From our European Collection, #3 of a set of three fine 19th century stained and leaded glass architectural panels, ex-Christies, most likely of British origin, featuring a central heraldic crest or family coat of arms within a shield in the central panel, flanked on both sides by various mosaics of stained leaded glass in vibrant reds, yellows, golds, blues, whites, greens and browns, each containing various decorative, architectural, and figural elements such as fleur de lis motifs, other floral patterns, partial writings in what appears to be either Olde English or Latin, and various portraiture motifs of people and so forth. The particular families to whom these crests belong have not been identified, but the presumption is that these panels possibly originate from private family residences as opposed to public structures, and that perhaps these crests belonged to families of some stature, but not nobility per se. However, the general workmanship and style of these pieces suggests a single artisan designed and created all three, leaving open the possibility as well that these were entirely decorative creations not meant to stand for or signify connection to any particular family or lineage. In any event, they are each lovely examples of the stained glass art form with clear 19th century age and major auction house bonfides.
Size and Condition: Panel #3 is the largest one at 52 1/2 inches long, and 11 inches high. Condition is generally excellent with all three panels, but this 3rd one has the most significant flaw amongst the three in the form of a six-pronged star crack in the central shield, measuring about 3 - 3.5 inches across each radiating axis. This can be very well repaired though by a competent restorer. But due to the age of these pieces and the inherent fragility of the art form, we recommend professional crating for shipment.