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Where do I begin? This window originally came from an un-identified church in Boston. At the turn of the century a number of American stained glass studios were producing ecclesiastical stained glass work. Many stained glass studios were churning out cookie-cutter painted religious windows from stock pattern books at the time, but a select few studios actually had skilled original designers working for them. This window was obviously produced by the latter and is clearly designed by a particular artist. The easy stylistic painting style is truly beautiful and somewhat unique. The break from the Victorian-style of ultra-realistic painting makes me date this after the turn of the century. It was probably produced between 1900 and 1920.
RESTORATION: This window was so beautiful I just had to save it. It has undergone an extensive restoration. Mary came to me in many, many pieces. I have a philosophy of honoring the efforts of the original artist and what they created with their own hands 100 years ago. I believe a broken shard created by an original artist is more valuable than any modern replacement I can create. When I restore antiques, I preserve as much of the original material as possible. What this means in layman's terms is... this window has broken pieces. Lots of them. I do not replace broken pieces with new ones, so if you are looking for a pristine antique window with zero flaws this is not for you.
To put this window back together over 70 pieces have been edge-glued back together. The only replacements are where pieces were missing completely. New pieces have been married into old ones and some glued cracks are visible since it is extremely ugly and distracting to cover every single break with a lead line. In some cases chipped paint is visible where cracks occurred. This window required a complete re-leading since the original leading was un-salvageable. All replacement glass was vintage hand-blown and I was able to match colors very closely. The replacement lead was vintage leading from the 1960's which matched the old lead more closely than modern leading. The window has been re-glazed, reinforced and framed and is now very sturdy and ready to display as artwork.
SIZE is around 2' by 5'
Frame is a rough-hewn, plain, routed wood framing to reinforce the window and make it easier to display.
For the complete story of this window and it's long road to restoration, along with before and after pictures of the work done, you can view my blog:
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