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Tiffany Glass & Decorating Co.
Early Peacock Window

Tiffany Glass & Decorating Co.  Early  Peacock Window 1
Tiffany Glass & Decorating Co.  Early  Peacock Window 1
American, circa 1890-95
Leaded glass, bronze support rods, in wooden frame
Sight: 52 ½” high, 38 ½” wide

This leaded glass window is likely one of the earliest examples in Louis Comfort Tiffany’s oeuvre in which the motif of the peacock has been translated into glass. Tiffany frequently utilized the vibrant plumage of the bird, from the mosaic-encrusted peacocks on the walls of the H.O. Havemeyer mansion in 1890-91 to the several large scale leaded glass windows, leaded glass lamp shades and smaller decorative objects such as the favrile glass vases, enamels and bronze mirrors that were produced through the 1920’s.

While the Tiffany windows created for public buildings and churches were recorded in lists published by the firm as advertising pamphlets, records for many of the domestic commissions are scarce. The windows made for domestic settings could be found in the homes of many of the Gilded Age families of the late 19th and early 20th centuries; however, information about these were most likely recorded internally, and sadly, much of that documentation was either lost or destroyed after the company closed permanently in the 1930’s.

Although the original owner of this window is unknown, the piece itself offers some clues as to its original context. When viewed from the back, the original wooden frame is visible: along the right edge of the frame are three cut-outs for hinges and on the left edge of the frame is another cut-out where latch hardware would have been affixed. In all likelihood, the window was installed on a landing where it would have been opened for ventilation. The presence of a another original exterior frame attached to the frame with the cut-outs still retains its period weatherproofing, further evidence of the original placement of the window.

Lillian Nassau, 2002
Private Collection, New York