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Character-Defining Stained Glass

Historic stained glass is a character-defining feature! Beginning in the mid-19th century, the Victorians loved colored glass and used a lot of it in their homes. It’s popularity continued into the 20th century and it was used in homes of many styles. Whether produced by a master artist or in a decorative arts factory, it is characteristic of the time and important to the character of the house.┬áIt should be preserved. There are experts who can restore damaged stained glass and provide advice for maintaining glass that has survived without damage.

This lovely transom window dates to 1902 and features stylized floral elements of the then emerging Art Nouveau style combined with more typical Victorian elements. It may have been produced in Great Britain and is installed in a palace in Bikaner, India. The same palace has a number of British-made decorative finishes including ceramic tile and cast iron. Similar British products were imported to the US in addition to being produced here.

Decorative art glass is discussed in Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers (it is currently 32% off on Amazon! http://ow.ly/N7ba50y4PSL).

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