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Fragment

Fragment

  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1450-1499 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glass painted with pigment and silver stain

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Walter Guthrie

  • Museum number:

    C.381:4-1934

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This fragment of stained glass depicts what appears to be draped clothing. So little has survived that we cannot identify it any further.

This fragment is part of a panel which is composed of many different stained glass fragments. These fragments were originally from a variety of panels made in England and in the Netherlands from the late 15th to the 16th centuries. They were part of the collection of Walter Guthrie. Collectors of stained glass in the 19th and early 20th centuries would often glaze a variety of fragments together and then display them in the windows of their homes or galleries. These are known as 'composite panels'. The current arrangement of fragments in this composite panel was done after they entered the museum's collection.

These fragments are all clear glass with decoration composed of simple brown/black pigment and silver (yellow) stain. In the early part of the 14th century a new technique of decorating glass was developed. This consisted of painting a compound of silver on the back of the glass which, after firing in a kiln, turns yellow. Many panels from the 14th through to the 16th century are decorated simply in yellow (silver) stain and highlighted with a brown/black pigment.

Physical description

Fragment of glass painted with an image of figure playing what appears to be a flute. The whole decorated in brown/black pigment and silver (yellow) stain.

Place of Origin

England (probably, made)

Date

1450-1499 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Glass painted with pigment and silver stain

Object history note

The fragments on this panel are part of a large bequest of stained glass from Walter Guthrie. Guthrie was a collector of 'interesting' pieces of stained glass. This particular assemblage of glass includes English and Netherlandish painted and stained pieces of glass. They range in date from the second half of the 15th century and into the 16th century. Their current grouping on this composite panel was done subsequent to their entering the Museum's collections.

Descriptive line

Fragment of clear glass painted with silver (yellow) stain and brown/black pigment depicting a n unidentified item of clothing. Probably made in England in the second half of the 15th century.

Materials

Glass

Techniques

Painting; Staining

Subjects depicted

Clothing

Categories

Stained Glass; British Galleries

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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