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Model, window

Model, window

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1962 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Piper, John, born 1903 - died 1992 (designer)
    Reyntiens, Patrick, born 1925 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood and stained glass

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Piper

  • Museum number:

    C.63:1, 2-1976

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The frame of the model, which is in two parts, is of wood, slotted on the front through which are designed to be seen in the upper section a chequer pattern of stained and leaded glass rectangles. The lower section of the larger part consists of a single stained glass panel and the alternative section on the smaller part is hollow.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1962 (made)


Piper, John, born 1903 - died 1992 (designer)
Reyntiens, Patrick, born 1925 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wood and stained glass


Height: 200.5 cm Top section, Width: 221.5 cm Top section, Depth: 14 cm Top section, Height: 178.0 cm Bottom section, Width: 221.5 cm Bottom section, Depth: 14 cm Bottom section, Weight: 73 kg Bottom section, Weight: 110 kg Top section

Object history note

This model was made as part of the Coventry Cathedral Baptistery project, after the initial drawings and before the cartoons.
Given by John Piper when he was living at Fawley Bottom Farmhouse near Henley on Thames.
RP 76/1515 has been absorbed into MA/1/P1383.
Could possibly date to 1958-9.

Historical context note

Letter in RP (17 June 1976) From Piper to Archer:..kind of V&A...to arrange for Philadelphia to borrow the Coventry model...I lent my only list of stained glass to someone...But Martin Harrison (Ely Stained Glass Museum) has a copy....
Letter in RP (19 July 1975) From Piper to Roy Strong: ...I would dearly like to be represented in the Museum by some work with craftsmen - stained glass with Reyntiens, for instance....

Descriptive line

Stained glass model of window, in two sections, for Baptistery, Coventry Cathedral. Designed by John Piper, made by Patrick Reyntiens. English, 1962.

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

Campbell, Louise To build a cathedral : Coventry Cathedral 1945-1962, Warwick, University of Warwick, 1987
Burlington Magazine, July 2003
Darwin, Robin and Spence, Basil, Windows for Coventry. The Ten Stained Glass Windows for the Nave of Coventry Cathedral, June, 1956


Wood; Stained glass


Stained Glass; British Galleries

Production Type



Ceramics Collection

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