OVER 19 YEARS OF SELLING INTERNATIONALLY ON EBAY
In this lot we are pleased to
offer a superb pair of 16th century crown and stain glass
This museum quality pair of
16th century windows consists of two tondo panels, one depicting the
Holy Trinity, and the other, the Last Supper inset within circular crown glass
medallions and positioned over two panels bearing portraits of noblemen and
coats of arms which are also inset with circular crown glass medallions. The
circular and thick round pieces called crown glass are identifiable by the
distinctive lump of glass left by the pontil rod. They were used both domestically and
ecclesiastically in windows of the 16th century.
The two portraits of noblemen
relate to the Duchy of "Braunschweig-Lünenburg" (Brunswich-Lüneburg)
of lower Saxony Germany. These portraits
are inscribed with various text in both Latin and German, one bearing the date
1546. The coats of arms below the left
portrait are clearly that of the House of Welf, (also Guelf or Guelph). While purely speculative, this could possibly
be a portrait of Ernest the Confessor, (1497–1546), who reigned over the Duchy
and helped to firmly establish the Lutheran faith in the Germanic held territories
of the Holy Roman Empire.
The portrait on the right,
once again with speculation, could possibly be that of John Frederick I,
(1503-1554), Elector of Saxony and head of the Schmalkadic League and/or
Schmalkadic War of 1546.
Further research by the proud
new owner of these superb windows should easily produce more fruit and
appreciation of them.
Framed as a pair within a
newer pine outer frame, the windows measure 36 by 33 inches.
Condition: Good and strong colors, including yellow. Portions are probably re-leaded with some
cracks apparent (refer our listing photographs). There is some rubbing to painted surfaces
with possibly minor retouching.
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