Hi everyone. I tried to research these myself, but came up empty handed. I was told they were 50 years old and came from the Payne Speirs Studio. Is the artwork consistant with their style? Were they known to have produced panels with the 'Gnome' theme? The panels are 8" x 11".
I would greatly appreciate hearing any ideas about the pieces. Thanks.
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Last edited on Tue Nov 29th, 2011 03:41 pm by Nomis
Due to the size of these pieces, I would think they were originally made as inserts in residential windows or doors that were basically clear leaded glass.....many studios were called on to design whimsical work such as these....even though their religious work was more well known/popular. Spiers, not Speirs, if that makes a difference in your searches.
Thanks Krueger for the reply. I've been studying the way the faces have been painted and comparing them to other panels I have found online. Also looking at the painting technique on the beards and hair for clues, but my eye is not trained. If these are creations out of the Payne-Spiers Studio, can anyone tell if George Spiers painted them himself? Or maybe an associate?
Last edited on Tue Nov 29th, 2011 07:26 pm by Nomis
I rather doubt the actual glass painter will be discovered........many glass painters would and still do copy the work of others, including drawings from children's books, if that is what the client has selected. You might want to keep a folder of all the things you find on line that Payne-Spiers did.....and also you might look at geneology web sites, for both Payne and Spiers.....you might find family members who would have records of who else worked at the studios.....
I've always loved those. In Columbus Ohio, I first saw gnomes like that at Franklin Art Glass in German Village. When I was in 8th grade our art class took a field trip there and I saw Wilhelm Kielblock painting at the easel. In the front entry of the Franklin building they have some gnome panels about that size in the side lights. I doubt that Kielblock ever worked for Payne Speirs, but they're certainly the same genre. I couldn't find any photos of Kielblock's gnomes online. I did find a video that briefly shows a couple of them about 2:28 into the video.