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Tiffany Studios Rare 'Peacock' Window

Origin United States, New York
Period 19th Century
Materials Leaded glass and bronze
Condition Good.
Creation Date circa 1890-95
Description This leaded glass window is likely one of the earliest examples in Louis Comfort Tiffany’s oeuvre in which the motif of the peacock has been translated into the medium of glass. Tiffany frequently utilized the vibrant feathers of the bird in his work, from the mosaic-encrusted peacocks on the walls of the Havemeyer mansion built in 1890-91 to several large scale leaded glass windows, leaded glass lamp shades and smaller decorative objects such as the favrile glass vases, enameled boxes and bronze mirrors that were produced through the 1920’s.

While the Tiffany windows created for public buildings and churches were recorded in lists published by the company as advertising pamphlets, records for many of the domestic commissions are scarce. The windows made for domestic settings could be found in the homes of many of the prominent Gilded Age families of the late 19th and early 20th centuries; however, information about these were most likely recorded internally, and sadly, much of that documentation was either lost or destroyed after the company closed permanently in the early 1930’s.

Although the original owner of this window is unknown, the piece itself offers some clues as to its original context. When viewed from the back, the original wooden frame is visible: along the right edge of the frame are three cut-outs for hinges and on the left edge of the frame is another cut-out where latch hardware would have been affixed. In all likelihood, the window was installed on a landing where it would have been opened for ventilation. The presence of a another original exterior frame attached to the frame with the cut-outs still retains its period weatherproofing, further evidence of the original placement of the window.

Lillian Nassau, 2002
Private Collection, New York
Styles / Movements Art Glass, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts
Incollect Reference Number 231002
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