After months of painstaking and tedious conservation work, we reinstalled this lay light in the Ames-Webster Mansion on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.
The mansion was built circa 1872 and purchased in 1880 by the Ames family when they did some remodeling and added a new wing to the home, which included this lay light designed by John La Farge.
The panels were cleaned, flattened and cracked glass infused with Hxtal epoxy. The plates in the center panel exhibiting the image of "Aurora", were removed, cracked glass repaired with silicone tinted with pigments and reassembled using the original leads. Only perimeter leads were replaced in the panels.
A big thank you to Dan Maher who replicated some of the cabochons for us that were missing.
For this home, La Farge also designed two "Peacocks and Peonies" windows;
A "Hollyhocks" window and a "Flowering Cherry Tree" window, currently at the Smithsonian Museum and the St. Louis Art Museum respectfully.
These windows were removed in the 1970s and given to the museums when the mansion was remodeled and divided into office space.
The mansion was recently purchased by a sheik and it is being restored to its original glory, no detail or expenses spared. It is an amazing place, to say the least.