Experts baffled over stained glass

Intricate stained glass panels depicting the great and the good of the Tudor reign have sparked a history mystery for a firm of Black Country auctioneers.

Fieldings Auctioneers have been given four painted glass panels of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and the Dukes of Northumberland and Buckingham which date back to the 1870s.

Now the question on the lips of experts at the Stourbridge-based firm is: Where did the four regal panels originally come from?

William Farmer, auctioneer at the Market Street firm, said the stained panels had been bought by a Stourbridge man at a sale in 1937, along with a staircase and flagstones.
He then incorporated the panels into doors in his home, but when he sold the house to another resident around 20 years ago, she took them out and packed them away.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, took the panels into Fieldings last week, saying they should go to a good home.

Mr Farmer said the mystery was where the panels had come from in the first place and he was hoping residents might recognise them and contact the auctioneers.

He said it had been suggested they had come from Witley Court in Stourport, former home to the Earls of Dudley.

But he believed the panels could have come from the 17th century Wollaston Hall which is believed to have been dismantled and shipped to America in the mid-1920s.

"In the late Victorian period there was a fashion or trend for items going back to the Tudor period hence why this sort of design would have been popular," he said.

"The panels would have been a one-off commission and they would most likely have gone to a hall or even a stately manor."

Mr Farmer said Fieldings staff had been trying to trace the history of the panels and believed they had been made by designers Heaton, Butler and Bayne from the Covent Garden Glass Company, a well-recognised firm.

600450 Experts baffled over stained glass

See more news about:

Others also read

Local quality glass producer Emirates Glass Limited has won contracts to supply 68,000 square metres of its high quality EmiCool glass to five major projects in Dubai.
Southwall Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SWTX), a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of thin-film coatings for the electronic display, automotive glass and architectural markets, today announced that on Dec. 18, 2003, it secured an agreement for a new bank loan guarantee and equity financing package of up to $7.5 million from Needham & Company, Inc., its affiliates and Dolphin Asset Management.
When did the wine industry start using glass bottles, and how did they settle on their current size of 750ml? For the answer to these questions, you have to go back in time - back thousands of years to when wine was first cultivated and enjoyed.
Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) today announced that its subsidiary Praxair Canada Inc.'s specialty gases plant in Paris, Ontario, Canada, is one of Praxair's first specialty gases plants in North America to complete the upgrade to ISO 9001:2000, the latest ISO 9000 standard for quality.
KUB Malaysia Bhd has accepted an offer from Nippon Sheet Glass Co Ltd (NSG) to acquire its 15% stake in Malaysian Sheet Glass Bhd (MSG) for RM32.6 million in cash, or RM2.68 per share.
Co-Ventures in Glass Containers (CVIGC, Ltd.) of Tampa, Florida, USA and Micro-Tek Canada, Inc. Of Toronto, Canada are excited to announce the beginning of a long term joint venture to combine their extensive experiences and resources to offer the Glass Container Industry globally a best value alternative for all their outsourcing needs in manufacturing, operations and technical assistance agreements, specifically targeted to the smaller manufacturers who have found the larger service companies to be cost and profit prohibitive.The principals of the two companies have found a global need for smaller glass companies who require excellent technical resources to properly compete within the industry without the high costs of employing their own staffs or outsourcing their requirements to the larger service companies whose own operating costs and overhead are substantial.

Add new comment