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A "Artikel in "Europeanblades" 2017

http://www.europeanblades.com/interview-with-gotscha-lagidse/

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The History of Iron Processing and the Creation of Weapons in Georgia

David Kuparadze, Gotcha Lagidze, Mamuka Kapianidze

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Mazarin, 2015. lengte 150 mm. Vuurgeblauwd staal, Vuur gebruind RVS, verguld messing.

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"Shamil" -2015, kling van damast staal, onderdelen ingelegd met 24 k goud, greep van buffel hoorn, magnolia hout, “shagrin” leder. 510x45mm

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Georgische Palash, 2016

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Georgische dolk, 2016

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Gotscha Lagidse - 1-te prijs

Expositie Vereniging Nederlandse Wapenverzamelaars, 14 december 2014

Jury leden: Mr. J.P Loef, Peter Meester, Marcel Mulder

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Dolk "Gurieli", 2015

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Sword of Giorgi Saakadze by Gotscha Lagidse, 2014

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Reconstruction of "Swanetian Bows", 2017 (in progres)

Copyricht © National Museum of Georgia

Bows from Museum of Mestia (Georgia), dated with 12 cetury

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Schild, 2017 (in progres)

Shild from Georgian national Museum in Tbilisi dated with 16 century

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The History of Iron Processing and the Creation of Weapons in Georgia (artikle)

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Sword of King Erekle II of Georgia, 2013

Reconstruction of Gorda Sword &17 century) of Royal Family Bagrationi, after original sword from Georgian National Museum in Tbilisi.

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Shild of King Vakhtang Gorgasali of Georgia, 2013

Reconstruction of Svanetian Shild, after original from collection of Museum in Mestia (Georgia) dated with 11 century.

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Sword of King Swimon of Kartli (Georgia), 2012

Atelier Gotscha, sword "Shamshir", 2012 (meer over dit project / in constructie)

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Tsolauri of King Solomon I of Imeretie (Georgia), 2012

Studio Gotscha Lagidse, sword "Tsolauri", 2012 (more

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Sword "Tsolauri" of King Erekle II of Georgia, 2012

Atelier Gotscha, sword "Tsolauri", 2012 (more)

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Sword of Giorgi Saakadze by Gotscha Lagidse, 2011

more about project

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Gotscha - 23 - 24 september 2011, member of fair SICAC Parijs

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Repport Workshop Bulat / Wootz 2010 (Englisch)

Close Ups of bulat by Zaqro Nonikashvili

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Close up Bulat blade of sword of King Erekle II of Georgia 

Heterogeneous structure Bulat steels and its possibility Receptions

Metallographical analysis of high quality persian blades by Dr. Badri Amaglobeli, Tbilisi - Georgia, 1984. A Georgian scientist, wrote a PhD on Bulat in 1984. 

This was not accesable due to USSR issues. Mr Amaglobeli kindly approved to share this PhD with others who are interested.

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Gotscha - 23 april 2011 - expositie bij DKE 2011

Dager "Tavadi" (Prins), 2011. Bulat/Wootz/Javarden steel, zilver 710 gr, gold 5 gr, Limoge enamel. Size: 500 X 56mm. More

 


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2009 -Reconstruction of "Shamshir" of King Erekle II of Georgia

 Reconstruction of sword of King Erekle II of Georgia by Studio Gotscha, 2009

 Original sword of King Erekle II of Georgia / Georgian National Museum

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Restoration

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Project by Georgian National Museum in Tbilisi

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Recontruction of target crossbow with Englisch windlass, 18th century - 2008

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Rocketeer helmet - 2008

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Minature swords 2008

Miniature swords, 20, 23cm

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Boy's armour 2008

Interpretation of Boy's armour, After the painting (1578-79) of  Maurice Prince of Orange. The portrait is one of a series of eight paintings of members of the House of Orange.  Artist unknown( Artist unknown)

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Armour 2008

Gotscha, 2007-2008. Armour pesented by Historisch Woonmuseum "Don Quichote". januari 2008

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Deelnemer van Internationaal Festival "Cveneburebi", Tbilisi 2008

georganiseerd ter gelegenheid van Jubileum Ilia II, Patriarch van Georgie

Ontvangst bij Patriarch van Georgie Ilia II, december 2007

Ontvangst bij het Ministerie van Buitenlandse zaken in Georgie, december 2007

24.12.2007 - 06-01-2008 deelnemer van gezamenlijke expositie in Museum - Galerie "Kharvasla" in Tbilisi (Georgië) tijdens Internationaal Festival "Cveneburebi"

Foto's Tbilisi (klik hier)

