Lot 312
  • 312

Tiffany Studios

100,000 - 150,000 USD
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  • Tiffany Studios
  • "River of Life" Roundel Window
  • signed TIFFANY STVDIOS/NEW YORK and inscribed IN MEMORY OF MARGARET BAKER in lead came
  • leaded glass with iron frame


Free Hospital for Women, Brookline, Massachusetts, circa 1905
Skinner, Boston, December 20, 2008, lot 69


Tiffany Studios, List of Tiffany Windows, New York, 1910, p. 65

Catalogue Note

The present window comes from the Free Hospital for Women in Brookline, Massachusetts, situated on the edge of Olmstead Park and the Charles River.  This hospital, established in 1875 to care for both poor and wealthier women, was the precursor to today’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  It was one of the first hospitals in the area to have a dedicated cancer ward and was also a teaching hospital for the Harvard Medical School.  It was founded by Dr. William Henry Baker (d. 1914), who was presumably a relative of Margaret T. Baker, the window’s dedicatee.  It is recorded in Tiffany Studios’ 1910 list of windows as the “Baker Memorial, landscape” and is one of at least three other stained-glass windows that were installed at the hospital, including another landscape by Tiffany.

Using luscious streaky and striated opalescent glass, Tiffany renders an exquisite “River of Life” composition, a common theme in the firm’s window repertoire.  A distant, mountainous vista with a river and cypress trees stretches out into what could be either sunrise or sunset, with red streaks against yellow clouds on the horizon and blue sky above.  In the foreground, the poppies are made of a purple-ruby glass colored with gold—a rare and expensive glass—and acid-etching creates the cirrus clouds in the sky.  The dedication is made of compound lead cames, cut to form the letters and leaded integrally into the composition along the lower curved edge, where it blends and melds with the foliage of the poppies.

JULIE SLOAN, Stained-Glass Consultant, North Adams, MA