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 Posted: Thu Nov 7th, 2019 06:49 pm
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Tiffany windows from closed church to be sold/auctioned in Chicago area.

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/11/05/historic-tiffany-stained-glass-windows-from-church-that-burned-have-been-restored-will-go-up-for-auction/?fbclid=IwAR2mnNy_qij4YeJQg96nIIl7QARfvMPiyXF2FClS3Fgy-1BP8fqGwW2gLwU



 Posted: Thu Nov 7th, 2019 10:26 pm
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Interesting. Tiffany 1910 lists three windows (Annunciation, Transfiguration and Nativity) and the catch all "ornamental windows" (which can mean anything).

The fire was in 1972. The Chicago Tribune reported at the time that three Tiffany windows were destroyed (smashed by the firemen to clear the church of smoke). The Tribune listed the themes as being the Annunciation, Ascension and Nativity. Well, Transfiguration is often mistaken for Ascension. Although maybe there was indeed also an Ascension window in the church.

The auction shows two windows, Nativity, and Crucifixion. So maybe the latter post-dates 1910.

I have yet to find any articles about when any of the windows were installed.

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 Posted: Thu Nov 7th, 2019 10:43 pm
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I just noticed that the auction house claims the windows date to 1880. The windows do not date to 1880. They do not look like 1880 windows and they are not listed in Tiffany's 1897 publication so likely are post-1897.

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Another TV report on the windows up for auction:

https://abc7chicago.com/society/140-year-old-tiffany-windows-being-auctioned-after-surviving-fire/5676624/

I have also managed to find a 1900 Chicago Tribune article, which dates the Annunciation, Transfiguration and Nativity windows. (The article does not mention Tiffany but this date matches the 1897-1910 range consistent with Tiffany's publications, and the themes match.)

Interestingly, the Tribune article mentions that the Nativity design was after Correggio's "Holy Night" painting, presumably this one:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nativity_(Correggio)

And in fact the "Nativity" window in the auction is more commonly called "Adoration of the Magi" and is after a design by Hofmann:

https://www.amazon.com/Adoration-Heinrich-Hoffmann-1824-1911-German/dp/B00PIHKLIG

So both windows in the auction are not mentioned in Tiffany's 1910 list. Which likely means that if they are by Tiffany then they both post-date 1910.

I was wondering if the "Adoration of the Magi" window was designed (in glass) by Edward Peck Sperry. There is a Tiffany window with a version of this design in Middle Collegiate Church in NYC:

http://www.cambridge2000.com/tiffany/html/photo/1.1.18.2.1.html

This pre-dates Frederick Wilson's involvement with Tiffany and so Sperry would be an obvious candidate to be the designer. If so, then possibly the auction window was by Church Glass and Decorating Company. But I haven't managed to find any dates for either of the two windows in the auction. So this is very uncertain.

Wayne



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