American Decorative Arts
Maker, possibly by: J. & R. Lamb Studios, American, 1857–1970

Window Fragment

ca. 1900

Stained glass and lead

43 3/4 x 21 1/2 in. (111.13 x 54.61 cm)
Anonymous gift
2012.102.1
This fragment from an ecclesiastical window depicts the upper portion of a standing figure with its arm raised. As the figure has been removed from its original setting, it is difficult to identify it or what narrative it helped convey. It is, however, a sound example of late nineteenth-century stained-glass technique. The green and gray garments are made of opalescent glass, a type of glass introduced in America in the 1870s that had a milky, iridescent quality. Stained-glass artists began incorporating textured glass into their windows for added decorative effect. Thick glass with a swirling, folded texture was called drapery glass and was used frequently in the depiction of clothing. In addition to these two innovations, this fragment shows how glassmakers painted hands and faces using pigments that were fused to the glass surface.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Stained Glass
Geography: 
Possibly made in New York, New York
Status: 
Not on view
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