Answered By: Regan Brumagen Last Updated: Nov 21, 2016 Views: 55
That's a beautiful window. I will look to see if we have anything on the Frick Mansion. In the meantime, would it be okay to post a picture of the window on the stained glass list and see if anyone recognizes the designer/company? Our two curators looked at the window and thought it certainly looked like a typical late 19th century, early 20th century window, but nothing identifiable stood out to them. I also rec'd some responses from the stained glass listserv, which I am going to summarize below:
"There are no defining characteristics that I can see which would attribute this laylight to a specific designer or studio. Similar designs can be found in many period studio and sash and blind millwork company catalogs from the 1890s through the early 1920s.
No reason to look farther than the nearest major city/studio of the period. Pieces like this were the bread and butter of hundreds of studios around the country."
"After looking at it...where some of the joints meet, it looks like copper foil? And it really is quite large, something found in a large room with a high ceiling or on a stair landing. Most likely residential."
"looking at a video of the Frick family mansion, Clayton, in Pittsburgh, it did show four very nice stained glass windows, with excellent glass painting and stain work depicting four ladies of literature, but nothing on the large panel you sent which I am thinking could have even been a skylight."
"Al Tannler of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks foundation probably could make a guess because I am confident he has records of all the local studios operating in the 1890s. (412-471-5808)."
"the window looks to me like it was taken apart and reworked in the past. There are a number of repairs as well."
Sounds like you might want to contact Al Tannler, if you haven't already done that!