Guilds and Crafts

Lessons learned are lessons learned – the proverbial craftsmanship does not fall from the sky, but is the result of hard training and years of professional practice. From the 12th/13th century onwards, guilds not only regulated the training of apprentices and the operation of trades, they also offered artisans a social framework that provided support in everyday life.
Artistic guild objects, such as drinking vessels, signs for inns or guild chests from the 16th to the 19th century, convey an idea of the artisan’s self-image and professional pride.