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Window with Grisaille Decoration

ca. 1320–30
Made in Rouen, France
Pot metal glass, colorless glass, silver stain, and vitreous paint
Overall: 28 1/4 x 23 1/2 in. (71.8 x 59.7 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1948
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 08
The five panels assembled here come from at least four different lancets of the choir windows at Saint-Ouen at Rouen. They incorporate three different patterns of stylized leaves and tendrils, one with silver-stained blossoms, and three different strapwork designs in four combinations. All are known to have originated in this glazing program. The botanical theme is continued in the border pattern and in three of the central bosses or fermaillets. The combination of grisaille, silver stain, and colored glass is typical of fourteenth-century French stained glass.
From the choir chapels of the abbey church of Saint-Ouen, Rouen; [ André Lion, Paris (sold 1948)]
Caviness, Madeline H., ed. Stained Glass Before 1700 in American Collections: New England and New York (Corpus Vitrearum Checklist I). Studies in the History of Art, Vol. 15. Washington, D.C.: National Art Gallery, 1985. p.107.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Recent Acquisitions, 1985-1986 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (1986). pp. 16-17.

Husband, Timothy B., and Charles T. Little. Europe in the Middle Ages. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. no. 106, p. 114.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 163, p. 139.

Hayward, Jane. English and French Medieval Stained Glass in The Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Volume 2, edited by Mary B. Shepard, and Cynthia Clark. Corpus Vitrearum USA, Vol. 1. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003. no. 67, pp. 11-13, 15-18, fig. 67, 67a, 67.1.

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