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  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (made)

  • Date:

    1600-1699 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Clear glass painted with pigment and enamels

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. Grosvenor Thomas

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This fragment of painted glass displays a painting of a parrot holding two cherries in its beak. Many treatises were being published in the 17th century in the Netherlands as interest in the natural world and its classification increased. This interest was stimulated by increased long-distance trade and exploration. Scientists often travelled with merchants and explorers and recorded and sometimes brought back species of hitherto unknown animal and plant life. Artists in all media, including stained glass, would copy images from these treatises.

In the middle of the sixteenth century, new techniques for producing decorated glass were introduced. Glass paints known as 'enamels' were used to paint directly onto the glass; similar to painting onto a canvas. The colours were produced by adding metallic oxides to a glass frit mixture and the resulting colour range included delicate greens, yellows and reds as you see here.

Physical description

Fragment of clear glass painted with an image of a parrot with green and yellow plummage. The parrot has two red cherries in his beak. The whole is painted in brown/black pigment and enamels.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (made)


1600-1699 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Clear glass painted with pigment and enamels

Object history note

Formerly in the collection of Grosvenor Thomas, the stained glass collector and dealer. The current selection and arrangement of fragments in this panel was done subsequent to their arrival in the Museum's collections.

Descriptive line

Fragment of clear glass painted in enamels and brown black pigment, depicting a parrot with two cherries in its beak. Netherlands, 17th century





Subjects depicted

Cherries; Parrot


Stained Glass


Ceramics Collection

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