Antique Tiffany Amber Ecclesiastical Glass Roundels and Cherubs


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The Tiffany glass cherub design most aptly reflects the 1897 Hoffmann Memorial Window sketch for All Angels’ Church, “reproduced in glass under the supervision of Mr. Louis C. Tiffany.” The design is described: “In the head of the window is filled with Cherubs singing the every lasting song”.

Offering Tiffany Amber Ecclesiastical Glass window with Cherub Roundels. An early 20th Century Tiffany glass window (c. 1896-1910) with amber color roundels -15 small plain and 14 large three-dimensional cherubs. Each cherub measures 5 inches in diameter. An utterly exquisitely ornate glass Tiffany window in drapery glass. This is an authentic Louis Comfort Tiffany Studios “glass painting” – Tiffany referred to his windows as glass paintings. The glass requires cleaning and is found in the same condition as shown. My research indicates that the window was part of the upper section of a central stained glass chancel from The All Angels’ Episcopal Church in New York City. The church was built in 1890 and eventually demolished in 1979. The contents were sold at auction. 1976 article read: “All Angels’ Episcopal Church at 80th Street and West End Ave, a fine structure by one of New York’s most distinguished 19th century architects, John B Snook, is looking for a new user who will appreciate Tiffany Glass and Karl Bitter Sculpture.” The Karl Bitter Sculpture (pulpit) is housed at the MET in NYC (I’ve thoroughly done all my research, see links below).

Further online research indicates that the owner (Gene Holloway) of the Sea Wolf Restaurant in Tampa, Florida attended the All Angels Church auction and purchased many of these Tiffany windows and artifacts around 1978. The Florida restaurant featured 4 dining halls: The Captain’s Room, the Patio Room, the Garden Room, and the Tiffany Room. This amber Tiffany window was most likely located in the Tiffany Room of the Sea Wolf Restaurant, Inc. The experience of eating at the Sea Wolf Restaurant was often described as dining in a museum! The restaurant displayed many authentic Tiffany windows throughout its walls. The souvenir menu of the Sea Wolf claimed the restaurant was bespeckled like a ‘royal palace’. Read more about the Sea Wolf’s magical interior. And the restaurant was indeed glistening like a cathedral – for these ecclesiastical Tiffany windows were such ornate masterpieces!

I acquired this window along with several others at auction in the early 80’s (1985) after the Sea Wolf Restaurant in Tampa, Florida permanently closed its doors in 1983. I am not a collector of glass. I am only interested in selling to a buyer or collector that truly appreciates and can share and cherish this work of art. I will consider offers. Photograph of the Sea Wolf Restaurant in Florida with a very large stained glass window.

This is a great museum piece that should be properly cleaned, preserved, and restored to its original historical beauty. View the Original NYC All Angels’ Episcopal Church which was ‘hastily demolished’ and replaced by apartments (West Riverhouse). New York Times quote: “”Among its treasures was a two-and-a- half-story Tiffany window and a pulpit ringed with limestone angels that wrapped around the banister and paraded toward the top. There, a carved wooden angel leaned out and blew his trumpet into the center of the sanctuary.” In the article, church member Paul Johnson described the Tiffany window as displaying a ‘very golden light’. From the location of the pulpit in the photograph, I strongly believe he is describing one of these ecclesiastical amber windows. You can detect the circular stained glass designs roundel cropped in the left corner of this vintage 1910 NYC image. The cherubs adorn the central stained glass of the chancel and flank above the angel’s trumpet (left choir area) The pulpit located directly in front of these cherub windows is conserved in the American Wing of the American Metropolitan Museum. @metmuseum, Why not preserve some of these glass roundel windows? Based on the photograph, the stained glass windows (both lancet and oculus) in the left corner surrounding the pulpit were designed with this roundel cherub pattern.

This is a piece of history! An authentic antique… Based on this image found on the Met, the amber windows were located along the left side of this central nave passageway.So the golden glow from these Tiffany amber roundel windows would reflect downward onto the Karl Bitter Trumpet Sculpture and direct the path toward the central intersection of the nave and transept. The atmospheric glow created from these amber Tiffany glass windows highlights the church/museum experience!

In a 2002 oral history interview, Holloway recalls his large Tiffany collection fondly: “One was a thirty foot tall, twenty four foot wide Louis Tiffany window and it was called Angels Ascending to Heaven….the church had it appraised, uh, insured for half a million dollars…when the auction started..there was, uh, seven lancet windows…” To peak your interests, review pages 38-39 of the interview.

In case you would like further verification, I suggest you review this source: In This Place: Centennial history of All Angels’ Church in the Diocese of New York, 1859-1959. It might contain more interior images of the cherub details. Possibly reference this 1943 All Angels’ Church resource as well. $9,995