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A Saint kneeling before a donor couple, stained glass panel, said to have come from a church in Cologne, German, dated 1695 in the cartouche

Clear glass with black brown and black paint, yellow-stain rim to the central scene and stain and red enamel on the inscription cartouche

Height: 610mm, approximate
Width: 590mm, approximate

Museum number: SG38

Curatorial note

Nine panels form a rectangular window. In the central panel a monk-saint kneels before a prayer desk which displays an open book. On the far left, and slightly elevated on a cloud, are a seated couple with an open book on their laps. To the right is shown the headboard and part of the monk's bed. Above this is a distant scene of a horseman about to jump over a canal with an angel hovering above him, possibly referring to the manner of the donor's death. The lower panel is a cartouche inscribed in script: Ioannes Merlen dieser Reichs Freijer Statt Cöllen Rechen Meister und Schreiber wie auch Elisabetha Schönenbergs Eheleute Anno 1605. John Merlen, Treasurer(?) and Notary of this Free Imperial City of Cologne and Elizabeth Schönenbergs, husband and wife. Anno 1695. (Transcription and translation provided by Paul Sharpling). This is a memorial panel for an official valuer and writer and his wife.

The remaining sections form an elaborate border with stylised fruit and leaves, and at the upper sides two angels hold scrolling ribbons. Like SG37 the typically Dutch style of glass painting used for the supporting angels was common in North Germany at this time. Another example, dated 1699, is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Literature

Bernard Rackham, A Guide to the Collections of Stained Glass, Victoria and Albert Museum. London: V&A Department of Ceramics, 1936 466-1905
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, pp 179-179


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