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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1450-1499 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glass painted with pigment and silver stain

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Walter Guthrie

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This fragment of stained glass depicts a pinnacle with crockets. It probably originally formed part of a canopied structure on a panel with a saint. Saints were often depicted as devotional figures standing within canopied structures in the Middle Ages and were common in churches in medieval England.

In spite of England's rich tradition of stained glass in the Middle Ages, a great deal was destroyed in the 16th and 17th century religious conflicts and only survives in a fragmentary state.

This fragment is located on 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.

This fragments is 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 a pinnacle with crockets painted in brown/black pigment and silver stain

Place of Origin

England (made)


1450-1499 (made)



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

Stained glass fragment of a crocketted pinnacle. English, second half 15th century. On a composite panel of English and Netherlandish stained glass fragments, 15th to 16th century.




Painting; Staining

Subjects depicted

Architecture; Pinnacle; Crocket


Stained Glass; Religion; British Galleries


Ceramics Collection

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