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Studie van "Wootz" Steel -2008

 

Dit "Javari" of "Bulat" (ook genoemd Wootz staal) is gesmolten in januari 2008 tijdens mijn deelname in International Festival met expositie in Galerie "Kharvasla" in Tbilisi (Georgie). In Georgie zijn enkele specialisten die dit staal kunnen maken voor messen, dolken en zwaardklingen. Georgie heeft eeuwenlange historie met het maken en bewerken van Bulat. Bulat klingen waren daar tot medio 19de eeuw geproduceerd. Georgië was samen met India  beroemd met de productie van het beste "Bulati" staal in de wereld. In Tbilisi leefde in de negentiende eeuw de familie Elizarashvili, waarvan voorouder Giorgi een belangrijk meester was. Hij had de kunst geërfd en later aan zijn zonen en kleinzonen doorgegeven. De productie van het zwaard was geheim. Maar één van zijn zonen, Kharaman, gaf in 1828 het geheim van de Georgische zwaardstaal productie, alsook zijn eigen modellen aan Rusland. Generaal Paskevich stuurde deze modellen naar Tsar Nocholai de eerste. Snel nadien werden er vanuit de Russische fabriek van Zlatoust de vooruitstrevende meesters Ivjakov, Djatlov en de Duitse Meester Vasil Golfers naar Georgië gezonden. Ze brachten dit kennis in 1830 bij fabriek in Zlatoust. Maar de mensen die dit vak kenden zeiden vaak, dat de Russische meesters wel goede zwaarden in Tbilisi maakten, maar dat niet konden doen in Rusland, omdat enkel theoretische kennis blijkt niet genoeg was. In fabriek van Zlatoust is productie van Bulat staal verder ontwikkeld. Dit Verhaal is in archieven bewaard gebleven en de werken van Elisaraschvili's zijn bewaard in Hermitage in St. Petersburg.

Javari, Bulat of wootzstaal (uitgesproken als "woets") is een met speciale regime gesmolten afgietsel. Andere benamingen voor dit staal zijn wutz of wutzstaal, Indisch staal, en gedamasceerd staal, damast of damask staal. Het staal zou reeds rond het jaar 300 na Christus ontwikkeld zijn; sommige bronnen zeggen zelfs 200 vóór Christus. Dankzij de hardheid en scherpte werd het vooral gebruikt voor het maken van sabels en zwaarden. Dit kwam door het ijzercarbide in het het staal, dat bij het afkoelen van het staal in banden uitkristalliseerde, waardoor deze wapens een karakteristieke tekening verkregen. Een ervaren smid kon zo wapens voorzien van typische bladmotieven.

  (Tubal / First  Blacksmiths in Georgia)

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Maliënkolder (nieuwe stijl)-2008

Maliënkolder (metamorfose van maliënkolder aks hoofddeksel van ridder tot de moderne schaalobject), 2008. staal, zilver, 25x25cm

Aanleiding voor deze creatie is persoonlijke uitnodiging van Jan en Anneke en van Nouhuys om een een schaalobject te ontwerpen voor de gezamenlijke expositie met titel: "Hoofddeksels en tafelhoeden" van 19 april - 31 mei 2008 in de galerie Studio 925 in Schoonhoven en op de pAn in november 2008.

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Sofia

Sofia, 2007, 8x8 cm, silver and iron bluing with fire

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Flyer Gotscha Lagidse  page 1 I page 2

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Reconstruction of Tornament Helmet

  

Boy Armour

Photo © Legermuseum 

Princess Maxima opens exposition in the Royal Army Museum where two armours made by Gotscha are displayed, Mart 2007.

C. van Bruggen © Legermuseum

Boy's armour, After the painting (1578-79) of  Maurice Prince of Orange. The portrait is one of a series of eight paintings of members of the House of Orange. Artist unknown. Ordered by The Royal Netherlands Army Museum.

 

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Presentation in a meeting of community Georgian Diaspora

14 January 2007 - presentation in a meeting of community Georgian Diaspora in Amsterdam with the President of the association "Chveneburebi", Miss Giuli Alasania (mother of the President Saakasvhili), Anzor Erqomaischvili, Minister Giorgi Khevaishili, Georgian Ambassador Salome Samadashvili.

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Metamorphoses

 

Photo Dravings - Lars Schubring

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Lecture at Art Academy Antwerpen, 2006

From the right: Teacher Patric Storme, Leentje, Heike, Gert, Tinne Lore, Jef, Gotscha Lagidse.

Gotscha, 2006. Lectures at the Academy of Fine Arts Antwerpen. Invited as "guest proffesor" to give lectures about Conservation and Restoration of metal.

