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RESERVED Antique Glass Teardop, Gothic Revival Church Window Fragment, White Tudor Rose of York, Historic English Artifact

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This is a beautiful antique stained glass fragment, once forming part of an English Gothic Revival church window. The piece is hand cut in the shape of a teardrop and is handpainted in glazes. In the centre of the teardop is the white rose of England - 'the Tudor Rose of York' ~ the white rose of York is a historic emblem of England, dating back to the fourteenth century.

The artisan has beautifully rendered the tudor rose in a stylised manner; simple in form and punctuated by tudor studs, as was typical of the Gothic Revival. The style is informed by Tudor and Renaissance decorative motifs; in the 1850s emblems such as the Tudor Rose made a re-appearance and were used to represent aspects of the stained glass window scene, as part of its narrative. The actual symbolism behind the rose has religious connotations as it represents the Virgin Mary, who was often called the Mystical Rose of Heaven. The Yorkist rose is white in colour, because in Christian liturgical symbolism, white is the symbol of light, typifying innocence and purity, joy and glory.

The Gothic Revival was about looking back to the ornamentation of the Gothic middle ages (1100-1500) ~ a desire for the Romantic, traditional and spiritual past brought about by the austerity and darkness of the Victorian era. This is a great example of that drawing on the past ~ it is a lovely romantic piece painted in old ointment pinks, burnt umber browns and yellow ochre.

The glass has been taken out of its lead surround and makes for an attractive object. It is in lovely condition, as you can see it is a little nibbled around the edge. Otherwise no noteworthy defects. It measures 1 1/2 inches x 3 inches.

The little teardrop looks wonderful in natural light. I love the way the colours dramatically change depending upon the light; the red oxides showing as beautiful ointment pinks when the light is infront of the glass and transforming to a black-brown when the glass is illuminated from behind.

This piece of English architectural history would make a lovely gift, or an addition to a vintage-inspired room or display. It would also make a wonderful pendant for a necklace.

RESERVED Antique Glass Teardop, Gothic Revival Church Window Fragment, White Tudor Rose of York, Historic English Artifact


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: Glass, Stained Glass
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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