Last week, a rare set of seven glass Tiffany Studios windows sold at Philadelphia’s Freeman auction $705,000, more than double its pre-sale high estimate of $250,000.
After online and phone bidding, the set was won by a Philadelphia-based philanthropist, who plans to display the windows in a museum, according to Freeman’s statement on the sale.
Commissioned from Tiffany Studios in 1902 for the New Jerusalem Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, Angels Representing Seven Churches comprises a set of eight-foot-high glass panels each depicting a winged angel, the title and imagery of which refers to an episode from the Bible’s Book of Revelation.
Churches accounted for a majority of Tiffany’s commissions. By the early 20th century the design studio, headed by Louis Comfort Tiffany was a leading producer of painted glass, following recognition for the studio’s presentation of a chapel interior of leaded glass windows at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
A similar example of the Tiffany glass window pane design resides at the the Richard H. Dreihaus Museum in Chicago.