I was directed to this discussion group by a helpful member of a different
stained glass forum. That member thought this venue might be a better locale
for information related to a stained glass window that I picked up recently at
The window appears to be a lower left section of a larger multi-window church
display, which I suspect illustrated either the ascension of Christ or his
crucifixion. It was cataloged as a 46" x 30.5" 19th century piece, but no other
information accompanied the lot.
I recently received the following reply from a specialist in the Boston area to
an email inquiry about the piece:
"It was listed in European Dec Arts because it's an English window, probably by
John Hardman & Co., Manchester, or by Heaton, Butler & Bayne, London. I doubt
it's an Ascension, because the Romans weren't there when he ascended.
Crucifixion is a good guess. The dark drape on the upper right is probably the
robe of Mary Magdalene, the woman who is traditionally shown kneeling at the
foot of the cross. Typically, Crucifixions have Mary the Mother of Jesus on the
left side and St. John on the right (a young man without a beard). There would
also have been a dedication section below it, probably with Gothic canopy work
around it. That's about all I can tell you."
I'm hoping to augment the information I have on-hand with any wisdom that
members here may be able to empart, particularly as to attribution or history.
I bought the window because I like it, but also because I enjoy uncovering the
history of antiques. Is there any way to track down the church from which this
piece likely originated? Did either of the two companies listed above (assuming
the attribution thoughts are correct) keep records of their production with
descriptors that might nail down origin and initial disposition?
And, lastly, and suggetions on conservation and the best method for setting up a backlit shadow box for the piece? Given its age, I'm not likely to use it as a
"window" and more likely to use it as a art piece for the wall.
If the link above doesn't work, I can email a picture of the window.