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  • Place of origin:

    Switzerland (made)
    Rapperswil (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1617 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wetzstein, Balthasar (painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Clear and flashed glass with brown/black pigment, silver stain and enamel paint

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Panel clear and flashed glass with silver stain, brown/black pigment and enamels depicting a bearded man in armour with, to his left, a shield (azure, a vase, or, with flowers proper), with full achievements and crest. Above, in the left corner, a representation of St George and the Dragon. In the right corner there is a lion holding a sceptre and there is a sun above a triple mount, which appears to have originally been part of another panel. Underneath this image of a lion, there is a fragment of replacement glass, inserted upside down, showing part of the crucified Christ. Underneath, there is an inscription. In the right hand bottom corner there is a signature in monogram (BW).

Place of Origin

Switzerland (made)
Rapperswil (probably, made)


1617 (made)


Wetzstein, Balthasar (painter)

Materials and Techniques

Clear and flashed glass with brown/black pigment, silver stain and enamel paint

Marks and inscriptions

Herr Mathe Negelly des Rats und dee zytt Bumeister der statt Rapper schwyll 1617
Located at the bottom of the panel.


Width: 270 mm unframed, Height: 399 mm unframed

Object history note

Purchased along with C.558 to 559-1921 from C.H. Bramley Firth of Lowndes Square, London.

Descriptive line

Panel of clear and flashed glass decorated with silver stain, brown/black pigment and enamel paints. Depicting the arms of Matthaus Naegeli. Swiss, attributed to the workshop of Balthasar Wetzstein in Rapperswill. Dated 1617.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Boesch, Paul, Die Glasmalerwerksstatte Weiss in Weesen (Zeitschrift fur Schweizerische Archaologie und Kunstgeschichte, 1945), p.135-140
Wyss, Franz, Einige Streiflichter auf die Glasmalerie in Rapperswill und Weesen (Zeitschrift fur schweizerische Archaologie und Kunstgeschichte, 1946), p.80-91
Boesch, Paul, Statscheiben von Rapperwil (Schweizerisches Archiv fur Heraldik, 1952

Production Note

The date of 1617 on the panel may be commemorating an event rather than a date of construction.




Painting; Staining


Stained Glass


Ceramics Collection

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