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Tiffany’s ecclesiastic masterpiece

Freeman’s to celebrate Tiffany’s ecclesiastical masterpiece Nov. 10

Tiffany’s ecclesiastic masterpiece
Tiffany Studios’ ‘Angels Representing Seven Churches’ Freeman’s image

PHILADELPHIA – Freeman’s will present a set of seven rediscovered church windows by Tiffany Studios in a dedicated auction on Nov. 10. The windows come to auction with a presale estimate of $150,000-$250,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Commissioned in 1902 for the New Jerusalem Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, Tiffany’s Angels Representing Seven Churches is an important surviving testament to the studio’s artistry.

Angels Representing Seven Churches was saved before the demolition of the New Jerusalem Church in 1964. The glasswork spent the next four decades in storage.

Experts Arthur Femenella and Kathy Jordan began restoration on the windows in the early 2000s. During the project, they discovered the Tiffany Studios signature on the windows. After more than 100 years, including 40 hidden from public view, the name of the windows’ important maker was finally rediscovered.

For the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, Tiffany Studios created a chapel interior with leaded glass windows and other embellishments. This exposure added to the studio’s reputation and allowed them to take advantage of the growing demand for new church interiors in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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