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Lantaarn "Tbilisi", 2006

Two laterns "Tbilisi", made for hotel Sonnenduyn in Bergen aan Zee.

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"Amsterdammer" on the square of city Gertruidenberg

Gotscha, 2005. Amsterdam house front lantern on the market of Gertruidenberg, Netherlands

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G E O R G I Ë D A G   2 0 0 5 - Bagration Community Amsterdam

During this Georgian day in Vondelkerk (Amsterdam) on 21th Octobre 2005 Gotscha held a lecture about his work.

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Chain mail of the famous Georgian King

The Messenger, Tbilisi, 24 juni 2005, By Nino Kopaleishvili

Earlier this year, Lagidze received an offer from the Georgian playwright Dato Turashvili to design chain mail for a film about Georgia's famous king Davit Aghmashenebeli. "Probably I will travel to Tbilisi. It is important to do it in Tbilisi," he says. "The chain mail of Davit Aghmashenebeli is not on a fresco. That is why I want to do it not only for the movie, but for a museum." His love for designing old war equipment exists hand in hand with his love of Georgian history. He was particularly interested in Khevsurian armor and often traveled to the region to study this equipment in the years 1985-88. "Everything started from my teacher Juansher Jurkhadze, who taught me history," he says. More

Armour of Maurce of Orange by Gotscha Lagidse, 2000

ICOMAM Symposium 2004

25 November 2004, participant of the ICOMAM Symposium - "International Council of Museums of Arms and Military History", organized by Royal Netherlands Army and Arms museum in Delft.

EXPOSITION IN SWITZERLAND

Museum Altes Zeughaus Solothurn

Exposition by the Museum Altes Zeughaus Solothurn in Switzerland during of the conference of GHWK - "Gesellschaft für Historische Waffen-und Kostümkunde", participant of the conference of 29 September up to 2 October 2004

Jan van Schaffelaar

Gotscha, 2004. Statue of Dutch Hero Jan van Schaffelaar presented by Museum Nairac Barneveld in May 2004

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Frederich Herlin, 1462 - Stadtmuseum Nordlingen

Pikeman's cuirass presented by The Royal Netherlands Army and Arms Museum

Dutch pikeman's cuirass   

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Miniature suit of armour ordered by Vissercollection

Photo © Rudolf van Veggel

1999 Winner of a prize on an international forum exhibition in Bourglinster, Luxemburg - 1er prix Meilleure pièce exposée (1st prize for the best piece exhibited), at Luxembourg – Bourglinster, Forum International de la Ferronerie d’Art Contemporaine

Helmets, ordered by Bruno Maurer, Swiss Army Museum, 2003

Topfhelm  

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Gothic helmet, presented by Museum "Nairac" in Barneveld, 2004 

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Schild of King Luarsab I of Georgia

 Cavalry helmet and gauntlets, ordered by Vissercollection

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The Khevsurian armour of "Abjari", 1995

Copy of armour of Prince Maurice of Orange

Armour of Prince Maurice of Orange, 1998

Gotscha, 1998. Exposed in the Royal Netherlands Army and Arms Museum in Delft. Very gratefully may be mentioned that the Hofjagd- und Rüstkammer des Kunsthistorischen Museums in Vienna (the owner), as a very rare exception, allowed the personal suit of armour of Prince Maurits to be taken apart, in order for Gotscha carefully to measure every single part of it. (Specification of Armour)

 

Museum quality armour

Armour, helmets, swords etc. made by Gotscha Lagidse have found their way to prominent museums and private collectors in The Netherlands and abroad. Experts consider these objects as a class in their own. Not surprising because Gotscha’s works are based on historical study, a thorough knowledge of materials, unequalled craftsmanship and unconditional dedication.

Historically correct metal restorations

The same museum quality which is so characteristic for Gotscha’s arms and armour can be recognized in his restorations. With unrivalled precision he restores historic metal objects in their old lustre. It does not matter whether it concerns armour parts, swords, sabres, antique lanterns or a relatively modern object like a rare German ‘Falschirmjägergewehr’ from World War II.

About Gotscha

Gotscha Lagidse is born in 1965 in Georgia. Already at a very young age he has a strong interest in historic arms and armour. He studies these thoroughly and starts to reconstruct them. Once established in The Netherlands he leaves his marks with the reconstruction of the horseman’s armour of prince Maurits van Oranje-Nassau for the royal army museum in Delft. Various unique creations follow. Every one of these shows a very well developed artistic feeling and a drive for perfecton. Because of his merit with respect to the preservation of the Dutch cultural inheritance he has been awarded the Dutch nationality in 2005.

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