellars and icehouses.

Ice digging near Šítkov Mills around 1900, photo by Jindřich Eckert, MMP H 10 095

Ice digging near Mánes in the 1930s, MMP H 46 197

 

3D model of the refrigerator

  

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